Make Homepage Editable
Modify the homepage if you want different widgets or a different layout. Or replace the standard widgets page entirely, if you wish. For example, you can make a course tool, such as Contents, the first thing students see when they enter the course.
Make an Editable Copy of the Homepage
You must make a copy of your homepage before you can make changes.
- Click “Course Admin” on Pilot’s main navigation bar.
- On the Course Administration page, click “ Homepages.”
- On the Homepages page, click the small triangle next to “Course Homepage” and choose, “Copy.”
Now you will see a blue link that says “Course Homepage – Copy.” That is your editable homepage. Before you can use it, you have to make it active.
- Under “Active Homepages,” click the drop-down menu and select your new editable homepage.
- After you select the editable page, click “Apply.”
- Now you can click that “Course Homepage – Copy” link and begin to modify the homepage.
Edit the Homepage
On the “Edit Homepage” page, the first options you have are to rename this editable version of the homepage and to provide a description. Both of these options are for your benefit only. Students won’t see them.
The first significant option is “Type“, where you can choose whether to keep the default widget-based homepage, switch to a tool as your homepage, or make an external URL your homepage.
When you select the “Tool” type, it reveals a second menu to select which tool you want as your homepage. If you select “Content,” for example, you and your students will go directly to the table of contents when you enter the course, there will be no widget-based homepage.
External URL-Based Homepage
If you choose an external URL-based homepage, then Pilot will keep the black “minibar” at the top of the page, its banner, and its navigation bar, with links to Home, Content, Communication, etc. Below the navigation bar will be the external web page whose URL you provide.
Be sure to begin the URL with “https” at the beginning. If you ust use “http” without the s, many browsers will block the page from loading because it isn’t safe to load a non-secure page in the frame of a secure page.
Not all web sites support https. Of those that do, some may have links that don’t work when you click them in Pilot because they those links go to non-secure pages.