This entry relates to styles and layout. A file is classified as a 'resource' in FLO.
Files are an organisational/layout feature in your topic. You may want to store key files in module 0 or the first module so that students can access them quickly.
You can provide a file (eg PDF, Word doc, image) as a topic resource. The file may include supporting files, for example an HTML file may have embedded images or Flash objects. Students needs to have the appropriate software on their computers in order to open the file. Ensure that the files are of reasonable file size to reduce upload/download times - see Optimise files for tips to reduce file size.
Upload a file
Uploading (adding) a file to your FLO site is an easy process. You can either upload the file to:
a page/book chapter The file will show as a hyperlink only (this may be a design consideration re students finding the file easily)
To your FLO site homepage
There are two ways to upload a file to your topic's homepage. Once you have added the file, it will show in the week or module that you have added it to.
Drag and drop a file
You are able to use drag and drop to upload a file into any module within your topic. Drag and drop is available on most modern browsers (eg Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer).
Turn editing on using the button in the top right corner The following message should appear at the top of your topic homepage (but if it doesn't you should still be able to do it):
Navigate to the site week or module you want to upload a file into
Drag the file from your computer and drop into the module you wish to upload the file into Note: by default, files are uploaded to the bottom of the module. Once uploaded, the file can be moved
Click on the cog iconto edit the file. Decide on the Appearance of the file: the default settings are Display: New window, with Show size and Show type ticked (eg PDF file 9kb)
This is how it will look on your FLO site homepage:
Add a file
Turn editing on using the button in the top right corner
Go to the week or module where you would like the file to appear
Click on Add an activity or resource
Select File from the Resources section
Click on the Add button at the bottom of the box
You will be taken to the Adding a new file screen where you can set the parameters of your file
Fill in the name, description (optional), and upload the file into the Content section
Click Save and display
To a page or book chapter
Click on the edit cog icon to open your page or book chapter for editing
Highlight some text you want to hyperlink to
In the HTML toolbar, click on the hyperlink icon (you need to have text highlighted, otherwise the icon is not activated)
Click on the Browse repositories... button to choose a file to upload
On your computer, select and open the file, then click the Upload this file button
Decide on the Target (default is Open in this window/frame). You are most likely to choose Open in new window (_blank). If you leave it at the default, users will need to use the Back arrow in the browser toolbar to return to the original screen (the page or book chapter)
Click Update (relates to the link), then Save changes (relates to the page/book chapter)