What is a file attachment and how do I add one to my course?

What is a File Attachment?

An attachment can be a picture, a word document, a movie, a sound file, an excel document, or any other file that requires another program to open it.


How do I add a file attachment to my course?


From the homepage, click the "Editor" icon located on the course that needs a file attachment added to it.


Click the "+Add to..." link.


Click "FIle Attachment".


When adding a "File Attachment" there are 2 steps.

  1. Give the actiivty a title
  2. Choose the file that needs to be uploaded

Once these steps are done click "OK".


Now the File Attachment activity shows within the "Editor tool" of the course.

There are more settings that can be adjusted within this activity.

To begin adjusting these settings click the "Editor" icon located next to the "File Attachment".


Within the "Editor tool" for this activity there are 6 tabs where one can adjust different settings.

  • Activity
  • Data
  • Objectives
  • Gradebook
  • Navigation
  • History




Within the "Activity Tab":

  • Title will show up, because it was added with the file attachment in the previous step
  • Content is selected as a "Course resource"
  • Add additional attachments that students might need to go with the file attachment
  • Add instructor notes to students
  • Select a specific group of students to assign the activity to

Note: Student groups must be set up before assigning this activity to a specific group of students.





 Within the "Data" tab add a thumbail, Metadata description or CRA and IAKT activities.




WIthin the "Objectives" tab select objectives that align with the file attachment.

Note: Objectives must be imported into the course prior to adjusting this setting for a file attachment.




Within the Gradebook tab select:

  • Enable gradebook settings (if desired)
  • Gradable
  • Due date

Note: Gradebook settings are usually not enabled for a file attachment. File attachments are usually used for a document that is to be read or paired with another assignment.


1. Within the "Gradable" category select:

  • "Include" from the "Category" drop down menu
  • The learning outcome and its weight for this activity
  • Enable student dropbox
  • Choose groups of students to view file attachment
  • A passing score
  • Minumum points possible
  • If the score from this attached file: will have visibility restricted by date, can be dropped, will be included in final grade, requires a passing score for course credit, if an unscored assessment will be a zero.


2. Within the "Due Date" category select:

  • A due date and time
  • Allow late sumbissions if desired





Once the file attachment has been accessed, history will show up in the "History" tab.

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