Adding a File to Your Course Moodle ISU


You can upload any type of file to your Moodle ISU course. You only need to make sure that both the instructor and the students have the appropriate software to open the files. If you need to upload large media files (i.e., sound files, video files), contact the ITRC to discuss the options of placing these large files on Google Drive or YouTube.

Add a File to Your Course

  1. Open Settings Gear Menu, and Click Turn editing on. For more information, see Moodle ISU Overview
  2. Locate the week/topic block in which you wish to add the activity
  3. Click Add an activity or resource

Note: Once you have editing turned on, you can also select the file on your computer, drag it to the week/topic you want the file to appear and drop it there. This will upload the file directly to your course homepage with default settings.

  1. Select File
  2. Click Add

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  1. In the Name field, Type a name for the file. This will be visible to students on the course homepage.
  2. In the Description box, Type in a description if needed.
  3. If you would like this description displayed on the course page, Check the Display description on course page checkbox.

  1. Click Add to open the File picker.

Note: You can also Select the file on your computer and drag and drop it to the central area of the Choose a file section to upload.

Note: Generally, files are uploaded from your computer. The following steps guide you through using the Upload a file option.  For more information about the other options, contact the ITRC - (208) 282-5880 or email

  1. Select Upload a file from the left column of the File picker.

  1. Click Browse.

  1. Locate the file on your computer.
  2. Select the file you wish to upload.
  3. Click Open. The file should now show in the attachment text box.
  4. If you choose to enter a name in the Save as text box, it will only rename the file for Moodle ISU. This is an optional feature and not required for the upload.
  5. Click Upload this file.

Note: For more information on files and repositories, see Files and New Repositories


  1. Select from the Display dropdown menu how the file will be displayed.
  1. Automatic -  selects the best display option based on the file type.
  2. Embed - displays the file within the webpage with the name and description (if checked).
  3. Force download - automatically downloads the file.
  4. Open - displays the description with a link to the file in the browser window.
  5. In pop-up - displays the file in a pop-up window. This option is advised if uploading a video.

  1. Show size - displays the file size.
  2. Show type - displays the type of the file, such as ‘Word document’.
  3. Show upload/modified date - displays the upload/modified date.
  4. Display resource description -  shows the description of the resource if the file is embedded. The box must be checked.

Note: For more information regarding size options and filter options located in the Show more area, contact the ITRC - (208) 282-5880 or email

Common module settings

  1. Choose whether to Show or Hide the Page (default is Show)
  2. Enter an ID number only if you want a way of identifying the activity for grade calculation purposes. If the activity is not included in any grade calculation then the ID number field may be left blank.

Restrict access

For more information on restricting access, see Restrict Access

Activity completion

For more information on activity completion, see Activity Completion

To save:

  1. Click Save and display to view the file.  
  2. Click Save and return to course to be taken back to the main course page.
  3. Click Cancel to delete the file settings.

Note: The new file will always appear at the bottom of the list within the week/topic you have chosen.

For more information, see File Resource

For additional information, contact the ITRC - (208) 282-5880 or email

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