ARCHIVED: Oncourse Resources: Overview

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What it does

Using the Resources tool, you can share many kinds of material securely with members of your site, or make them available to the public. You also have your own private Resources area in your My Workspace.

You can upload files (e.g., word processing documents, spreadsheets, slide presentations, and videos), as well as create and post HTML (web) pages and simple text documents, and share links to useful websites.

Key concepts

Viewing items: When you click Resources in a site's menubar, you will see a list of that site's Resources items. Click the title of an item to open it.

To view the contents of a folder, click the folder's name to enter it, or click the folder icon to expand its contents in the list. To expand or collapse all folders, at the top, next to "Title", click the black double arrow.

You can sort items by title, size, resource creator, and last modified date. Site leaders can customize the order in which items appear.

Adding items: To add an item, from the Add menu next to the folder where you want to store the item, choose the type of item to add.

Organizing items: Site leaders can organize items into folders and subfolders, and customize the order in which items appear. To reorder items, from the Actions menu, select Reorder.

Sharing resources: Each item is available via a URL, which you can share with site participants.

Drag and drop: You can drag and drop files to and from your desktop using WebDAV. For more information, see ARCHIVED: Using Windows, how do I use WebDAV to download files from my Oncourse Resources or Drop Box?, ARCHIVED: Using WebDAV with AnyClient to download files from Resources or Drop Box, or ARCHIVED: Using Mac OS X, how do I use WebDAV to download files from my Oncourse Resources or Drop Box?.

Group spaces: You can share items with pre-defined groups, which gives you more control over who has access to Resources items.

Controlling access: Using the Permissions feature, site owners can control which types of users can read, post, revise, or delete files in specific folders. Site owners and instructors can make a resource available to anyone by choosing to post it with the "public view" setting checked. You can also show or hide an item at any time, and set a start and/or end time for its availability.

.zip files: You can upload a .zip file and extract its contents, or compress an existing Resource folder into a new .zip archive.

Things to consider

  • Many classes post weekly readings in their Resources. These can include links to websites as well as other kinds of documents, like Adobe PDF files. Some classes also post presentations or slides used in lectures.
  • By setting folder permissions, a large collaboration site can use one folder in Resources as a space to archive important documents, and allow only certain site participants to modify those documents.
  • You can use the Check Quota button to see the site quota and how much space is currently being used.
  • Make sure you know the laws and policies regarding the use of copyrighted material. See Post copyrighted materials online.

Help documentation

For help documentation about the Resources tool, see ARCHIVED: Resources.

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Last modified on 2018-01-18 14:13:41.