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Uploading Files to the Content Area in D2L

​Uploading Files from Your Computer

D2L allows you to share share files with your students in the Content area. Common file types like PDF, DOC, DOCX, PPT, and PPTX are displayed within a document viewer in the Content area, and students also have the option to download them. Students will need to download other types of files before they can view them.

Please know that you must first create a module before you can add files in the Content area. 

  1. Go to the module in which you want to add the file in your course site's Content area.
  2. Click the (A) blue Upload/Create button, then select (B) Upload Files from the dropdown menu. After you select this option, The Add a File pop-up window will open.
    content_upload-file
  3. Click the Upload button to locate the file on your computer, or drag the file from your computer's desktop and drop it within the dotted box.
  4. Click the Add button at the bottom of the window. The file will now appear as a link within the module or submodule.
    content_upload-add-button

Note: You can select more than one file at a time in step 3. This will save time if you're uploading multiple files at once.

 

Uploading Files from Google Drive

You can upload files from your Google Drive that live directly in your D2L course. Any changes you make to the document in Google are pushed instantaneously to the live version course. Note: You must have a Google account to use this feature. 
  1. Go to the module in which you want to add the file in your course site's Content area.
  2. Click the Existing Activities button, then select Google Drive from the dropdown menu. The first time you select this option, you will need to log into your Google account.
    select Google Drive from Existing Activities dropdown
  3. From the Add Activity window, select the file you want to insert into your course.​
    Select the file from Google Drive

    Note: If your file is not publicly viewable, a notification that says "This file is private" will appear. Next to this, a checkbox says "Change permissions so that anyone with a link can view." If you uncheck this box, students will not be able to view the file.

  4. Click Select
  5. Your file is now embedded in your course.
Note: If your file is set to "Anyone with the link can view," your students will only be able to view the document. If it is set to "Anyone with the link can edit," students will be able to make changes to the document (i.e., a sign-up sheet).

​Uploading Files from Microsoft OneDrive

You can upload files from Microsoft OneDrive that create a live link to the Microsoft Web version.. Any changes you make to the document in Microsoft are pushed instantaneously to the live link in the course. Note: You must have a Microsoft account to use this feature, however, your DePaul email address will not work.
  1. ​Go to the module in which you want to add the file in your course site's Content area.
  2. Click the Existing Activities button, then select OneDrive from the dropdown menu. The first time you select this option, you will need to log into your Microsoft account and allow D2L (Brightspace) access to your account.
    Select OneDrive from the Existing Activities dropdown
  3. From the Add Activity window, select the file you want to insert into your course.​
    Select the file in OneDrive
  4. Click Select
  5. Your file is now linked in your course.
  6. Note: By default, files are set to "Read Only." If you want students to be able to makes changes to the file, 

NEXT STEPS

You might need to reorganize your files within the Content area after you've added them. View the Reordering Modules and Topics guide for more information.​​​​​

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