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Using the Resources module

The Resources module is used to attach downloadable and/or interactive resources to any Web Page or Virtual Classroom page.  Think of it as an online filing cabinet for activities and documents related to your Virtual Classroom, or any supporting documentation or newsletters for the general public. Uploaded items can be arranged within separate folders, and icons are used to differentiate between different file types.

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Getting started

To use the Resources module, a Web Page or Virtual Classroom page needs to be created, and the Resources module dragged onto the module layout.  The module then needs to be activated, ready for use.

Uploading a resource item

To upload any resource item, click on “Options” on the top right of the module select “Add a Resource”.

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The subsequent pop-up window has three tabs along the top, detailing the different types of resources that can be uploaded:

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Explanation of process

Upload File(s)

Used to upload any single file or to upload and uncompress a ZIP file

Browse to select a file from your computer.

If uploading multiple files, compress the files into a ZIP file. Use the Browse button to locate this ZIP file on your computer, and check the box for 'Uploading multiple files in a ZIP archive'. The files will be extracted automatically.

Use the drop-down list to select the Resource Folder to place it in, or Provide a new folder title in the box below to create a folder of that name.

Give the resource a title to be displayed on the page.

Link to Website

Used to insert bookmark links to external websites

Enter the URL of the website to be bookmarked, and use the drop-down list to select the Resource Folder to place it in, or provide a new folder title.

Give the resource a title to be displayed on the page.

Embed Web Object

Used to embed items such as Flash animations and Digital Learning Objects

Copy the URL of the web object, and paste it into the Source URL textbox. Use the drop-down list to select the Resource Folder to place it in, or provide a new folder title.

Give the resource a title to be displayed on the page. When viewed by the user, these will appear in a pop-up window.

Moving resources between folders 

To change the vertical sequence of folders or files, hover over the name and click on the 'Folder' icon.

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This will open a pop up window, which will enable you to move the Resource to a different folder by selecting it from a dropdown menu .

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Altering resource file or folder attributes

To modify the attributes of a folder or file, hover over the name and click on the 'Edit item' (Pen and Paper) icon.

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At this point the name can be edited and updated by clicking the 'Update' (tick)  icon, or the resources can be deleted permanently by clicking the Trash icon.

In addition, the Resource file or folder can be hidden from veiw from the student by clicking on the 'hide item' icon - this is particularly useful if the teacher wishes to upload all of the resources for a year, but only activate them when the particular topic is being covered.

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Arranging folders and files

Within the Resource module, there is the ability to move the Folders up and down into your preferred order, as well as re-ordering the files within the folder.

To carry this out, click on 'Options' on the top right of the module select 'Resource Options'

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This will open up a pop-up window showing all of the Folders, which can then be re-arranged using a simple 'drag and drop' method (click and hold on the Folder to move, move it to the preferred location, and release).

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To change the arrangement of files within a particular folder,  click on the blue arrow next to the folder.  This will open up a pop-up window showing all of the files within the folder, which can then be re-arranged using the 'drag and drop' method.

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