Overview

This article explores the different resource types within Learning Space and how to use them.


Contents


Files

Files are downloadable items used for distributing content such as lecture notes, handouts and safety forms. The icon representing a file will vary depending on the file type, the file size is also included.

A selection of file icons including Word and PDF.

It is recommended that you also include more information about a particular file by including a description to give the resource context for the user. Descriptions are also useful for pointing students from specific groups to relevant files.

A selection of file icons with an additional description.

To download a file, simple click the files title on the right hand side of the icon and look in your downloads folder on your device to find the file.


Note iconNote: Original file formats such as Word's .docx and PowerPoint's .pptx offer increasingly rich built-in accessibility features to ensure that documents are accessible to the widest range of users. With this in mind, we recommend uploading module material in their original formats instead of PDFs. As Ally lists PDF as an alternative format for download, this means that a PDF version of the resource will also be available for the user, if required.


Folders

Folders are used for storing a collection of similar files. Students can choose to download the entire folder or just the individual files that they need.

An example of a collapsed folder.

Folders can be either collapsed or expanded. To view the contents of a collapsed folder, simply click on the title of the folder on the right hand side of the icon which will take you to a new page with the contents expanded.

An example of an expanded folder.

To download individual files simply click the title of the files you require. To download the entire folder, look for the 'Download folder' button as shown below - note some staff choose to not let students download the entire folder and the button will not be visible.

An example of downloading a folder by clicking the "Download folder" button.


Audio 

There are 3 ways to identify an audio file:

1. The headphone icon that once clicked will download the file.

Audio file link and icon example.

2. A hyperlink that once clicked will play the audio in another tab.

Note iconNote: It is not always clear if a link is an audio file as 'AUDIO' is usually omitted from the title.

Audio link example.

3. A audio player that once clicked will play the audio in the same tab.

Audio player within Learning Space.


Videos

There are 3 ways to identify an video file:

1. The cinema reel icon that once clicked will download the file.

Example of a video link with icon.

2. A hyperlink that once clicked will play the video in another tab - note it is not always clear if a link is an video file as 'Video' is usually omitted from the title.

Example of a video link.

3. A video player that once clicked will play the video in the same tab.

Example of the video player in Learning Space.

URLs

URLs are links to other pieces of content on the internet including videos, websites and more.

There are 2 ways to identify a URL:

1. The globe on paper icon that once clicked will take the user to the specified URL.

An example web link (URL) with icon.

2. A hyperlink that once clicked will take the user to the specified URL.

Example of a web link (URL).

Note iconNote: It is not always clear to the user if a hyperlink is a link to video, audio or a website. Providing a description to the URL link in the settings section of the resource will add more clarity about the link for the user.


Further support

For further support on Learning Space, or to report any issues with this guide, please get in touch with the Digital Learning Team via dlsupport@falmouth.ac.uk. Alternatively, please refer to the numerous help guides found on our Knowledge Base


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