In previous blog posts, we have introduced some of the features under the "Add a resource" menu. This blog post will expand your understanding of the menu and will provide some suggestions on potential uses of the options.
To begin with, make sure that editing mode in Moodle has been enabled. This will make sure that you will have the "Add a resource" menu visible.
Now, we will take a look at what each option has to offer.
1: Insert a label
The "Insert a label" option lets you insert a label. In other words, you will be able to put a title, under which you will be able to post other information. Labeling is good because it ensures easier comprehension and eliminates miscommunication. For instance, you can create labels for "Today in class", "Suggested readings", etc. and post links, files, etc. under them.
Here is an example of how you could organize a day/lesson in your Moodle class:
2: Add a lightbox gallery
This option has been covered in a previous blog-post. Please check the LINK for more information.
3: Compose a text page
The text page lets you post simple text (without formatting). If you think that you would like to use formatting options, you should probably consider the "compose a web page" option.
4: Compose a web page
The web page lets you post text with the options to format the text, include links, colors, emoticons, insert images, etc.
5: Link to a file or website
Deeming from the name, you could guess that this option will link a title to a file that you have on Moodle or to one that you have found online. When you go the option, you will see the field where you have to browse the destination of the file.
If it is just a link, all you have to do is plug in the link in the field and proceed to clicking on the Save button at the bottom of the page.
If you would like to make a link to a file that you have on Moodle, you should click on the "Choose or upload a file" button that will enable you to locate the file. In the new window that will open (you can see a sample below), click on the "Choose" button next to the file. After clicking on the "Choose" button, you will be automatically redirected back to the original page. Go to the bottom of the original page and save it.
If you would like to upload a file from your computer, you should click on the "Choose or upload a file" button. In the new window that will open (looks similar to the image above), you will see an "Upload a file" button in the bottom right corner. Click on it, locate the file, and upload the file. You will be redirected back to the original page. Scroll down to the bottom of it, and click on the Save button.
6: Display a directory
You could create folders in Moodle and have them displayed. For example, you can create a folder with all of the readings for the class and post it on the main page. Then you can tell students to go to the folder and find particular readings. You could also gather various materials and put them in a folder. The directory is just means of organization.
The "Display a directory" option lets you link a folder that you already have on the main page. If you do not have a folder and would like to make one, you could check THIS blog-post.