Once defined the resources we will design the desktop for this type of workspace. The desktop presents/displays the different resources available for each modular workspace. We can define the structure of the desktop at level of the type of workspace of particular form for each workspace.

Clicking on the workspace icon Image , take us to the screen that allows selection of the modules and to establishment of its organisation:


The first organisational element of the desktop is the named zones, that appear as tabs at the top of the desktop. The user will be able to press on each one of the lapels to see the content of the associated zone.

Each zone of the desktop is subdivided in vertical columns, which contain the modules that we define.

The basic element of the desktop is the module. Modules are the individual windows that give access to certain resources (contents) associated to the work space in which we were at any moment.

The first step to creating a desktop is to define the zones. In the case of a course, we could define the following zones - main, contents, forums and archives.


Clicking on the button “Create zone” takes us to the form that allows us to create a new zone:
  • Name: The zone name will be the one that is in the tab of the desktop.
  • Description: It allows a more detailed description of the content of the zone.
  • Order: This is the order that the zone will appear on the tabs with respect to other zones.

Once created the zones of the writing-desk, we will select on each one of the tabs that have been generated to allocate the modules.


Clicking the button “Assign module” brings up the form to assign a module to the active zone.
  • Module: Allows the selection the module that we want to assign. Changing the selection automatically updates the zone parameters of this form, to show the specific parameters that the selected module allows.
  • Column: The column number in which we want to locate the module. The list of columns always shows one more column of the existing ones in the desktop, so that we could increase the number of columns that we want to use.
  • Order: Indicates the position of the module within the column.
  • Title: The text that we enter in this field will be the one that appears in the head of the module.
  • Title Style: Name of a style defined in the style sheet CSS that will be applied to the title of the module. If a style is not indicated it will apply one by default.
  • Data Style: Name of a style defined in the style sheet CSS, that will be applied to the zone of data of the module. If a style is not indicated it will apply one by default.
  • Module parameters: List of parameters that apply to the behaviour of each module we assign.

Once a module is assigned to the desktop, it is possible to modify its position by clicking on the arrows that appear in the module, as well as to close it or to modify it clicking on the corresponding icons.

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