File Picker Options Moodle ISU


Introduction

The File Picker window enables you to upload files to Moodle ISU from various sources.

This guide will help you understand the options available in the File Picker window:

Wikimedia

Wikipedia is the world's largest and most popular encyclopedia. It's online, free to use for any purpose, and free of advertising. Wikipedia contains more than 23 million volunteer-authored articles in over 285 languages, and is visited by more than 492 million people every month, making it one of the most popular sites in the world. It is a collaborative creation that has been added to and edited by millions of people during the past ten years: anyone can edit it, at any time. It has become the largest collection of shared knowledge in human history. The people who support it are united by their love of learning, their intellectual curiosity, and their awareness that we know much more together, than any of us does alone. The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that operates Wikipedia and other free knowledge projects. Together these sites are the fifth most visited web property in the world.  The Wikimedia repository enables a user to search Wikimedia and copy a selected image into Moodle ISU.

To upload an image into Moodle ISU:

  1. Select Wikimedia when choosing files from the File Picker.
  2. Enter a search term for the type of image you are searching for into the Full text: box and Click Submit.

  1. Click on the image you wish to insert into your course.
  2. Click on Select this file.

Google Docs

Google Docs serves as a repository that is linked to a gmail account.  Users can create, edit, and save files in Google Docs, then upload them to their Moodle ISU course.  

To upload files into Moodle ISU:

  1. Select Google Docs when choosing files from the File Picker.
  2. On the first occasion that you do this you will need to Click the Login button.

  1. The File picker will ask you to verify that you are giving Moodle ISU access to your account. Click the Allow access button. Now you will see a list of all the documents you have available in your Google Docs.
  2. Select the file you wish to upload.
  3. Click on Select this file.

Picasa web album

The Picasa web album is a service of Google. It allows Google users to organize, edit, and share photos. The Picasa web album repository enables users to copy images or files from Picasa into Moodle, similar to the Google Docs repository.

To upload files into Moodle ISU:

  1. Select Picasa web album when choosing files from the File Picker.
  2. On the first occasion that you do this you will need to Click the Login button.

  1. The File picker will ask you to verify that you are giving Moodle ISU access to your account. Click the Allow access button. Now you will see a list of all the images that you have previously shared on web pages.
  2. Select the image you wish to upload.
  3. Click on Select this file.

For more information click Welcome to Picasa.

Dropbox

Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, documents, and videos anywhere. After you install Dropbox on your computer or mobile device, any file you save to your Dropbox account will automatically save to all your computers, mobile devices, and the Dropbox website. Files can be uploaded from your Dropbox when submitting assignments or to other places in Moodle where files can be uploaded.

To upload files into Moodle ISU:

  1. Select Dropbox when choosing files from the File Picker.
  2. On the first occasion that you do this you will be required to Click the Login button and Enter your Dropbox login information.

  1. The File picker will ask you to verify that you are giving Moodle ISU access to your account. Click the Allow access button. Now you will see a list of all the files and images that you have saved to Dropbox.
  2. Select the file or image you wish to upload.
  3. Click on Select this file.

For more information click Dropbox Help.

Flickr

Flickr is a free Yahoo.com service that lets you store, sort, search and share your photos online. Flickr helps you organize that huge mass of photos you have and offers a way for you and your friends and family to tell stories about them.

The Flickr repository enables a user to log into their personal Flickr account and copy files from their account into any of the Moodle file interfaces.

To upload files into Moodle ISU:

  1. Select Flickr when choosing files from the File Picker.
  2. On the first occasion that you do this you will be required to log into your flickr account via Yahoo.

  1. The File picker will ask you to verify that you are giving Moodle ISU access to your account. Click the Allow access button. Now you will see a list of all the images that you have previously shared on web pages.
  2. Select the image you wish to upload.
  3. Click on Select this file.

For more information click Flickr FAQ.

Flickr public

The Flickr public repository enables a user to search Flickr images that have been designated as public and copy photos from there into any of the Moodle file interfaces. The public photos are searchable through tags. Tags are like keywords or labels that you add to a photo to make it easier to find later. You can tag a photo with phrases like "catherine yosemite hiking mountain trail." Later if you look for pictures of Yosemite, you can just click that tag and get all photos that have been tagged that way. The Flickr public search box will only find photos that have been designated for use with creative commons licensing.

To upload images into Moodle ISU:

  1. Select Flickr public when choosing files from the File Picker.
  2. Enter your search criteria into the Tag: box and designate whether you want to be able to use the images commercially and/or modify the images. You may also leave these two options unchecked. Checking these boxes will limit the types of photos that are found.
  3. Click Search to find images that fit your criteria.

  1. Click on the image you wish to upload. A window will open with the file name, author and license type listed.

 

  1. In order to honor the rights reserved by the author of the file do the following:
  1. Open www.flickr.com in a seperate browser tab and Enter the name of the photo found through the search that you wish to use into the Search box.

  1. Find the image in the list of images that are displayed in the search window.
  2. Click on the image to open the information provided by the author.

 

  1. Navigate back to your Moodle ISU course and Type the author’s name into the author box in the file picker window.
  2. Click the correct license type as specified by the author of the photo.
  1. Click Select this file to add the image to your Moodle course.

For more information, please visit http://docs.moodle.org/25/en/File_picker


This work was done by Instructional Technology Resource Center at Idaho State University and is licensed under the Creative Commons Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit Attribution Noncommercial 3.0 United States or send a letter to Creative Commons, 444 Castro Street, Suite 900, Mountain View, California, 94041, USA.