Resources are used to share content such as files, links, pages and other formats, within the course. UR Courses supports a range of resource types which instructors can use in a vareity of ways within their courses.

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The following resource types are currently available.

Book resource

The Book module enables an instructor to create a multi-page resource in a book-like format, with chapters and sub-chapters. Books can contain media files as well as text and are useful for displaying lengthy passages of information which can be broken down into sections as well as providing a linear path for progression through chapters..

A book may be used for a variety of things, such as:

  • To display reading material for individual modules of study
  • As a course handbook
  • As a showcase portfolio of student work

The Table of Contents on the top left of book pages provides easy navigation between chapters and sub-chapters and the arrows on the top and bottom right of the page allow linear navigation within the book.

Books are easy to edit and are stored online, meaning the file is accessible from anywhere and can be read in a browser without downloading a file. The contents can, however, be printed to a PDF .

To create a Book:

  1. Open the course and Turn editing on.
  2. Click Add a resource in the desired section and select the Book activity from the menu.
  3. Enter a Name for the book and a brief summary.
  4. Put a check mark on description to be on the course page for the description to show on the main course page.
  5. Organize the book in the Chapter Formatting drop down menu by selecting None, Numbers, Bullets or Indented.
  6. Put a check mark on Custom titles to create your own or rely on the generated Chapter Number convention.
  7. Select Save changes.

To add the first chapter to the book:

  1. Locate the book and click on the Book’s title to access it.
  2. If no chapters have yet been added, users are redirected to the Add a Chapter page automatically. If a chapter already exists, users will be taken to the first page of the first chapter.
  3. On the Add a Chapter page, enter a Chapter Title.
  4. Enter text in Content area (when pasting from Word, it’s recommended to click on the Paste from Word button.
  5. When finished, select Save changes.

To add additional chapters:

  1. Click Turn editing on.
  2. Locate the book and click on the Book’s title to access it.
  3. The Table of Contents appears at the top of the left sidebar column
  4. Use the Plus symbol icon to add chapters/subchapters in the desired locations.
  5. On the Add a Chapter page, enter a Chapter Title.
  6. Put a checkmark on Subchapter if the page is a subchapter.
  7. Enter or copy and paste text into the Content area.
  8. Select Save changes

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File resource

The File module enables an instructor to provide a file as a course resource. Where possible, the file will be displayed within the course interface; otherwise students will be prompted to download it. The file may include supporting files, for example an HTML page may have embedded images or Flash objects.

Note that students need to have the appropriate software on their computers in order to open the file (i.e., Word, Excel, Quicktime).

A file may be used

  • To share presentations given in class
  • To include a mini website as a course resource
  • To provide draft files of certain software programs (eg Photoshop .psd) so students can edit and submit them for assessment
  • To share audio files for recordings of lectures or sounds relevant to the course

Please ensure that you have copyright ownership or clearance for any files you provide to students through UR Courses.

Folder resource

The Folder module enables an instructor to display a number of related files inside a single folder, reducing scrolling on the course page. A zipped folder may be uploaded and unzipped for display, or an empty folder created and files uploaded into it.

A folder may be used

  • For a series of files on one topic, for example a set of past examination papers in pdf format or a collection of image files for use in student projects
  • To provide a shared uploading space for instructors on the course page (keeping the folder hidden so that only instructors can see it)

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Label resource

The Label module enables text and multimedia to be inserted into the course page in between links to other resources and activities. Labels are very versatile and can help to improve the appearance of a course if used thoughtfully.

Labels may be used

  • To split up a long list of activities with a subheading or an image
  • To display an embedded sound file or video directly on the course page
  • To add a short description to a course section

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Media (Pilot) resource recently added

The Media resource allows you to add media to your course by uploading video, audio, images, or making a recording from your webcam. All content is stored on a local Kaltura CE server hosted on-campus. This ensures that files are stored safely and subject to regular backup procedures and is not publicly available as media from other sources may be.

If you would like access to the Media resource within your course, please contact to be given access to the pilot integration.

Refer to the Kaltura Media resource guide for additional documentation on working with the Media resource.

Page resource

The Page module enables an instructor to create web page resources using the text editor. A page can display text, images, sound, video, web links, embedded code - such as Google maps, etc.

Advantages of using the page module rather than the file module include the resource being more accessible (for example to users of mobile devices) and easier to update as it is stored right in the course and does not require downloading to change..

For large amounts of content, it's recommended that a book is used rather than a page, because books have navigation and allow for sub-chapters.

A page may be used for a variety of things, such as:

  • To present the terms and conditions of a course or a summary of the course syllabus
  • To embed several videos or sound files together with some explanatory text
  • To embed maps or other multimedia, such as resources from the publisher
  • To give a unit overview

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URL resource

The URL module enables an instructor to provide a web link as a course resource. Anything that is freely available online, such as documents, videos, journal articles, or images, can be linked to; the URL doesn’t have to be the home page of a website. The URL of a particular web page may be copied and pasted.

There are a number of display options for the URL, such as embedded or opening in a new window and advanced options for passing information, such as a student's name, to the URL if required.

Note that URLs can also be added to any other resource or activity type through the text editor.

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