Following on from my last post on file repositories file manager is much improved in the new Moodle.

You can:

  • Quickly add one or multiple files to your module using Drag and Drop
  • Organise your content using a folder structure
  • Add files to your module from your personal repositories and
  • Link to a master file across modules.

Drag and Drop

In Moodle 2 you can quickly add one or multiple files to your module page by dragging and dropping them from your computer drive onto the module homepage. Just remember to Turn editing on to activate drag and drop on your module homepage. The image below demonstrates how to drag and drop a file into your module.

Drag and Drop step-by-step guide






 FolderFolder of resources

This is a folder of resources. It can be a useful way to display a number of forms or related content. The files will display in alphabetical order and this cannot be changed so if your students need to read them in sequential order you might want to preface the names with a.b. etc.

Once you have created your folder you can drag and drop 1 or multiple files into your folder.

Adding a folder step-by-step guide

Adding files from external repositories

In Moodle 2 you can add a file to module from your personal repositories including Google Drive and Dropbox.

This is a link to a file saved in Dropbox. I chose the option create an alias/shortcut to the file so that any changes to the Dropbox file are automatically visible in the file linked to in Moodle. Remember to use this Description box to provide an update to students about the changes made to the file.

Students can also upload their assignments from their Google Drive or Dropbox accounts but they do not get an option to create an alias/shortcut to a file.

This is a copy of a file from my Google Drive account. Linking to Google Drive files is different to linking to files in Dropbox in that you do not get an option of creating a link to a file. You only have the option of taking a copy of the file.

Link to Master File

You can now reuse a file between different modules and set a master file so that when you overwrite the master file the changes are reflected in any linked files.

This is a link to a file that was uploaded to another module on which I’m enrolled. This means that if you update the content of the Master File all linked files will display that change. This could be useful for administrative forms and documents.
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