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How do I upload


a file to OnCourse?

Step-by-step guide


Choice 1:


Browse to locate the file

  1. Login to OnCourse at

  2. Access the course the file should be added to.

  3. Click the "Turn Editing On" button in the top right corner of the screen.

  4. Click the "Add

    a resource drop-down menu in a topic. Select File.
  5. On the Adding a new File page, type a name and description for your file.
  6. Check the Display description on course page box if you want the description to show there. (Note that all new information added in the descriptions field increases the potential “clutter” of your course site)
  7. In the Content box, add and organize the folder content.
  8. Click Create folder to organize your files into sub-folders.
  9. Click Add to upload files from your computer; or select them from repositories in theOnCourse File Picker (see Strategies 2 and 3, later in this doc).
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  10. You may also drag files from your computer, putting them in this box. After you add a file, click to rename or delete.
  11. Choose to Display folder contents, including its sub-folders (a) on a separate page; or (b) inline on the front page of the course. Check the Show sub-folders expanded box if you want the folder to display that way.
  12. Click Save and return to course (to show the course front page) or Save and display (to show only your new folder)

    an activity or resource" link in the topic area to add the file to. 

  13. In the pop-up box choose the File button (close to the bottom) and press Add.

  14. Enter in the file name in the "Name" field.

  15. There are two ways to add a file from this page:

    1. Method 1: Click the "Add" button in the Select files area, and browse to find the file.

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    2. Method 2: Drag the file from your computer and drop it in the Select Files box where it says "You can drag and rop files here to add them."

  16. Press the "Save and return to course" button.

Choice 2: Drag a file onto the course page

  1. Click the "Turn Editing On" button in the top right corner of the screen.
  2. Open the window that contains your file on your computer.
  3. Drag the file to the desired topic/section. The file will take a few seconds to upload.

Strategy 2: Use the Recent Files Location


Strategy 3: Use the Server File Location



  • Why use files? Possibilities include sharing:
    • Note-taking formats
    • Class presentations/slidedecks
    • Draft files of software programs (e.g., Photoshop .psd), for students to edit
  • For important directions involving navigating your course, do not use files requiring downloading. Instead, consider using an OnCourse page.
  • To manage file properties, click a file when adding or editing content or when using your private files to access the file properties.
    • Delete: Click to remove the file from the folder.
    • Download: The file is downloaded to the user's desktop.
    • Name: Type a new name.
    • Choose license: Change the license type from All rights reserved to Public domain or Creative Commons.
    • Path: Use to move to file into a different folder or subfolder.



  1. A blue bar will appear while uploading. Once the bar disappears, the file is added.





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