File Picker Options Moodle ISU


Introduction

The File picker window enables you to upload files to Moodle ISU from various sources.  The File picker window can be accessed from various places in Moodle.  This guide will help you understand the options available in the File picker window when you encounter them in the course.

This guide will help you understand:


Wikimedia

Wikipedia is the world's largest and most popular encyclopedia. It is online, free to use for any purpose, and free of advertising. Wikipedia contains more than 38 million volunteer-authored articles in 290 languages, and is visited by more than 374 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 fourteen 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 anyone does alone. The Wikimedia Foundation is a 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.

  1. In the File picker window, Select Wikimedia.
  2. In the Search for text box, Enter a search term for the type of image you want.
  3. Click Submit.

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

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Google Drive

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

  1. In the File picker window Select Google Drive.
  2. The first time you use this option, you will need to Click Login.

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

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Picasa Web Album

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

  1. In the File picker window, Select Picasa web album.
  2. The first time you do this, you will need to Click Login.

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

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Note: For more information, see Google Photos

Dropbox

Dropbox is a free service that lets you access your photos, documents, and videos from any computer. 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.

  1. In the File picker window, Select Dropbox.
  2. The first time you do this you will be required to Login.

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

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Note: For more information, see 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.

  1. In the File picker window, Select Flickr.
  2. The first time you do this you will be required to log into your flickr account via Yahoo.

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

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Note: For more information, see 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 Flickr 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.

  1. In the File picker window, Select Flickr public.
  2. In the Full text box, Enter your search criteria and designate whether you want to be able to use the images commercially and/or modify the images.
  1. You may also leave these two options unchecked.
  2. Checking these boxes will limit the types of photos that are found.
  1. Click Search to find images that fit your criteria.

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

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  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.
  2. Enter the name of the photo found through the search that you wish to use into the Search box.

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  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.

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For more information, see File picker

For additional information, contact the ITRC - (208) 282-5880 or email itrc@isu.edu


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