Resources: Overview

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 web sites.

You can organize your Resources items into folders, and you can control which groups or types of users can access and add to different folders.

You can also show or hide an item at any time, and set a start and/or end time for its availability.

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 Uploading files to Resources or Drop Box using WebDAV with Windows, Uploading files to Resources or Drop Box using WebDAV with AnyClient, or Uploading files to Resources or Drop Box using WebDAV with Mac OS X.

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, and/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.

Things to consider

Help documentation

For help documentation about the Resources tool, see Resources.