The LEO File tool allows you to upload and display a variety of resources in your unit, such as a PDF copy of your Unit Outline, the PowerPoint slides for your lecture, or an Excel Spreadsheet. How students access and view the file is dependent on choices made in the file tool settings. These are set to open in a 'new window' by default but this will depend on the type of browser the student is using. Also note students will only be able to open your files if they have the appropriate software on their own computers.

It is important to follow proper copyright processes when adding a file. Equella is also used by the ACU Library as a database for managing and sharing copyrighted online readings. Before sharing copyrighted (textbook) materials in your LEO unit, please visit the ACU Library's Reading Lists in LEO page to learn more about how the library's Online Reading team can assist you.

The File tool is not suitable for the purposes of assessing students, as only lecturers can upload files directly to a LEO unit. Its primary purpose is to 'push' information through to students.

For example, you could create a file within LEO that contains:

  • Unit outline (PDF);
  • written text such as instructions;
  • citations for additional readings or academic papers.

Additionally, students are able to upload files to Assignment, Database, ePortfolio, Forum, Glossary, Turnitin, Wiki, and Workshop, if the file submission is part of their assessment.

The File enables lecturers to provide a file as a resource. Where possible, the file will be displayed within the unit interface; otherwise students will be prompted to download it.

The File resource can be used to provide draft files, student are required to download, edit and resubmit for assessment.

The File resource creates a single link, if you have a large number of files, consider using LEO Content, Book, Lesson or Page to create a context around the learning materials.

Uploading files (rather than entering large amounts of text directly into a Labels) keeps the LEO unit interface simple while allowing the unit to contain detailed lesson materials.

File upload includes browse and upload or drag and drop options.

For information about refer to uploading files

or drag and drop files


File resources in MoodleDocs

If you are interested in the File resource, you may also be interested in learning more about the Book resource. The Book resource is a series of sequential pages (or chapters) which can be used to display dynamic content.

Alternatively, if you are interested in creating a dynamic series of pages, non-sequential, with added capability of embedded Quiz questions, learn more about the Lesson activity.

A Page resource is a dynamic webpage, where you can add text, images, embed video content from YouTube, Vimeo and Kaltura. It allows to attach files within the page and build context around your content.

All these resources or activities use a text editor to enter text and add interactive elements to the resources and activities with your LEO unit.

Page last updated on 13/01/2021

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