Uploading multiple files and folders in Moodle 2

Moodle allows you to upload files quickly, and in a previous post we explained how to upload files to Moodle 2. However, before your list of files becomes too long, it is worth spending time thinking about how they will be displayed, and perhaps organising them into folders and subfolders. This could help you to avoid the deaded ‘scroll of death’ (the term first coined by Mark Drechsler to describe what happens when Moodle courses contain large amounts of information displayed on the course front page).

In Moodle 1.9 the way to display multiple files and folders was to organise them in the Files area of the course, and then to ‘Display a directory’. In Moodle 2 there is no longer a course Files area, and the directory option has sensibly been renamed simply to Folder. To add a folder of files to your Moodle site you can either create the folder on the site and add files to it, or you can zip a folder of files on your computer, upload the zipped file to your course site, and then unzip it.

To create a folder and add files to it:

  1. To display your files in folders, Turn editing on.
  2. Go to Add a resource… then from the drop down list choose Folder.
  3. Give the folder a Name (what the student clicks on, so this should be meaningful)
  4. Under Description, write a short summary of the contents of the folder. This is what the student will see if they select the resource from the Navigation bar.
  5. To add files to your folder, click on Add under Content:
  6. The File picker window will be displayed, and you can look for files from your Server files or Recent files, or Upload a file from your computer (see post on uploading files to Moodle 2).
  7. Scroll down and click Save and display.
  8. The link is displayed in a list format with the usual editing options:
  9. Use a Label to describe what to do with the resource (Add a resource – Label).
  10. To add more files to the folder at a later date, or to delete or rename files,  click on the Update icon .  
  11. Use the Add button again to add more files, or right click on the icon  next to the relevant file to Download, Rename, Move or Delete your files:

To display a zipped folder:

  1. Moodle handles zipped files particularly well and this can save time if you have a lot of files. You can upload zipped (compressed) folders directly into Moodle, and Moodle offers an option to unzip (uncompress) them directly.
  2. First, you need to organise your files into appropriate folders. You can do this on your computer.
  3. Next, you need to zip the folders. Right-click on the folder you want to upload, and Send To > Compressed (zipped) Folder:
  4. You will now see a new Compressed (zipped) folder with the same name displayed next to the zipped file icon .
  5. Next, Add a resource… and choose Folder.
  6. Give the file (the folder) a Name and a Description.
  7. Under Content click on Add.
  8. Click on Upload a file, use Choose File to browse to the zipped folder, and select Open.
  9. In the Save as field, enter a name for this folder, and click on Upload this file to close the File picker window and get back to the page where you edit files.
  10. To unzip the folder, under Content, right click on the icon  next to the folder name, and select Unzip:
  11. You will now see two folders with the same name – one unzipped, and one zipped.
  12. Right click on the icon  next to the zipped folder name, and select Delete:
  13. You will be asked Are you sure you want to delete this file? so say Yes.
  14. Scroll down and click Save and display.

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