Join Mary Cooch for an in-depth discussion in this video Uploading a folder of exam papers, part of Moodle 2.5 Essential Training.
If you have lots of files to add to your course, may be a series of examination papers or required readings. It will be much quicker to upload them all at once in a folder instead of one at the time. This video will show you two ways you can upload a folder of files. Both ways need you to have the editing turned on. Which we've done either by clicking the link in the administration block or by clicking the button top right. And then it's important to make sure that your folder has been zipped. Now I have a folder on my desktop over on the right here which I will reveal and you can see that it's been zipped or compressed beforehand.
If you don't do this, the folder simply won't upload. Most browsers allow you simply to drag and drop a folder in. If you're using an earlier version of Internet Explorer, you might not be able to do this. Or if your Moodle administrator hasn't allowed it, to Drag and Drop you click on the folder, hold it and then as you move into the course section you'll see a dotted line box. And you can let go and the folder will be uploaded. So, that's the first way. Now, let's look at the second way which works with all browsers including Internet Explorer.
Again, with the editing turned on and in the section where we want to add the folder, we click the link, add an activity or resource. This takes us to Moodle's activity chooser and if we scroll down we'll see that there is an option Folder. Ticking the radio button to the left of it brings up some information about the folder on the right. And then we can click the Add button at the bottom to get started. Once we've added a few folders, though, we don't need to read this information. So we can get straight there by clicking the Radio button twice. In the set up screen that comes next, it's important to choose a useful name because this is what the students will click on to access our folder.
The description may or may not be obligatory according to our Administrator settings but if we want to display it, we simply check the box underneath. Then, we're going to add the folder, making sure it zipped, by the Add button here. But you'll see that it is possible to create a folder from new, and then to upload files individually into it. So if we click the Add button, this takes us to Moodle's File picker, and we've chosen upload a file. So we then click the button which might say Choose File or Browse, according to our browser, to locate our zipped folder.
And again it's very important to look at the icon to make sure that it is the zipped folder otherwise it won't work. We don't need to save it as a different name. We might want to change the author we might want to change the licence, but bear in mind the licence doesn't display on the course page anyway. If we then click Upload This File, we've got our zipped folder. However if we were to leave it now, students would have to click to unzip it and they might not know how to do that. So I'm going to click on the folder, and you see that I have an option at the top third along to unzip.
So if we click that, we'll then get our folder again, the correct shape, which we can display to our learners. Which means, then, that we don't need the zipped folder, so if we click on it one more time, we have a button in the middle, delete, to get rid of it. We're asked to confirm. Yes, we do. And we're ready to go. We have the option, also, of how we want the folder contents to be displayed. Either on a separate page so the students would click the folder to open it up or everything in line on the course page which might be nice for them to see.
But it might make your page rather long if you have a lot of folders. The other settings we can ignore and then we scroll down and click Save and return to course. And we see there is our folder displayed. So in conclusion, we've learned how to upload an entire folder of documents by first zipping or compressing the folder. And then, according to your browser and preference either dragging and dropping it or uploading through Moodle's file picker. Whichever way we choose, we then have to unzip it before we can display it to our classes.
- Choosing your course layout
- Using the calendar and managing events
- Uploading course materials
- Giving instructions to your students
- Enrolling students
- Creating a discussion forum
- Setting up assignments
- Grading assignments
- Adding quizzes
- Evaluating your courses
- Tracking course completion
- Backing up and restoring courses