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 activity 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 3 tabs where one can adjust different settings.

  • Activity
  • Settings
  • History




Within the "Activity Tab":

  1. The activity title will appear and can be adjusted
  2. Add a thumbnail
  3. Content is selected as a "Course resource"
  4. Add activity instructions
  5. Add additional attachments that students might need to go with the file attachment
  6. 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 "Settings" tab adjust:

  1. "Activity settings"
  2. "Gradebook and submission" details
  3. "Objective mastery" details
  4. "Visibility and access" details
  5. "Badges"
  6. Or enable "Advanced gradebook options"
  7. "Metadata"
  8. Or enable "Advanced activity options"


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





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



Echo is constantly being improved based on the feedback from users and we strive to keep our documentation up to date.  If this document doesn’t match what you are seeing in Echo, please let us know.

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