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How to Customize the LATTE Shell

A guide to the Brandeis LATTE Shell


Welcome to the LATTE Shell Guide from the Library's Hub for Digital Teaching! 

This guide will walk you through the technical steps to customize your new course shell to meet your course needs. Please click on the tabs on the side navigation to learn more about each topic. Within each, you will find detailed instructions and resources to support the setup of your LATTE course. Visit the Changelog to view the updates made to the Spring 2022 LATTE Template and the FAQs page to read the answers to frequently asked questions.  

What is the Shell?

The LATTE "Shell" or "Template" refers to the general course outline or framing template that gives a blank LATTE course some structure and design, primarily through the use of “Labels” that act as headers and dividers. If you click into the Spring 2022 LATTE Template linked below, you can see that this is prepopulated with headers and a weekly structure that helps students stay oriented inside the course. This updated LATTE shell incorporates many improvements based on faculty input and has received positive feedback from students. Instructors can make any changes to the topic structure and naming conventions to make the shell outline fit their class needs. You can view examples of possible adjustments to the shell by self-enrolling into the Sample Course that shows various course organization formats.

Spring 2022 Template

The Spring 2022 LATTE course template is a more minimal version of the previous LATTE template. Most notably, the eight Labels in each Topic section which served as sub-dividers have been removed. This change is in response to updates in available plug-ins and is meant to help reduce the amount of work involved in setting up LATTE course pages. 

Instructors who would like to use the divider Labels included in the previous version of the template may do so by importing them from a previous course or by contacting the Hub for Digital Teaching for assistance.

As always, instructors can also opt out of the default LATTE template by importing or restoring their course from a previous semester or by using a blank shell. 

Support from the Library's Hub for Digital Teaching

Instructional Technologists and Learning Designers have joined the Library to provide additional support for in-person, online, and hy-flex teaching, including:

  • customizing the LATTE shell to meet your course needs
  • pedagogical approaches for using LATTE tools (e.g., LATTE quizzes, surveys, assignments)
  • academic technologies including VoiceThread, H5P, Voyant, Twine, and Perusall