FoxTALE Faculty: Assignment Grading

Moodle provides an easy way for a teacher to present materials to their students such as word-processed documents or slideshow presentations. All types of files can be uploaded and accessed through Moodle, but the student needs to have the correct software to be able to open them.  

Uploading a file creates an electronic copy of the file stored within FoxTALE.  This guide explains two procedures for uploading files.  

  • Electronic copies stored on FoxTALE cannot be edited in FoxTALE.  Any changes needed would require an updated copy to be uploaded.
  • Suggestions to improve accessibility for students:
    • use searchable text (i.e. do not use photocopied images)
    • include alternative text for images (i.e. provide adequate description for screen readers)
    • use the formatting tools in your word processing program to organize content for more effective use by screen readers (e.g. headings, bullets, lists, etc.)
    • include detailed descriptions when you use tables and charts
    • use high contrast between text and background to make more readable
  • You can also store course files in Google Drive and share links to those files in FoxTALE.  In that case, you would Add a URL.
Table of Contents
  • Quick Method - Drag and Drop
  • Browsing Method with more Options 

See the video, Uploading Files, for a demonstration of both methods.

Quick Method - Drag and Drop     

This is the quickest and easiest way to upload a file to your course home page.

  1. Log in to FoxTALE, and open the course.
  2. Go to Administration>Turn editing on

Administration Block

  1. Drag the file from your computer to the course topic or week section where you wish to display the file and let go as shown here.
  2. Drag and Drop Method

Browsing Method with more options

  1. Log in to FoxTALE, and enter the course.
  1. Turn editing on. Under the course topic or week where you wish to upload the file, select Add an activity or resource > File.  
    Add an Activity or Resource Block 
  1. You’ll see a screen for entering information about the file.  Enter a Name for the file; this is the name students will see on the course home page (not the file name).  Enter a Description.  (Any field with a red asterisk is a required field.)
  2. If you’d like the Description to show on the course home page under the Name, check the optional box for Display description on course page.  Otherwise, students will see the Description when they click Resources in the Activities block to view a list of course resources.
  3. In the Content area, click the Add button or use the Drag and Drop feature. If using Drag and Drop, skip steps 6-8 and go straight to step 9.
    Drag and Drop into the Content Area
  4. In the File Picker screen, click Upload a file on the left.  
    Uploading a File
  5. Click the Browse button on the right.  Locate the file on your computer or other location, and click Open.  
  6. Back on the File Picker screen, click Upload this file.  Note that you may type an alternate file name in the Save as field if you prefer for the file name to be different than its original name.
    1. If you need to rename, delete, or perform other actions on this file, you may click on the file name/icon to access a window to Download, Set Main File, Rename, Move, or Delete this file.
      Editing the File you Uploaded
  7. You may add multiple files if you wish. To select the file to be opened when the students click the link on the course home page, click on the file name and choose Set main file. Click Update after making any changes.
        Uploading Multiple Files
  8. In the Display setting in the Appearance section, you choose how you want the browser to open the file.  We recommend Force download.  For PDF files in particular, students sometimes have difficulty opening them, so Force download is helpful to students.

        Force Download Selection

  1. Visible - Under Common module settings set the visibility to Show or Hide to show or hide this file to students. Clicking the eyeball icon on the homepage is the same as setting the Visible setting.
  2. Click Save and return to course or Save and display at the bottom.  

You’ll see the file listed on the course home page.  The example below shows a syllabus.  If you checked the box to show the description, as in this example, then you’ll also see the description that you wrote.  Students will be able to open or download the file.  (They should add an exception to pop-up blockers for the FoxTALE web site.)

File Example     
In the event that students have difficulty downloading files, they may right click (<Ctrl><Click> on a Mac) the file link and select Save Link As... or Save Target As…, enter a path, and save the file to the location of their choice.

Regarding File Size

In order for the FoxTALE database to remain responsive, the maximum upload per file is 50MB. Powerpoint presentations can become very large if there are many images and/or videos. We recommend students host their presentation of their Google Drive and share with their professor, providing the link to their assignment of FoxTALE. All student and employee Google Drives have unlimited storage.

PowerPoint presentations can be uploaded to Google Drive and remain in the original format or convert to Google Slides. Converting to Google Slides allows for easy online presentation. From either format you can share it with your professor and provide a link for access.

You can also reduce or compress the size of your images in PowerPoint to get the presentation size below the maximum. Microsoft provides some instruction for this but you’ll want to be aware of your version of PowerPoint. You can also use the help feature built into your PowerPoint program.

On a Mac

PowerPoint Help on Mac

On Windows - look for the Help icon ? in the upper right.

PowerPoint Help on Windows

Just type the word “Size” in the search box and you will get several responses.

Locating Sizing Options in PowerPoint

More Help on Microsoft’s Office Support Site.

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