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Dashboard



Includes:

What is the Dashboard?
Video about the Dashboard
Where is the Dashboard?
Adding the Dashboard to your site
Dashboard features
Item removal schedule
Mobile Dashboard
Common questions



What is the Dashboard?

The Dashboard is a window that displays recent activity and upcoming events for all of your CTools sites. It is aware of new and updated content in four tools:

- Announcements
- Assignments
- Resources
- Schedule

The Dashboard is organized into two views:

- Assignments & Events - where deadlines for your assignments or upcoming schedule events are listed
- Recent Activity - shows when Resources files, Announcements and Assignments have been added or modified

Please note: The Dashboard only displays content from the Announcements, Assignments, Resources and Schedule tools. It does not display content from any other tools.



Video about the Dashboard





Where is the Dashboard?

In August, 2014, the Dashboard will be activated in everyone's My Workspace. It will open automatically when you open My Workspace. You will also be able to open the Dashboard in My Workspace by clicking its link in the left-hand menubar.

Site owners have the option of adding the Dashboard to their project and course sites. These site-specific Dashboards show events and updates for that site.



Adding the Dashboard to your site

Instructors and site owners can add the Dashboard to course and project sites during the site-creation process.

For information on how to add the Dashboard (or any tool) after you have created your site, click here (opens in a new browser window) or click Site Info in the left-hand menubar, click Site Management, and then click Edit Tools.

The Dashboard is automatically part of everyone's My Workspace.



Dashboard features

Dashboard Image

1. Assignments & Events

Lists upcoming deadlines for your assignments and upcoming schedule events. Click a title to expand the view and see more information. You can also open the item within its site by clicking on "View in Site" in the expanded view.

2. Click to show items you have starred

A list of items that you starred (to make them easier to find) will appear.

3. Click to show items you have hidden

A list of items that you previously hid from the Dashboard will appear.

4. Click to show items from the past

Dashboard will list items that have passed their scheduled date but have not yet been automatically removed.

5. Recent Items

Shows when Resources files, Announcements and Assignments have been added or modified. Click a title to display information such as the upload date and file size.

6. How to star an item

To star an item to make it easier to find, click the gray star Gray Star Image to the right of the item.

7. How to hide an item

To hide an item, click the red circle with the white "X" in the center Red X Image.



Item removal schedule

Recent Activity - Items are removed after eight weeks

Assignments & Events - Removed two weeks after the scheduled date passes

Starred items - Removed after six months



Mobile Dashboard

The mobile Dashboard is a streamlined version of the full Dashboard.

You cannot star or hide items in the mobile version. However, you can view items previously starred or hidden within the full version. To view these, click the menu icon: Mobile Menu Icon Image



Common question(s)

Can I completely remove an item rather than hide it?

No. The Dashboard automatically removes items from the "Assignments and Events" and "Recent Activity" lists at a certain date. That removal schedule is as follows:

- Recent Activity -- Items are removed after eight weeks
- Assignments & Events -- removed two weeks after the scheduled date passes