Trying to get the landing page a bit more supportive of the key things that need to be on the mind of a student.
Question 1: Is there a way I can get the course landing page to be http://<my course>/course/view.php?id=538§ion=1 rather than http://vle.tpp.ac.nz/course/view.php?id=538? From "My courses" etc
Question 2: And ideally I'd like posts from a forum, and calendar to appear like this on the landing page like this snip from Moodle.org:
The ideal would be able to tag any post as "Promote to front page" in any forum in the course . . .and it is the genuine news you want students to know when the log in. Maybe even a teaser 4 lines and a 'more . . .' link.
Blocks in the middle maybe? Can this be done in a format?
Question 3: is there a way to get a nice little notification of the current thing on the go. Like a little splash screen, dare I say it like the WebCT 2002 style. "Notice" that appeared once. "Hi guys, welcome to week three, just a reminder . . and congrats to ., . . see yo in class on Thursday (new venue) . . and keep those essay topics coming in. Love, your friendly lecturer"
How do others do this?