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Add Files to Course Files

You can add files and folders to Course Files in multiple ways, including when you create course content.

Students cannot upload files to Course Files. When participating in a course, they can only browse for and attach files from their computers. Student files are not saved in Course Files.

You can upload a single file, multiple files, or one or more folders to Course Files. After uploading, you can move files and folders to other folders as needed.

Uploading multiple files and folders in one action and browsing for files require a Java plug-in. If the plug-in is not available or you need an accessible option, click Single File at the top of the page to browse for and upload files one at a time.

For Windows, to select multiple files and folders in a list, press the Shift key and click the first and last items. To select files and folders out of sequence, press the Ctrl key and click each item needed. For Macs, press the Command key instead of the Ctrl key.

Methods to Add Files

You can add content in four ways:

  • Upload files and folders into Course Files, either one at a time or in batches, using the drag-and-drop or the browse functions.
  • Upload files from your computer when creating content using Browse My Computer.
  • Create HTML objects in Course Files and upload files.
  • Use WebDAV for direct upload, editing, and management of files in Course Files from your computer desktop or through WebDAV capable applications.

To learn about the advantages of some of the options, see Best Practice: Attaching Files.

How to Use the Drag-and-Drop Function

  1. Click the Course Files folder where you want to upload the files.
  2. On the action bar, point to Upload and click Upload Files.

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  3. Click Multiple Files at the top of the page, if needed.
  4. On your computer, open the folder containing the files and folders to upload. Position the folder next to the Upload Multiple Files and Folders page.
  5. Press the files and drag them into the upload box on the Upload Multiple Files and Folders page. Attempting to upload a file with the same name as an existing file generates a prompt to overwrite the current file.

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  6. The files and folders appear in the upload box. To delete a file in the list, click the X in the Remove column. The contents of folders appear individually in the upload list, but after they are uploaded, they are contained in their parent folders.
  7. Click Submit. A status bar displays the progress of the upload.

How to Use the Browse Function

  1. Click the Course Files folder where you want to upload the files.
  2. On the action bar, point to Upload and click Upload Files.

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  3. Click Multiple Files at the top of the page, if needed.
  4. On the Upload Multiple Files and Folders page, click Browse and open the folder on your computer containing the files and folders to upload. Select them.
  5. The files and folders appear in the upload box. To delete a file in the list, click the X in the Remove column. The contents of folders appear individually in the upload list, but after they are uploaded, they are contained in their parent folders.
  6. Click Submit. A status bar displays the progress of the upload.

How to Use the Browse My Computer Function

When you create content in your course, you can browse for a file on your computer and link to it. Files you upload with the Browse My Computer function are saved in the top-level folder in Course Files. You do not have the option to select a different folder when uploading a file. By default, files you upload to your course in this way are assigned the read permission and all enrolled users can view them. When students upload files from their computers, the files are not saved in Course Files.

If an uploaded file has the same name as a file already in the top-level folder, the new file is saved with a number appended to the name. For example, course_assignment.doc becomes course_assignment(1).doc.

Some files uploaded to your course are not saved in Course Files, such as when creating wiki pages. For a complete list, see About Files Added Automatically to Course Files.

In the following steps, a file is uploaded to a content item in a content area. The Browse My Computer steps are similar when used in other course areas or with tools, such as the discussion board or announcements.

  1. On the Create Item page in the Attachments section, click Browse My Computer to search for a file.
  2. Type a Link Title so the file name does not appear in your course.

    Click Do not attach to remove the selected file.

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Attach Files Using the Content Editor Functions

Alternatively, you can use the content editor functions to create links to files. Files you upload using the content editor are saved in Course Files in the top-level folder. Creating a link to a file using the content editor offers more control over where a file's link appears in relationship to other text. Also, you can select the Open in a new window option and provide alt text. Alternative text appears when a user moves the mouse pointer over a link and it is read by screen readers.

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The file uploaded to the content item appears as a link in the content area and has been saved in Course Files in the top-level folder. You can move the file to a different folder in Course Files and the link in your course will not be broken.

How to Upload a Zipped File in Course Files

You can zip (compress) files and folders into a package. Then, you can choose to upload the zipped file and: 

  1. Unzip its contents, keeping the folder structure and links intactthe Upload Zip Package option
  2. Keep the file zippedthe Upload Files option.

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Before You Begin

You can create a collection of files or an entire lesson, including cascading style sheets (CSS), zip it into a package, and upload it into Course Files from your computer.

1   Unzip file  

You create a lesson with several interrelated pages with navigation, images, web links, and documents. You zip the contents into a package and upload it into Course Files with the Upload Zip Package option. When you upload a zipped file in this way, the system unzips its contents. When you create content in your course, you can create a link to the unzipped package by selecting a starting page. In your course, students click the starting page link and view the lesson.

Create a folder in Course Files for the contents of the unzipped package, if needed. When unzipping a package with many files and folders, it can be helpful to contain the contents in a folder.

Advantage: You can edit any part of the lesson's content and overwrite just the edited file or files without removing and uploading a new zipped file. All links remain intact in your course. To learn more, see How to Overwrite a File in Course Files.

Use Unzipped Package in Course

In a course area, from the Build Content drop-down list, click File and use the Browse Course function to search for the start page for the unzipped content. Students click the link for the lesson's start page and can view the lesson contents in order with all links intact. You can rename the start page link and manage permissions for the files and folders in the unzipped package.

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In the example, the first page has been named "Start Here."

If a description or instructions are necessary and a title cannot convey that meaning, you can create an item content type instead of a file. When creating an item, use the Insert File function in the content editor to select the starting page so that you can select the Open in New Window option.

2   File Remains Intact

You want to include several images for students to use in a presentation. Use the Upload Files option to upload the zipped package to Course Files. The file remains zipped. When you create content in your course, you can create a link to the zipped file. In your course, students click the link to the zipped file, download it to their computers, unzip the package, and are able to use the contents.