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Converting PDFs to a ‘Page’ resource in QMplus

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This is an extremely useful option that allows teachers to store their lecture materials as editable Pages on QMplus. It also allows them to create richer content than PDFs normally allow, through embedding video into the Page resource, etc after importing them. Lecture materials can no longer be made of only static text and images, but become more dynamic with RSS feeds included in them, video as well as audio commentary etc.

This is especially useful to create resources for courses that prefer a module based structure and use the ‘Book Resource’. The Book Resource allows us to import multiple PDF/HTML files as individual chapters. Also, embedded media in the PDFs get uploaded and embedded in the Page Resource automatically if we import via HTML – this cuts back the use of manual uploading and linking in the doc.

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The simple steps to do this are:

  1. Open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat.
  2. ‘Save as’ the opened PDF as HTML in Acrobat.
  3. Repeat process if other PDFs are to be converted to HTML for importing.
  4. Open the HTML version of the PDF that was created using Acrobat, and make any changes to layout in MS Word or any other HTML editor of your choice (Adobe Dreamweaver for advanced customisation etc.) Save changes made to HTML file.
  5. ‘Zip’ the HTML files along with their folders (HTML files that contain embedded images will have a separate folder to hold the images always) so that they can be imported. [Each PDF = Each HTML = Each chapter of a Book. So if you .zip up 4 HTML files for instance and call that zipped folder Week 1, you can import this zipped folder as a whole into QMplus’ Book Resource and the 4 HTML files will import as the 4 Chapters of the Book.]
  6. Log into QMplus, go into course of your choosing, turn editing on, create a Book resource, click and open the newly created Book resource.
  7. From the left hand navigation under Settings of the Book resource, select > “Import chapter” and select the zipped folder containing the HTML files to be imported as chapters, and that is it.

N.B – When saving the PDFs as HTML through Acrobat give the HTML files single word names. ‘Randomly named file’.html should be saved simply as ‘Random’.html Longer file names that contain [spaces], & and other illegal characters do not get imported properly into QMplus. If your images are not importing properly into the Chapter/Page then this is the most probable reason.

Did this answer your query? If not, you can raise a ticket on the online Helpdesk or email: its-helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk . Alternatively you can also request a particular guide or highlight an error in this guide using our guides request tracker.

Produced by the the E-Learning Unit at Queen Mary University of London.
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