6. Setting up your course homepage
A high quality course homepage:
1. Contains a message and/or tone that would make learners feel welcomed to the course community
2. Would attract learners' attention and interest through use of relevant examples, analogies, anecdotes etc
3. Contains an ice-breaker/welcome activity that is relevant to learners, invites them to share, and fosters a sense of rapport and community
The course homepage is your first connection with learners! It's super important to get the homepage right, to ensure students feel comfortable, safe to share and interested in your topic.
Your homepage should feel warm, inviting and friendly. You can create this feeling through the tone, language, information and images you use.
We recommend including a welcome message that excites students about the topic, some basic course information, and an ice-breaker/introduce yourself activity.
An ice-breaker activity/introduce yourself activity is a fun and simple first activity (typically in the homepage comments) that gets students sharing straight away into the community.
It helps learners to feel comfortable, valued, get familiar with posting and start to build rapport with their classmates.
The best ice-breakers are fun, relevant to your learner audience and encourage students to interact with each other.
For example, in the Sustainable Thinking course, an ice-breaker activity on the homepage might be:
Use text widgets to write your homepage content
To change the comment header and placeholder text, go to Settings
We recommend adding your homepage as the first page in your Getting Started module (or first module), so learners can navigate easily to the next page after they have introduced themselves.
Go to Course Setup > Content
Start typing "homepage" into the first module
When the homepage appears in the dropdown, select it and voila!