Add images to Minerva: Staff Guide

Adding images to your content area can be a great way of grabbing attention and increasing engagement in your modules, and as an effective visual tool within your learning content itself. Images can be added in several areas throughout your module or organisation.

Banner Images

Banners allow to personalise your module, they are displayed at the top of the Content page within your module. They can help you and your students easily differentiate one module from another. Read our guide on creating a banner and thumbnail image for your Minerva module.

Content Areas

Images can be added directly to Minerva as part of a Document. Most common image file types, including animated gifs, can be displayed. Any unsupported file types can be downloaded by users.
When creating a new document, you’ll see four options: any can be used for adding an image. Let’s look at each one:

1. Add Content

This option allows you to add different content types in a “WSYIWYG” text box, for combining text and images together in one section. Click the + icon in the editor menu to either link an image from another site (or from the content collection), or upload from cloud storage. Clicking the paperclip icon will let you upload directly from your device.

An image displayed in editor view

Either option will allow you to decide how the image is displayed, and add alternative text for accessibility.

Edit Attributes menu for images on Minerva. Options include Display Name, Image Type, Alternative text and how to display the media file.

2. Add HTML

Advanced users can add HTML to also display images and other content in-line. Selecting this opens a plaintext field for adding code.

3. Upload from Computer

This will open a new window to select a file to attach. Supported file types (most images) will display by default. Click the three-dots icon to the top-right of the image to see display options and add alternative text for accessibility.

4. Upload from Cloud Storage

You can also select files from your University OneDrive account, with the same options above. You will be asked to link your account if using this option for the first time. See add files from cloud storage for guidance on how to link your account.