Adding Resources to your course page
What is a Moodle resource?
A Moodle resource is an item that a teacher
can use to support learning, such as a file or
link. Moodle supports a range of resource
types which teachers can add to their
courses. In edit mode, a teacher can add
resources via a drop down menu.
On your course page, Resources appear as a
single link with an icon in front of it that
represents the type of resource.
Types of resources
Book - Multi-page resources in a book-like
File - A picture, a pdf document, a
spreadsheet, a sound file, a video file
Folder - To help organize files. One folder
may contain other folders
IMS content package - Add static material
from other sources in the standard IMS
content package format
Label - Can be a few displayed words or an
image used to separate resources and
activities in a topic section, or can be a
lengthy description or instructions
Page - The student sees a single, scrollable
screen that a teacher creates with the robust
URL - You can send the student to any
place they can reach on their web browser,
for example Wikipedia
Uploading a single file - PDF,
powerpoint, image etc
1.Files work simply now. Where you see
it, is where it is. So when you add a file to
your course now, that is where the file
2.To add a file. Click on the "Turn editing
on" in your Course administration block
or click on the
button at the top right
of your screen.
3.Choose "File" from the "Add an activity
..." drop down
menu in the course section (topic or
week) that you would like the file to be
4.This will open a new screen.The Name and
Description are required field settings.
5.Type in a title in the "Name" field, this will
be the name of the link visable on the course
page which the students will click on to
access the file.
6.Type in a description which should be a
short description displayed under the link to
explain the resource. Select the "Display
description on course page" if you wish
students to view the description.
7.In the Content section, drag the files from
your desktop or click "Add" and the
following File picker screen will appear.
8.On the left side, you can see a number of
source repositories (local and web services)
from which you can upload your file. For the
majority of users, the option "Upload a file"
will be used to select the file from your
9.Click browse and select your file from your
computer, click open and then upload. The
file will then appear in your course section as
below:10.Click browse and select your file from
your computer, click open and then upload.
The file will then appear in your course
section as below:-
NOTE - the maximum file size you can
load is 1 GB, but the default upload size is
Course format Appearance
Once completed "Save Changes"
to record your settings for that resource.
Linking to an audio or video file
If you are linking to a resource that is already
hosted somewhere on the web.
Here are step by step instructions
1.Open a web browser and navigate to
the webpage with the media file.
2.Right click on the file link to bring up
a context menu.
3.Select "Copy link location." This
action will put the full address of the
link into the clipboard.
4.Go to your course homepage and
click the "Add a resource" drop down
menu and select "URL"
5.In the URL location field paste the
address of the link to the media file.
6.After you have given the resource a
proper name and short summary, save
Creating a Page (web active page)
Adding a "Page" resource creates a link to
another course page that can display a variety
of content; text, images, audio, video,
embedded code or a combination of all these
using the HTML text editor.
The advantages of using the "Page" resource
rather than the "File" resource:
1.You want students to read content and not
have the option of downloading it.
2.Can be accessed by mobile devices eg:
smartphones (most cant access word
3.Easy access for teacher editing, and more
configurable (add text, change colours
4.Can contain links to other files, web
pages, glossaries etc
When you add a "Page" Resource the
following screen will appear. The "Name"
will show up on the course page for your
students to link to the html page. The
"Description" will only shows up if selected.
The main body of the page "Content", is
where you can type your text, create a link, or
add embedded HTML code.
Displaying content in this manner is
recommended over displaying content in
Word or PDF, as the text is much smaller and
easier to download in this (html) format, and
students don't need a special plug-in or
application to view your content.
For multipage documents, the Book module
may give better results.
Screen Display options for resources File & URL
When adding resources "File" or "URL" there
are options for how the files are displayed for
or webservices accessed. In the settings
options for each resource, the following
display options are available in the settings of
The Display options are as follows:
Automatic - Make the best guess at what
should happen (probably what is wanted 99%
of the time).
Embed - Show the Moodle page with
heading, blocks and footer. Show the
title/description of the item and display the
file directly in the page as well (good for
images, flash animations, videos?, PDFs).
New Window - This is a preferable option to
show documents without loosing a tab in
your browser with your course content.
In frame - show the Moodle heading and the
file description, with the file displayed in a
resizable area below (images, PDF, flash, etc.
supported) New window - very much like 'in
pop-up', but the new window is a full browser
window, with menus and address bar, etc.
Force download - user clicks on the file,
then the web browser pops up with the 'where
do you want to save this file' box.
Open - No Moodle heading, blocks, footer or
description - just show the file in the web
browser (e.g. shows image, PDF, flash
animation, taking up the whole browser
In pop-up - Same as 'Open', but opens a new
browser window to show this file (without
the Moodle heading, blocks, etc) - this
browser window also does not have all the
menus and address bar in it.
By setting the option for New Window, the
resource will be opened in a browsers new
window or tab therfore allowing the student
to view the resource without losing their
place in the course's page.
How do I upload more than one file at a
To upload more than one resource file at a
time, add a folder to your course page.
You can create a folder by choosing "Folder"
from your "Add a Resource menu".
In the next screen, give your folder a Name
and description (This will appear as the name
on the course page)
Adding individual files into the folder
If you are adding files individually to your
folder, click and drag off your desktop or
Add and upload the file. Continue with this
step for as many files as you wish to be in the
Adding multiple files at one time using
To upload a folder full of files into your
Moodle course, first you must zip it.
On Windows XP, you can zip a folder by
right clicking it, then choosing the "Send to
Compressed (zipped) folder option". On
MacOSX, you can Control-Click on the
folder and choose "Create Archive of
Once you have zipped the folder with the
files you would like to upload, Upload the
Zip file into the folder, then click the "Unzip"
link next to the file's name.
Viewing a folder, cont.
Now go back to the main course screen by
clicking the course's short name in the upper
left of the screen.
Students will now see a link to the folder on
the course page, which they may click to
view the files inside the folder:-
When a student clicks on the folder they will
see all the files in the folder.
Adding a label
Unlike the other resources, adding a "Label"
will allow you to add text or images directly
onto your course page,rather than links to a
resource. Thus lables are useful to separate
resource and activity links within a topic
information (perhaps for subtopics or special
To add a label, simply choose insert
label from the Add a resource drop
down. This will open up an an editor
window. This is a free form option to
add text, images, links and other
engaging content to place on your
When you have your text and images set,
click "Save changes". This will place the text
on your course page.
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