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Adding the Links for Instructors Only widget

The Links for Instructors Only widget can be added to the Course Home page. This widget, which cannot be seen by students, can provide the instructor with direct access to areas of the course which are not included on the course navigation bar (such as the Classlist). This widget also includes links to SCC support resources and the Los Rios Help Desk.

Picture of the D2L Links for Instructors Only widget

NOTE: These instructions can be used as the basis for adding and creating your own custom widgets in D2L. More general instructions can be found in the Creating and editing custom widgets help topic.

Follow the steps below to add the Links for Instructors wiget to your course.

  1. Create the widget shell
  2. Edit the widget and define its Properties and Content
  3. Copy and paste the custom HTML code
  4. Add release conditions to prevent visibility to students
  5. Replace strings

Create the widget shell

  1. On the My Home or Course Home page, click Edit Course.
    Edit Course button

  2. Click Widgets.
    Picture of link to Widgets on Edit Course page

  3. Click Create Widget.
    image of "Create Widget" button

  4. Enter a Name and Description for the widget.
    Name: Links for Instructors Only
    Description: Links for Instructors Only, not visible to students - (Current Semester/Year)*

    *Adding the semester and year helps you identify which version of the widget you have in later semesters as you use the Import/Export/Copy process.
    Image of Create Widget - properties tab

  5. Click Save.

Edit the widget and define its Properties and Content

  1. Once the new widget has been saved, click on the Content tab.


The Content tab allows you to add content, including your own custom HTML, when creating widgets. You will need to copy the HTML code (which is provided below) to populate the Links for Instructors Only widget.
This is an easy process, even if you have never worked with HTML. (Do not be afraid -- read on and just follow the steps provided!)

GENERAL TIP: When creating your own custom widget, you can use the visual text editor in the content window to add content or access the HTML Editor by clicking the Edit HTML Source icon in the bottom left corner to add HTML custom code.
Image - Content tab and HTML Editor

Copy and paste the custom HTML code

  1. In the Content tab on the Edit Widget page, click the Edit HTML Source icon in the bottom left corner of the visual editor to enter the HTML Editor.
  2. Once the HTML Editor window opens, copy the code below (CTRL+C) then paste it into the window (CTRL+V), replacing any existing code:

    <!-- Instructor Only Links Widget Code - August 2013 -->
    <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 13px;">The links below provide <strong>instructor-only access</strong> to areas that have been removed from the course navigation bar. <br /></span></p>
    <table style="width: 100%;" border="1">
    <div align="center"><strong>Student Tracking</strong></div>
    <td colspan="2">
    <div align="center"><strong>Course Page Links</strong></div>
    <div align="center"><strong>Enrollment Management</strong></div>
    <tr><td valign="top">
    <ul><li><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><a href="/d2l/le/userprogress/{OrgUnitId}/classprogress/List?searchString=&amp;sortDescending=0" target="self">Class Progress Dashboard</a></span></li>
    <li><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><a href="/d2l/lms/content/reports/statistics_course.d2l?ou={orgUnitId}">Content Reports</a></span></li>
    <li><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><a href="/d2l/lms/classlist/admin/classlist_report.d2l?ou={OrgUnitId}">D2L Withdrawal Report</a></span></li>
    <td valign="top">
    <ul><li><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><a href="/d2l/lms/classlist/classlist.d2l?ou={orgUnitId}">Classlist</a></span></li>
    <li><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><a href="/d2l/le/calendar/{OrgUnitId}" target="_self">Calendar</a></span></li>
    <li><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><a href="/d2l/lms/dropbox/dropbox.d2l?ou={orgUnitId}">Dropbox</a></span></li>
    <li><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><a href="/d2l/lms/discussions/admin/forum_topics_list.d2l?ou={orgUnitId}">Discussions</a></span></li> </ul></td>
    <td valign="top">
    <ul><li><a href="/d2l/lms/grades/index.d2l?ou={orgUnitId}" style="font-size: 10pt;">Grades</a></li>
    <li><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><a href="/d2l/lms/news/main.d2l?ou={orgUnitId}" target="_self">News</a></span></li>
    <li><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><a href="/d2l/lms/quizzing/quizzing.d2l?ou={orgUnitId}">Quizzes</a></span></span></li>
    <li><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><i><a href="{OrgUnitId}&amp;tu=hp&amp;fromCMC=1" target="_self">Modify "Course Home"</a></i></li>
    <td valign="top">
    <ul> <li><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><a href="/d2l/tools/cms/participants/addLookupParticipant.asp?ou={OrgUnitId}&amp;isTemplate=&amp;ref=CMS" target="top">Add to D2L by student ID# (Unofficial)</a></span></li>
    <li><a href="" target="_blank" style="font-size: 13px;">D2L course requests</a></li>
    <li><span style="font-size: 10pt;"></span><span style="font-size: 13px;"><a href="" target="_blank">Add/Drop students (official)</a></span><span style="font-size: 13px;"><br style="font-size: 13px;" /></span></li>
    <p><span style="font-size: 8pt;"><a href="" target="_blank">View SCC help resources for D2L instructors.</a>&nbsp; | &nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Create and submit an SCC help ticket at</a><strong><br><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><a href="" target="_blank">Los Rios Help Desk Information</a></span><br />Sections</strong>&nbsp;- If your class has multiple sections, choose View By Sections from Grades or Classlist. <strong><br />Collapse This Widget</strong> - Use the [^] button in the upper right corner to collapse this widget as needed. Open any link below in a new window.</span></p>
    <!-- End Widget Code -->

  3. Click Update.

    Image of HTML editor and "Update" button

  4. Click Save.
    Important: You must complete the next step (below) in order to hide the widget from student view.

    Image of Save button

Add Release Conditions to prevent visibility to students

The Release Conditions tab allows you to define a set of criteria that must be fulfilled in order for the widget to be visible (in this case, a user must NOT be enrolled in this course as a student).

  1. Click the Release Conditions tab.Image of "Release Conditions" tab and settings

  2. Click the Create and Attach button.
  3. From the drop down list on the Create a New Release Condition screen, under Condition Type, select Role in Current Org Unit.
    Image of "Release Conditions" menu options

  4. Under Condition Details, select Not Enrolled As.
    Image or menu options for release conditions

  5. Under Role, select Student.
    Image of Release Condition options - "Not enrolled as student" choice

  6. Click the Create button.
  7. Verify that the release conditions display as Not enrolled in the current org unit as the role: Student, then click Save and Close.
    Image of Release Conditions tab - verify settings and save

Congratulations - you have created the Links for Instructors Only widget.
It can now be added to your Course Home page.

Note  Be sure to add the widget to your Course Home page, or it will not be easily accessible to you.

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