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Add a Folder of Files to a Moodle Course

Moodle allows you to post multiple files at once in a Folder. Folders can only contain files such as PDFs, Word documents, or image files. Folders can't contain Moodle Activities (such as Quizzes, Assignments, and Forums), or Resources (such as URLs or Pages).

You can upload files to a Moodle Folder one at a time, or you can make a Zip file containing several files on your computer to upload to a Folder. You can update the folder to add additional files, rename files, or move them into sub folders.

A folder on a Moodle course page looks like this:

  screenshot of a folder on a course page

Once opened, a folder shows a directory of files. Students can click a file name to download:

Screenshot of an open folder

Note: You cannot use drag-and-drop to add a Folder to your Moodle course.

Upload Files to a Moodle Folder

  1. On your course page, click Turn editing on (top right). Editing icons and links will appear.
  2. Locate the Topic or Weekly Section where you will add the Folder. (If you are using the Collapsed topics format, open the Section.).
  3. Click + Add an activity or resource. The Activity chooser will open.
  4. In the Activity chooser, scroll down to the Resources heading and select Folder. Then click Add. The Adding a new folder page will open.
  5. In the Name field, provide a title for your folder (required). The name you enter will display as the link to the folder on your course page.
  6. In the Description field, add a description (required). To display the description on the course page, check Display description on course page.
  7. Add files under the Content heading. The easiest way to add files is using drag-and-drop:

    1. Arrange your computer's windows so that you can view both the Files area in Moodle and the files on your computer.
    2. Drag files from your computer onto the large blue arrow in the Moodle Files area.
      Note: To upload multiple files at once, hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard (Windows), or the COMMAND key (MAC), and click to select multiple files. Then drag the files into the Files area in Moodle.
  8. Alternatively, you can use the file picker to browse for files on your computer. The best way to upload multiple files with the file picker is to first make them into a .zip file, then unzip the file in Moodle:
    1. For directions on zipping files, see Create a ZIP File (below).
    2. Click Add.... (at top left of Files area). The File picker pop-up window will open.
    3. Click Upload a file (top left) and then click Browse to search for the .zip file on your computer.
    4. Click Upload this file. The File picker window will close and the .zip file will be listed in the Files area.
    5. In the Files box, click the .zip file icon. A pop-up window for the file will open. Click Unzip (at top).
      Screensot of the pop-up window showing location of (Click to enlarge)
    6. (Optional) You can delete the .zip file, or leave it in the folder to allow students to download all the files at once to unzip on their own computers. To delete it, click the .zip file again and then click Delete (at top) in the pop-up window. Click OK to confirm the deletion. The pop-up window will close and the .zip file will be gone.
  9. Select how folder contents should be displayed: On a separate page or Inline on a course page. Next, select whether subfolders should be expanded.
  10. Click Save and return to course (at-bottom) to complete the file upload process. The Folder will appear in the Topic or Weekly Section.

Create a Zip File

To upload multiple files at once using the Moodle File picker, compress the files on your computer into a Zip file.  A Zip file is a file type where multiple files or folders are compressed into a single, smaller file with a ".zip" file extension. Uploading multiple files to Moodle as a .zip can save you time and requires less clicking.

Windows Users

If you do not currently have software to compress and extract files, you can download a free program to install on your computer. OIT recommends using 7-Zip, a file compression and extraction program.

To compress a folder or group of files into a Zip file using 7-Zip:

  1. Right-click the folder or files you wish to compress and select 7-Zip, then Add to archive... The Add to Archive pop-up window will open.
  2. In the Archive field, type the name that you want to use for this group of files. In the Archive format field, choose zip from the drop-down menu and click OK. The Add to Archive pop-up window will close and the files will compress. 
  3. A new ZIP file will appear in the same directory (folder) as the files you selected.

Mac Users

For Mac users, there is no need to download additional software to compress files as this feature is already included in the operating system.

  1. To compress a folder or group of files, right-click (control+click) on the folder or files and select Compress "...".
  2. A new ZIP file will appear on your computer in the same directory (folder) as the files you selected.

Organize the Files within a Folder

Files in folders are listed in alphabetical or numeric order. To make the files appear in a particular order for your students, you will need to rename the files.

One option is to add numbers in front of the file names, for example:
        01-handout.pdf
        02-reading.pdf
        03-spreadsheet.xlsx
        04-instructions.docx

To rename files already in a Moodle Folder:

  1. Click the Update icon (Update icon) for the Folder. The Updating Folder window will open.
  2. Click the main folder first to view files within it.
  3. To rename a file, click the File icon.  A pop-up window opens.
  4. In the Name field, edit the name.
    Note: DO NOT remove or change the file extension (e.g., .pdf, or .docx). A proper file extension is required for the file to download and open for your students.
  5. Click Update. The pop-up will close and the Files area will show the new file name.
  6. Rename any other files and then click Save and return to course.