3.7 Uploading files

3.7 Uploading files


Uploading files into Moodle. There are
two ways of adding documents such as presentations or word process files to
your course. One way is dragging and dropping as
we’ve seen in an earlier video. If you
can’t use drag-and-drop, this next method uses Moodle’s activity chooser and file
picker to upload files. Both ways need us
to turn on the editing by clicking the link in the gear menu top right then in
the section where we’d like to upload the document we click the link Add an
activity or resource. This brings us to
the activity chooser and we scroll down to Resources. A document is a resource
and we’re going to add a file so we click File twice to go straight to the
setup screen. Name is important because
the name is what the students will see on the page when accessing it. The
description is also important. You may or may not want a description
but if you do and you want it displayed on the course page, tick the box. Then we
arrive at the file manager and again if your browser allows it’s possible just
to drag the file straight into here, but we are going to click Add, and this takes
us to Moodle’s file picker which we will explore in another video. We just want to
upload a document so let’s ignore for now the other options. We can choose or
browse for a file and then click to find the file we want; we can change its name
if we want to – we don’t have to; we can change the author name, change the
license if we’re not happy with the default license, and then click to upload
the file. It’s worth exploring some of
the other settings such as in Appearance. We can display the size of a document,
useful if your students have poor internet connections, and we can also
display when it was uploaded so let’s do that. If we now save and return to course
we can see our file displayed on the page with its upload date, and note
too that like our presentation file above it it has a useful icon which also shows
students what type of file it is.

Danny Hutson

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