This article explores the different resource types within Learning Space and how to use them.
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.
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.
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: 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 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.
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.
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.
There are 3 ways to identify an audio file:
1. The headphone icon that once clicked will download the file.
2. A hyperlink that once clicked will play the audio in another tab.
Note: It is not always clear if a link is an audio file as 'AUDIO' is usually omitted from the title.
3. A audio player that once clicked will play the audio in the same tab.
There are 3 ways to identify a video file:
1. The cinema reel icon that once clicked will download the file.
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.
3. A video player that once clicked will play the video in the same tab. You may also see embedded video, that can be played in situ.
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.
2. A hyperlink that once clicked will take the user to the specified URL.
Note: 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.
For further support on Learning Space, or to report any issues with this guide, please get in touch with the Digital Learning Team via firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, please refer to the numerous help guides found on our Knowledge Base.