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2.3 Adding Resources for Students

Welcome back to the course. Now that you’ve created your very own course in Moodle, it’s time to add some materials for your learners. These are called “resources”: static files that your students can view and download. These can be images, presentations, worksheets, and so on.

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2.3 Adding Resources for Students

Welcome back, now that you've created your very own course on Moodle, it's time to add some materials for your students. These are called resources and they're basically static files that your students can download and view. They can be images, presentations, worksheets, and so on. So let's go ahead and add some of these resources to our newly created course. We're back here in the Moodle admin interface and we're gonna click on the course that we created in the previous lesson. Now to add these resources, first we must turn editing on. We can do that by clicking this button, turn editing on. And here, you see that we have the option to add an activity or resource. And we can choose where to add that, so we can choose our section. So let's go ahead and add it to the section that we renamed earlier. Click that link. Here, we can choose between activities and resources. We'll talk about activities in the next lesson, but for now we're interested in resources. So here we can choose between book, file, folder, label, page, and so on. Let's choose file. Here we can give it a name, let's say, demo image. You can also give it a description and you can choose whether or not to display that description on the course page. And then you would select the files. You can choose unlimited files, but overall you have a file size limit. So you can drag and drop or you can click this little button to add the file or to create a new folder. In my case, I'm just gonna drag and drop from my computer. Here I have an image downloaded from Unsplash, and you can find the link to that in the lesson notes. Here you have some additional options for that file, like the display type. You can choose to show the size, the type, the upload modified date, and also the description. You can also choose to restrict access to this file, you can add tags. And once you're done, you can hit Save and display or Save and return to course. So this is the demo image that I've added. So now, if we go back to our course, you can see that we have a new resource in this section called demo image. You can see the description here and also the file format and the file size. Maybe you want to add another one, click this link again. Go to Resources, what do you want to add? Maybe you want to add a folder, let's do that. Let's call this folder Essentials and let's give it a description. Here you can also add files inside this one, so let's add two more files. Here we can choose where to display the folder contents and how to deal with the subfolders and the download button. So let's Save and return to the course. And by doing that, we now have a folder here. We can click that and we can see the two files that I've just uploaded. If you want to display the contents of the folder here, you can click Edit > Edit settings. And then you can scroll down and you can choose Inline on a course page and then Save and return to course. And now you'll see those files displayed here directly, and you also have the option to download that folder. Now if at some point you will want to move a resource from one section of the course to another. You can simply click this icon where it says Move resource and then drag to the section that you want to move it to, it's really that simple. If you want to remove a resource, it's also very simple. Click Edit > Delete and that's gonna get rid of it. If you want to rename it, you can click this pencil icon. And that's how you can add resources to your course. And by doing that, you now have some learning material for your students. Now to make your course as engaging as possible, you can also create activities. And these are different from resources in the sense that activities require direct input from your students, while resources are just static files. We'll learn more about activities in the next lesson, see you there.

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