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How to batch-upload learning materials, give students access in Moodle

To upload a set of learning materials (e.g. multiple audio tracks from a CD) at once:

  1. On your computer, browse to the files (assuming that, if your source material is on an audio CD, you have already “ripped” the audio to files on your computer)
  2. Zip the folder, e.g. using the built-in Windows right-click/context menu option “send to”/ “compressed file” (for more options, install the free 7-zip is more powerful, which is required on Windows XP if your file names contain foreign language diacritics).

In your Moodle course, Step 1 is to upload the files: click at the bottom of the left menu: “File

  1. No need to create a folder since this is done automatically (advantage: keep files manageably together, e.g. applying student permissions to an entire folder set of files versus individual files – disadvantage: you may run into our Moodle file size limit (as of 2011-05 64MB for individual files, including the uploaded zip-file; you may ask for an increase or TBA:compress your audio files) .
  2. Enter the folder and upload, by browsing to the zipped file on your computer
  3. Wait for the upload to finish (remember you may have a single file size limit, so while it is not as convenient as uploading all files in one batch, you may have to split the files. When using Windows “Send to”, you have to manage this manually. 7-zip offers more assistance),
  4. Once the file appears in the folder, there will be a link “unzip” to the right of it: Click it.
  5. moodle-upload-zip-files
  6. moodle-upload-zip-files-unzip
  7. Once the initial files appear in the folder, you can and may  want to delete the zipped file. 
  8. moodle-upload-zip-files-unzipped

Step 2 is to to make these files accessible to your students, by wrapping them as a resource:

  1. Button: “Turn editing on.”
  2. Section / drop-down:“Resources” / “Display a directory”.
  3. Enter a descriptive Name (your folder name will not carry over).
  4. You can enter a description of the file if you want into the Summary field. This is optional.
  5. Under “Display a directory”,’ select the desired folder directory from the pull-down menu.
  6. Click “Save and Display” to check the results.
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