Add files – Staff Guide

You can add a variety of content types to your module or organisation. This guide explains how to add files.

If you’d like to add rich content that combines a variety of materials to view together, such as text, multimedia, and attachments see, create a Document.

There are 3 ways to add files. You can use:

  1. Upload
  2. Drag and drop
  3. Cloud Storage (for One Drive files)

By default, students view files in the browser and have the option to download. Read more about this in the section on How students view files.

Upload

Within the Module Content page select the + icon wherever you want to add content. You may need to hover beneath content items to make the + icon appear.

  1. Navigate to the appropriate area and select the + icon
  2. Click Upload
  3. Select the file(s) you want to upload, use the Ctrl key (CMD key if using a Mac) to select more than one file.
  4. Click Open
  5. The file(s) will be uploaded

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To add content to folders/learning modules, click on the folders and learning modules to open them. Then look for the + icon to add content to your folder or learning module.

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Drag and drop

You can quickly add files to folders/learning modules via drag and drop.

To do this you will need to locate the file(s) you want to upload, use your mouse to select the file(s) you want to upload, then drag them into the relevant area within the module. Use the Ctrl key (CMD key if using a Mac) to select more than one file.

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Add files from Cloud Storage

Files can also be added directly from your University of Leeds OneDrive account by selecting the + icon in the relevant area, then clicking Cloud Storage, OneDrive then Connect. You can then add one or more files. You may need to hover beneath content items to make the + icon appear.

Adding files in this way adds a copy of the file to Minerva.

For more information see, Add Files from Cloud Storage.

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How students view files

Most files can be viewed in the browser by default (so students do not need to download a copy). When you add a supported file type (PDF, DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, ODS, ODT, ODP), you will have the option to either allow the student to: view and download, view only, or download only. View and download is the recommended option. However, the file will be converted to display in the browser, so for complex/important files, we suggest you review the file online and if the format is negatively affected, switch the option to download only. Click the three dots icon next to the uploaded file if you need to review these options.

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