Dealing with files

Accessing Course Materials

Course Content can be presented in a variety of forms. The most common forms of content used in Moodle are:

  • pdf files
  • microsoft office files
  • external website links
  • internal webpages
PDF Files

In order to view pdf files you will need to have Adobe Reader on your computer. This program can be downloaded for free from the Adobe website. Click here to go to the Adobe site. Once you have the reader on your computer you will be able to view the pdf files in your course. These files can be printed or saved using the icons provided.

Microsoft Office Files

Doc files and PPT files are two examples of Microsoft Office files. They are probably the most commonly used files in Moodle however you may encounter .rtf, .xls, etc. In order to view Microsoft Office files you need to have the required program on your machine. For example if you are trying to access a doc file you will need to have Word on your machine in order for it to open. Because these files open with the specific program a copy of the file will be downloaded to your computer when you click on the link in Moodle. You will then be given the option to Save to Disk or Open the file.
Important Note: The 2007 and 2010 Microsoft Office suites automatically add an 'x' to the file extension of all files. So .doc files will be .docx files. These files will only open in Office 2007 and Office 2010. You can install the Compatibility Pack for 2007 to allow Office 2003 to open .docx files.

External and Internal Webpages

External links will take you to webpages outside of Moodle. To access these pages just click on the link. You may also encounter internal webpages. These are pages that your instructor has created inside of Moodle. Again clicking on the link will give you access to the content.

It is possible that your course will utilize streaming media (such as video or audio) files or Adobe Presenter (narrated lectures) files. These are normally attached to the course as linked files. Clicking on the link will give you access to this content. For these types of files to display correctly, you will need to install the latest Adobe Flash Player on your computer. Click here for the free Adobe Flash Player download.


For more information please visit these sections of the ISU Student Guide to Moodle (Guide within Moodle):

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