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Adding files

Summary

Files can be uploaded into Documents or directly to the Course Content area.

Most common file types can be viewed within the site without needing to be downloaded.

Relevant VLE site design principles

  • 3.1 Essential: Organise module materials in sections that support student progress through the module.
  • 3.4 Essential: Site and materials content is accessible.
  • 3.6 Essential: Links and materials titles describe the destination or content.
  • 5.1 Recommended: Ensure that students can see and access module materials and content.

Uploading Files into a Document

This method is recommended for presenting module materials (eg. lecture slides) and other files in context.

Week 2 lecture document with introductory text and uploaded lecture slides file

Video steps

Video: Adding files in Ultra.

Text steps: Upload from computer

  1. If your Document already has content, first click the plus icon in the location to add the file.
  2. Select Upload from Computer.
    Upload from computer is the third item in Add content options
  3. Select the item to upload and click Open.
    Week 2 lecture slides PPTX file selected and Open clicked
  4. Input a descriptive file display name (eg. "Week 4 Seminar Materials"), set the file options as View and Download, then click Save.
    File options showing descriptive display name and view and download option selected
  5. Click the chevron icon to the right of the file name to preview the file in the Document (if "view" was selected in file options).
    Lecture 2 PPTX file previewed in the site

Text steps: Attach using the text editor

  1. In the text editor, put your cursor in the location to add the file and click the paperclip/Attachment icon.
    Cursor underneath 'Lecture Slides' text and paperclip icon highlighted in text editor bar
  2. Select the item to upload and click Open.
    Week 2 lecture slides PPTX file selected and Open clicked
  3. Input a descriptive file display name (eg. "Week 4 Seminar Materials"), set the file options as View and Download, then click Save.
    File options showing descriptive display name and view and download option selected
  4. Click Save under the text editor.
  5. Click the chevron icon to the right of the file name to view the file in the Document (if "view" was selected in file options).
    Lecture 2 PPTX file previewed in the site

Uploading Files into the Course Content area

This method is recommended for standalone or reference materials that don't require context, as it's not possible to add explanatory text with the file.

  1. Click the plus icon in the location to add the file and select Upload.
  2. Select the item to upload and click Open.
    Week 2 lecture slides PPTX file selected and Open clicked
  3. Input a descriptive file display name (eg. "Week 4 Seminar Materials"), set the file options as View and Download, then click Save.
    File options showing descriptive display name and view and download option selected
  4. Make the file visible to students.
  5. Click the file to view in a separate pane in the site (if "view" was selected in file options).