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Moodle Quick Help Guide

Adding Files and Folders in Moodle

Moodle has a variety of ways to upload files: drag/drop, standard upload, and folder organization.

Dragging and Dropping Files Directly to Your Course

In Moodle you have the ability to drag-and-drop your files directly onto your course homepage under the correct section (instead of having to upload files through a separate screen). To add a file with this feature:

  1. Go to your course that you wish to add files to.

  2. Click [Turn editing on] in the upper right corner of the screen.

  3. From your computer desktop, browse to the file you wish to add to your course. Click the file you wish to upload and drag it directly to the course week/block you want to add it to. You can also select and drag multiple files at once. On a PC use Ctrl + Click, on a Mac use Command + Click to select multiple files.

  4. If you drag-and-drop a zipped/compressed file, Moodle will ask you how you want to handle the zipped file:

    • Unzip files and create folder - unzips the files and creates a folder containing them in the course week/block where you dragged the zip file

    • Create file resource - keeps the zipped file compressed so that students can download the zipped file in its entirety. The individual files contained in the zipped file will not be viewable from the Moodle course screen.

Adding Files from Your Computer Using “Add an Activity or Resource”

If you prefer traditional uploading for files, you can still do so through the “Add an activity or resource” option.

  1. Go to the course that you wish to upload a file to.

  2. Click [Turn editing on] in the upper right corner of the screen.

  3. Click the Add an activity or resource option, which opens a new pop-up window.

  4. In the “Add an activity or resource” window, select File (located under the “Resources” section) and then click the [Add] button.

  5. In the “Adding a new File” screen, use the Name box to enter a name for the file you'll be uploading, then "Select files" box and upload your files though one of two options:

    • Traditional Uploading

      1. Click the  [Add] button, select the Upload a file option, and click [Choose File] or [Browse] to select the file from your computer.

      2. Fill in the “Save as” information, which will appear on your course screen.

      3. Click [Upload this file].

    • Drag and Drop

      1. Under the “Select filees” section of the “Adding a new File” screen is an area with a blue arrow that allows drag-and-drop uploading.

      2. From your computer desktop, browse to the file that you wish to upload.

      3. Click on the file you wish to upload and drag it to the “Content” section.  You can also use Ctrl + Click (on a PC) or Command + Click (on a Mac) to select and drag multiple files at once.

  6. Still on the “Adding a New File” page, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click [Save and Return to Course].

Creating Files Inside a Folder

This process has you first create a folder to organize your files before uploading new files into that folder.

  1. On your course screen, click [Turn Editing On] located in the top right corner of your screen.

  2. Under the week/section that you wish to add a folder, click the Add an activity or resource option, which will open a new pop-up window.

  3. On the “Add an activity or resource” window, select the Folder option (located in the “Resources” section) and click the [Add] button.

  4. Type a “Name” for the folder, which will display on the main course screen. Also add a “Description” of the folder (optional).

  5. In the "Content" section, you can create additional subfolders of this new folder by clicking create folder button [Create folder] at the top of the Files box.

  6. To add files to your folder(s):

    • Upload your files directly by clicking the add button [Add...] button at the top of the Files box OR

    • Drag and drop the files you want from your computer into the Files box.

  7. Click [Save and return to course] to submit your changes and return to your course screen.

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