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 ITRC to discuss the option of placing these large files on the media server.

This guide will help you to:

Add a File to Your Course

  1. Turn Editing On. For more information on turning editing on, 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. A box will appear showing you all the activities and resources that can be added to the course.


Hot Tip: 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 from the list and Click Add.

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Note: This will take you to the Add a new File Resource


  1. Type the name of the file in the Name box. This will be visible to students on the course homepage.
  2. In the Description box, Type in a description (this is a required box). If you would like this description displayed on the course page, Check the Display description on course page checkbox.

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  1. Click Add… to open up the File picker.

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Hot Tip: You can also select the file on your computer, drag it to the central area of the above block, and drop it there to upload.

Note: Generally, the file is located on your computer. The following steps guide you through using the Upload a file option.

To upload a file from your computer, Select Upload a file from the left column of the File picker.


  1. Click Browse File…

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  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. Click Upload this file.

Hot Tip: Entering a name in the Save as box will rename the file only for Moodle ISU. This is optional and not required to upload your file.

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


  1. Select from the Display Dropdown menu to determine 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. Display resource description -  shows the description of the resource if the file is embedded. The box must be checked.

The following options can be accessed by Clicking Show more.

  1. With the pop-up option also comes the ability to specify the size of the pop-up window in pixels. For more information regarding size options, contact ITRC.
  2. For information regarding filter options, contact ITRC.

Common module settings
For more information on Common module settings, see Groups and Groupings.
Restrict access
For more information on restricting access, see Conditional Release.
Activity completion
For more information on activity completion, see Activity Completion.

Once you have everything set:

  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 NOT save the link to the external website.

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

For more information, visit File Resource

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