Styles and layout - file (resource)

file iconThis 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.


Upload a file

Uploading (adding) a file to your FLO site is an easy process. You can either upload the file to:

  • your FLO site homepage 
    The file will show on the homepage (as a hyperlink with file type and size)
  • 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).

  1. 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):
    drag and drop files

  2. Navigate to the site week or module you want to upload a file into
     
  3. 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
    add files here

  4. Click on the cog iconcog 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)

    file - appearance

    This is how it will look on your FLO site homepage:
    file example

    Add a file
    1. Turn editing on using the button in the top right corner 

    2. Go to the week or module where you would like the file to appear 

    3. Click on Add an activity or resource

    4. Select File from the Resources section 
      file resource option

    5. Click on the Add button at the bottom of the box 

    6. You will be taken to the Adding a new file screen where you can set the parameters of your file 

    7. Fill in the name, description (optional), and upload the file into the Content section 

    8. Click Save and display

    To a page or book chapter
    1. Click on the edit cog icon cog icon to open your page or book chapter for editing 

    2. Highlight some text you want to hyperlink to 

    3. In the HTML toolbar, click on the hyperlink icon   (you need to have text highlighted, otherwise the icon is not activated) 
      link to a file method 

    4. Click on the Browse repositories... button to choose a file to upload
       
      browse repositories
        
    5. On your computer, select and open the file, then click the Upload this file button 

    6. 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) 

    7. Click Update (relates to the link), then Save changes (relates to the page/book chapter)

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