You may have documents that students need to download to gain knowledge or complete assignments. You can make these files available to students by first loading them into the course and then creating links on specific pages.

Before You Begin

  • Identify the name of the course to which you want to add files.
  • Determine the name(s) of the file(s) you want to load and identify where they are located on your own computer.


  • On the landing page of your campus, click the name of the course to which you want to add files.
  • Find the Administration Block in the course.
Administration Block

Generally, the Administration Block appears in the left-column or can be found by clicking Administer My Course in a facilitated template. If you cannot find this block, you can temporarily add it to any page by selecting it from the Add Block dropdown. Make sure you’re in Editing mode to see this dropdown.

  • Click the Files option in the Administration Block. The screen will change and you will see any files that already exist.
  • Click the Upload a File button on the right side of the screen. The screen will change to let you find the file on your own system.
Files area in a course
  • Click the Browse button and then find and open your file in the Insert File dialog box. You’ll return to the previous screen and will see the location and name of your file in the box.
  • Click the Upload This File button.  In a few moments, the screen will change and you will see your file in the list. It is now available to the course and ready to be placed on a page.
  • Return to your course by clicking any Tab on the menu.
  • If necessary, enter Editing mode by clicking the Edit This Page button.
  • Click the Manage Activities tab. The screen will change to enable you to add new learning objects to your course.
Manage Activities tab
  • From the Add a Resource dropdown, select Link to a File or Website.  A form for your new resource will display.
  • Type a name for your resource.

Example:  Syllabus - Microsoft Word format

  • Click the Choose or Upload a File button immediately to the right of the Location box.  The screen will change and you will see the files that have been uploaded to your course.
  • To the right of the file you want to display, click the Choose link. You will be returned to the form.
Choosing a file

It’s important to click the Choose link instead of clicking the checkbox or the name of the file.

  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Save and Return to Course button.
  • Display the page where you want to place the file.
  • Making sure you’re still in Editing mode, select the name of the File Resource you just created from the Add Existing Activity dropdown. The link will display in the bottom of the middle column. You can move it using the Move icons in the block. Students can simply click the link to download the file.