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Customise VITAL homepage layout View

Each of the panels on the homepage can be moved to a different position. The home page is organised into three columns (this cannot be changed).


  • You can drag and drop panels to different areas and columns on the page. Hover the mouse pointer over the title bar of the panel you want to move, click and hold to drag, release the mouse click to drop into the new position.

  • An accessible, keyboard-based facility also lets you move panels around. Click the double arrow button next to the ‘Personalize Page’ button to access this facility, as shown below.
  • Use the arrows on the window to move panels around the screen. Click on the ‘Submit’ button to save changes.

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 For a full guide to what's on the VITAL Home Page see the eLearning Unit 'How to' guide here.


Add a new Content Area to a module View
You can add new sections for content (a content area) to your module from the module menu. Every module will have a default 'Learning Resources' content area. You can add more of these content areas to organise your module contents.

  1. With the Edit Mode ON, hover the mouse pointer over the white cross in the top left of the menu, as shown here.

     


  2. On the pop-up menu that appears, select the Content Area option. 

  3. You have to give the area a name, and if you want it to be immediately accessible to students, check the 'Available to Users' box.
  4. The new area will appear as a link at the bottom of your module menu. You can drag and drop this to a different position on the menu.

(Click here for the eLearning Unit's full guide on building and editing your module menu).
For further help and advice contact the eLearning Unit: elearning@liv.ac.uk

Build and edit module menu structure (add new content sections, links, etc) View

All modules in VITAL are set up with a basic structure which you can modify by:

  • adding new sections for content
  • re-ordering the module menu and adding dividers and sub-headers
  • adding links to external sites, items in the module and specific tools (e.g. the discussion board) to the module menu.

 All of these modifications are carried out directly on the module menu (highlighted on the upper image here and enlarged below it).

 


The enlargement above shows three main aspects of the module menu.

  • Hovering over this white cross (A) reveals a drop down menu of options for creating new sections, dividers, links etc on the module menu.
  • Hovering the mouse pointer by a menu item will reveal a downward arrow icon (B) which when clicked reveals a dropdown menu of editing options for that section.
  • Hovering the mouse pointer by a menu item also reveals a two-way arrow icon (C) which indicate that the item can be dragged and dropped to reorder the module menu.

 

Modifying the module menu structure is done on a module by module basis. You cannot make templates for re-use. Students will see the module menu exactly as you create it (without the editing functionality). Where there is no content in a section students will not see that link on their view of the menu (empty sections are indicated to you by a grey, dotted-line icon next to the link as shown below.




You can also choose to hide a menu link and its associated content from students. If a module section is hidden from students you will see the icon below next to the link title.


Click here for the eLearning Unit's full guide on building and editing your module menu.
For further help and advice contact the eLearning Unit: 
elearning@liv.ac.uk


Add a menu link to an item in the module View

You can create a link from a module menu to a specific section or content item within that module. This might be used for a quick link for students to a module assessment, or to a folder containing important resources, for example.

 

  1. To add a course link to your module menu, with the Edit Mode ON, hover the mouse pointer over the white cross in the top left of the module menu, as shown here.     

  2.  On the pop-up menu that appears, click on the Course Link option.

     

  3. You will be prompted for a Name for the link and the location of where you want to link to in your module. Click on the Browse button to open a directory of all the sections and items in your module, as shown in the example below. You can open and close sections to find and select an item as you would with Windows Explorer.


  4. If you want it to be immediately accessible to students, check the 'Available to Users' box.

     

  5. Click 'Submit'. The link will appear at the bottom of your module menu. You can drag and drop this to a different position on the menu.


Create a divider in the menu View

You can add line dividers to a menu layout (these have no text attached to them) to separate logically sections of your module menu. They can be dragged and dropped up and down the module menu.

  1. To add a divider to your module menu, with the Edit Mode ON, hover the mouse pointer over the white cross in the top left of the module menu, as shown here.     

  2. On the pop-up menu that appears, click on the Divider option.

      


    3. The divider will appear at the bottom of your module menu. You can drag and drop this to a different position on the menu.


    Click here for the eLearning Unit's full guide on building and editing your module menu.
    For further help and advice contact the eLearning Unit: 
    elearning@liv.ac.uk