Adding Folders and Files in Moodle

Displaying a Folder lets you give students access to multiple course resources (files) at one time.

These instructions will show you how to:

  • Create a folder manually
  • Upload a file to a folder
  • Automatically create a folder and its content files, by uploading an archive file

Before you begin, it is strongly recommended that you backup your course.
Email dlsupport @ vcc.ca if you need help or clarification.

Creating a Folder Manually

  1. Log into your course and select “Turn editing on” (found near the top right corner of your course).
    editting on
  2. In the section in your course where you want the folder to appear, open the "Add a Resource" list, and select "Folder":
  3. In the next screen, enter the Name and Description for your new folder.
    (The Name is what students will see on your course outline page.)
    • e.g.
      Name: "Week One Resource Files for Students"
      Description: [ This description is required by Moodle. ]

Adding Files One-by-one

If you only have a few files to upload to your new folder, uploading them one-by-one may be the easiest method.
If you have many files to upload, use the Archive Upload method described below.

  1. Be sure you turn “editing on”, if it isn't already.
  2. While adding or updating (editing) your folder, scroll down to the "Content" group, and click the "Add" button:
  3. In the File Picker, click the "Browse..." button:
  4. In the file requester that appears, select a file, and click "OK"
  5. Click "Upload this file". Now, the file you uploaded is listed in the Content group:
  6. Repeat these steps to add additional files to this folder.
  7. Click the "Save and return to course" button to save these changes.

Uploading a Folder and Multiple Files Using an Archive

If you need to create a folder containing many files, it's easier to upload everything at once in an archive file.
  1. On your computer, place your files into a folder.
  2. Now, you must archive the folder into a .zip file:
    • PC: Right-click on the folder and select "Compress to..." or "Send to >> Compressed Folder" from the pop-up menu.
    • Mac: Select the folder and right-click (or Ctrl-click) and select "Compress" or ""Create archive".
  3. You should now have a .zip file containing your folder with files inside.
  4. In Moodle, be sure you turn “editing on”, if it isn't already.
  5. Update (edit) your folder, scroll down to the "Content" group and click the "Add" button:
  6. Upload your zip archive in the file picker, using the same steps as in the "one-by-one" process above.
  7. Now, your archive file will be listed in the Content group:
  8. You must uncompress the archive before students can access your files.
    Click on the zip archive and select "Unzip".
  9. You will see your folder listed. Click on it to see its contents.
    (You can delete the uploaded zip archive now.)
  10. Click the "Save and return to course" button to save these changes.