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In this course, author Chris Mattia helps educators create online courses that complement classroom-based instruction and foster student interaction using the free learning management system Moodle. The course details the basics of setting up a test environment, disseminating course information, creating forums, and assessing student progress. Tutorials on building course materials with Moodle's built-in HTML editor, preparing and posting various types of media, uploading assignments, and evaluating tests automatically are also included.
We've already seen how to upload an individual file into the My private files section, and we've even created a folder to be able to contain a lot of the materials for our course, but we were only able to upload a single document at a time, and in this movie I'd like to show you how you can go ahead and upload multiple documents at a time using the Zip function. So, the first thing we want to set up here inside of our course is a way to be able to quickly access our Private files section. So, to do that, make sure you have editing turned on and then scroll down in the right-hand column. You should find an Add a block block and a dropdown menu for Add.
We'll go ahead and select that and click on My private files. Now, the screen will refresh, and we'll scroll back down, and there is the Private files section. You can see the folder that we created previously and the JPEG image that we uploaded for our profile picture, and there is a single link here that says Mange my private files. Go ahead and click on that, and it's going to take us to the private files manager. We ca, of course go into the folder for BIOL432, and we're able to see the one lecture file that we posted earlier, but if we were to click the Add button, we'd still only be able to upload one file at a time.
It would be nice to be able to do multiples. In order to do that, we need to a little bit of set up on our desktop first. So, let's come on up here and minimize our browser, and now we are back in our exercise files. We have a bunch of documents that are in here that we want to upload all at one time. We want to upload some graphics and some additional presentations which are listed here. Now to do a multiple selection on the Mac, you are going to hold down the Command key, and on the PC, you are going to hold down the Ctrl key, and simply click on the assignments.png. We are going skip the PDF for Lecture_01, but we are going to select the PowerPoint, the keynote for Lecutre_02, another PDF, another PowerPoint.
We are going to get the PNG file for the lecture materials and the one for reading materials. Now, that I have all of those done, I can let go of my Command or my Ctrl key, and now if you are on the Mac, you can Ctrl+Click, or on the PC, right-click. And the Mac side you are going to go ahead and select Compress 8 Items from the dropdown menu. On the PC, you are going to select Send To and Compressed (zipped). Now, what your operating system is going to do is it's going to take all of these files and stuff them all together in this one single document.
On the Mac, it's called Archive; on the PC, it will choose a different name, but it will have the .zip file extension, and this one file has all of these other documents contained in it, and that's what we are going to upload. We are going to essentially kind of pull a fast one on Moodle by telling it we're only uploading one file, but in reality, we've got a whole bunch in here. Let's go ahead and go back to our browser. We are going to go back down to our dock and grab that, and we're going to come back up here. We are going to hit the Add button, and we're going to make sure we are on the Upload a file section, and we're going to simply hit the Browse button, and we're going to navigate to the exercise files and find that Archive.zip file, select it, and then come on down to the bottom and click Open.
Now, we don't need to save it as any special name. We'll just go ahead and hit the Upload this file button and the Archive.zip came up here. Now if you look just to the right of that file, you'll see a little menu icon. We'll go ahead and hit that, and it gives us a few options, and the second option in the list is the one that we want, Unzip. Go ahead and click Unzip and all of those files that were packaged up have now been expanded out into our file structure. Now, you'll notice that in my screen I've got both Archive.zip and I have this _MACOSX, and I have that one because I packaged this up on a Mac.
If you did this on PC, you wouldn't have this file. And what we are going to do is we are going to go ahead and get rid of both of these documents, so we can just click the little menu next to the _MACOSX file and select Delete and confirm, yes, we want to do that, and we can also get rid of the ZIP file. So we can hit the little menu next to it, come on down here to Delete that one, and say Yes, and there we go. That has all those files in. This is the part that is going to get you, over and over and over, and that is, you think you've got all of these files up here and everything is great and golden, but nothing has been saved.
You have to come down here to the bottom and you have to click Save changes. If you don't click Save changes, those uploads that you made are not going to be retained, and as soon as you click Save changes, Moodle returns you right back to your course. You don't have to navigate anywhere else. It's going to take you right back here. If you're trying to get back into your course and you notice there is no link in there, that's because you haven't saved. So, take that as a warning. Go ahead and save that. Let's go ahead and check our work. Scroll on down and look for the My private files block down in the lower right-hand corner.
You can hit the little plus sign next to the BIOL432 folder, and there are all of your files that you are able to access right from here. Where this becomes incredibly helpful-- if we go ahead scroll back on up in the course--is if you click on Add a resource, and we're going to just point to File and do this in the top header block, and we're going to skip the top part because we just want to have a quick look at this. Hit the Add button. We can come over here to My private files from the File picker, BIOL432, and there are all of those files that we're able to access.
It's exactly what we wanted. So, I am going to go ahead close this file picker and I am going to come on all the way to the bottom and hit Cancel. That's how you can better organize your files and keep them organized. Create some ZIP files on your local machine and be able to batch-upload lots of files. Many of you have already created an entire folder that contains all of the materials for your course, and a great way to get all those materials posted up into your Moodle course quickly so you can start building and presenting those files to your students is to batch-upload them by creating a ZIP file.
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