Technology Enhanced Learning Team


Uploading a file

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One of the most common uses of QMplus is to share files with students. Most file formats can be uploaded including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel along with file types such as PDF and JPEG.

Drag and drop files onto your course page

The easiest way to upload a file to your QMplus course area is via drag and drop. All you need to do is drag the files from your computer desktop onto the place in your course area where you wish them to appear.

  1. Turn editing on in your course area
  2. Go to the topic where you want to add your files
  3. If you are using “collapsed topics” ensure that the topic is “open” by clicking on the topic title if necessary 

Select the required file(s) on your computer desktop and drag them onto the topic. You can drag and drop more than one file at once.

A dotted line will appear showing you where your files will appear when they are uploaded. If it is in the right place, drop the files.

Your files will start to upload, progress bars will show you the status of the upload. QMplus will attempt to associate the appropriate icon with the file type, in this case the files are PDFs. 

By default, the title of the files will be the name of the file. You can click on the pencil icon to change the title if required, or click on the “Edit” menu to change other file attributes. You’ll notice that in this case the file size is being displayed. This is something you can set through the file attributes.

Course pages with long lists of files can be difficult for students to navigate. Have a look at some tips if you have a course area with lots of files in it.

Using the filepicker to upload a file

If you are not able to use drag and drop to upload your files, e.g. if you are on a mobile device, you can use the file picker to upload files instead. This is more laborious than the drag and drop method.

  1. Turn editing on in your course area
  2. Go to the topic where you want to add your files
  3. If you are using “collapsed topics” ensure that the topic is “open” by clicking on the topic title if necessary
  4. Click on “Add an Activity or Resource

  1. Scroll down and select “File” from near the bottom of the list, then click “Add” (or double-click the file icon) 
  2. Give your resource a name. This will be the name that is displayed on your course page. The description is optional but can be useful if you need to give your students further guidance on what the file is for.
  3. You can drag and drop a file into this area to upload it 
  4. Clicking on the icon named ‘upload a file‘ will take you to the file picker to select the file you want to upload

  1. Selecting “Upload a file” from the menu will allow you to upload a file from your computer
  2. Click on the choose button to browse for the file you want to upload

You will notice that there is also an icon on the bottom for Dropbox. If you are a Dropbox user, you can upload files to QMplus from your Dropbox account by clicking on this icon.

Tips for files

Topics full of long lists of files can make your course home page very long and difficult for students to find what they are looking for. You can make it easier for your students by:

  1. Putting related files into folders
  2. Breaking up long lists of files with labels

Also, remember that students will have to have software installed to be able to open the files that you put on QMplus. If you upload a Microsoft Word file, they will have to have software which can open Word documents.

You could also consider using resource types such as a Page or a Book to distribute information to your students. These have the advantages of:

  1. Being able to be viewed in a web browser without any software being required
  2. Being editable on QMplus through a browser. Changes to files require that the file is downloaded, edited and then re-uploaded

You can view a case study from the School of Medicine and Dentistry which explains why they use books for many of their learning resources.


Next steps

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

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