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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.
One of the most requested features that I hear from faculty that they're looking for is a way to be able to upload files into Moodle and then be able to access those same files between multiple different courses. A lot of times a teacher will teach many different sections of the same course, where they have certain files that are just used over and over throughout their courses. In Moodle 2, there is a new feature called My private files, and in this movie we are going to step to how to go ahead and set up your Private files area and leverage it for your courses. All you need to do is come over to the left-hand column in the Navigation block and click on the link for My Profile.
If you look down a little bit further in the list, you will find the list for My private files. Go ahead and click on that link and now you have a button for Manage my private files. Go ahead and click on the button and here you're given a place to be able to add files and create folders into your private files area. Now one thing to note: down at the bottom there is a button that says Save changes. If you go through and add content to this area and you don't click Save changes, none of the changes--none of the uploaded files, none of the folders--will be saved. So you want to make sure that when you are all finished you click that Save changes button.
Let's go ahead and add a picture of ourselves that we are going to add to our user profile in a later movie. To do this, simply click the Add button, and now you'll see the standard file picker. Now if you don't see all the options that are listed here, be sure to go watch the movie on server administration in the first chapter. All you need to do now is simply go to the Upload a file area and click the Browse button. We will navigate through our exercise files and we will go to Chapter 2 and click on file for headshot. If you have your own image of yourself that you want to add, go ahead and do that now.
Click the Open button and if you need to change the name of the file, you can do that right here. But be warned: if you change the name of the file, it's a good idea to use no spaces in the file name and make sure you put the file extension. This has already been done for us in my file, so I am going to go ahead and leave that blank. You can then set who the author of the file is and any licenses that you want to attach to it. Go ahead and hit the Upload this file button and now the file appears here inside of your Private files area. You can click the Save Changes button, and that file has been added to your My private files area.
You can now access this file from any of the different courses or areas of Moodle. Let's go back into the Manage my private file areas, and I will show you how to upload some course content to keep yourself organized for working in your courses. Go ahead and click the Create folder button, and since our course number is BIOL432, we are going to go ahead and call this folder that, BIOL432. Hit the Ok button, and now you can click into that folder.
We can tell that we are in the folder because at the top it says Files Path. We are in the Files section, and we are in a folder called 432. Let's go ahead and add a file to this. Click the Add button, and again we are taken to our standard file picker. Click the Browse button and this time we're going to upload the Lecture_01_01.pdf. This is a PDF file of our lecture slides and we can use at a later time. Go ahead and click the Open button and hit Upload this file. Be sure to hit save changes, and now we've not only uploaded our headshot file, but we've also uploaded a folder, and if we click little plus sign, we can see the contents of that folder right here to be able access them.
That's all you need to know about getting in and managing your Private files area. Go ahead and upload some additional files if you need to into your folders. We are going to go back to the homepage, and in the next movie we are going to go in and customize our user profile.
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