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Best Practice: Attaching Files

This information applies only to the Original Course View. Your institution controls which tools are available.

You can add files to your course in multiple ways, including when you create course content. When you add files to your course, they are stored in the course's file repository: Course Files or the Content Collection.

Watch a video about attaching files

This video explains the two ways you can attach files from Course Files.

Video: Attaching files from Course Files


Three common ways to add files to your course

You can add all types of files to your content. In our examples, we add a document in three ways.

  1. To control where a file link appears in your text, use the editor to attach files as you create content.
  2. When you create content, attach a file in the Attachments section.
  3. Add your files to Course Files or the Content Collection BEFORE you create content.

To control where a file link appears, use the editor to attach files as you create content

More on the functions in the editor

When you use the Insert File function in the editor, you can choose where the file's link appears within your content. You can also add alternative text to describe the visual components for people who use screen readers or visit web pages with images turned off.

You can link to files already in Course Files or the Content Collection or browse for one on your computer. Any files you upload from your computer are saved in the repository in the top-level folder. You can't select the folder your files are uploaded to.

Advantage: You have creative control over how your content appears. If you add three files to your content item, you can split them up among the text as you want.

Example: You provide your students with three case studies to read. They must select one to further investigate. In the same content item, you can provide an introduction and a file link for each case study. You can use the file name or provide a link title for each. In our example, a link title appears for each.

Files appear: The links to the files appear exactly where you want. As you refine your content or need to update material, you can continue to add files, images, and multimedia. You have the flexibility to change the order and appearance when you want.


When you create content, attach a file in the Attachments section

As you create content, you can add a file from your computer or from the course's file repository: Course Files or the Content Collection.

Advantage: You can upload files while you build your course. You don't have to upload your materials first.

Example: Your students are struggling with a group project. You can deliver more instructions and ask them to download a file with specific examples. As you create the new content item, you can attach a file. If the file is on your computer, you can select the folder in Course Files or the Content Collection that you want to upload it to.

Select Browse Course or Browse Content Collection to locate the file on your computer and upload it. Alternatively, locate the file in one of the folders in your repository.

File appears: In the content area, the file you uploaded appears immediately after the title of the content item. You can't change where the link appears. You can use the file name or provide another name for the file. In our example, the file name appears.


Add your files to Course Files or the Content Collection BEFORE you create content

Upload files and folders into Course Files or the Content Collection, either one at a time or in batches, with the drag-and-drop function or the browse function.

Advantage: In Course Files or the Content Collection, you can create folders to organize your content.

Example: You decide to deliver content to your students for each week. On the course menu, you add links for Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3. In Course Files or the Content Collection, you create folders with the same names and upload your files. When you create content, you can navigate to the appropriate folder to locate the file you need.