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Interface overview and managing account settings

The following topics introduce the Learning Environment’s basic user interface, navigation tools, and how to manage your account settings.

Understanding My Home and Course Home

My Home is your starting point inside the Learning Environment. It is also your homepage, where you can access widgets, tool links on the navbar, organization-level content, and other available resources.

Course Home is the first page you see when you navigate to a course. Similar to My Home, it also contains widgets, tool links on the navbar, and resources that enable you to access your personal information, account settings, and course specific content.


The minibar is your main navigation tool to courses and personal settings in the Learning Environment. The minibar contains a link to My Home, the course selector, alerts, and your personal menu.

Course selector

Your courses are listed in the course selector, and you can sort them by course name or by date last accessed. You can also select specific courses from the course selector and pin them to the top of the list for easier navigation.

Access a course

Access the course you want from the course selector. Click Load More Courses to expand the course list, or use the Search field to find your course.


 Messages  Email & Pager messages.

 Updates  New and updated news posts, upcoming end dates and due dates, and new and updated grades.

 Subscriptions  New blog posts, and discussion posts in forums and topics.

If you have unread alerts, a red circle appears on the appropriate alert icon.

Example of a new unread item in the Update alert

Personal menu

The personal menu contains links to your profile, notification options, account settings, and logout. Click your name on the minibar to open the personal menu.


The navbar is your main navigation tool within a course. It displays the course tool links – including those in groups. Each course can have its own unique navbar.

Course tool links are organized as follows:


For more information, please see the D2L Instructor Help: Navigating inside the Learning Environment.

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