How to upload a file

This is probably the most boring blog entry I will ever write. Or at least I hope it is.

The university’s content management / e-learning / blended learning platform is clunky at best, and although I wouldn’t deny that it offers some useful functionality, it is positively user-hostile when it comes to pretty simple tasks such as uploading files. Here is the procedure, which I have moaned about on numerous occasions, most recently today….

  1. Log in to the e-learning platform
  2. Click on “Content management”
  3. Click on “Course management”
  4. Click on “Course manager”
  5. Enter search term in the box, or look under “My content”
  6. Select course (checkbox)
  7. Click on “Edit”
  8. Click on “Contents”
  9. Select the folder you want to upload your file to (checkbox)
  10. Click on “Create”
  11. Prompt: Please choose element type
  12. Select “Content”
  13. Click “OK”
  14. Prompt: Where do you want to paste the components?
  15. Select before, after or in the hierarchy below the selected element
  16. Click “OK”
  17. Prompt: Please choose a category
  18. Select from animation, audio, CBT or twelve other categories
  19. Click “OK”
  20. Prompt: Please choose a language
  21. Select from English (US), English (GB), German etc. (note: only German offers full functionality so it’s not worth choosing anything else!)
  22. Click “OK”
  23. New popup window: Type in title of file and name of creator (these are mandatory, other fields may also be filled in)
  24. Click on “Upload” and select the file you want by the usual route – clickety-click-click
  25. Click “OK”
  26. Another new popup window appears with the  prompt: File successfully uploaded
  27. Click “OK” – second popup window closes
  28. Click on “Save” – first popup window closes
  29. Prompt: Your changes have been saved successfully. Would you like to go to the Release Manager now?
  30. Click “No” (note: I’m not even sure what the Release Manager is, only that I’ve never experienced the need to go there)
  31. Hey presto, your file now appears in the place you wanted to insert it
  32. AND NOW……. repeat stages 9-31 to upload another file to the same folder, or – deep joy – go a few steps further back still if you want to add a file to a different course
  33. BUT DO NOT FORGET TO CLICK ON “SAVE” BEFORE EXITING ANY GIVEN COURSE, OR ALL THIS WILL HAVE BEEN IN VAIN!

Today I uploaded 22 audio files to one folder for one course. It took me over half an hour.

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3 responses to “How to upload a file

  1. Sounds like our website CMS. Called Typo3, I’m sure it’s designed by Linux geeks for Linux geeks with no idea about common sense and usability. As a result, you can’t just use it, you have to be shown HOW to use it, the most unintuitive piece of software I’ve ever used. (Other than SAP, obviously).

    Maybe if I grew a full beard, bought some corduroy trousers and sandals – and started drinking real ale, I’d be OK.

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  3. annehodg

    Oh, ugh.
    And I thought Moodle was clunky.
    What drives me nuts is when I want to upload one file to several courses and I can’t just upload it once and embed a link someplace (the way you do with WordPress or similar software) but actually have to upload it separately for every course. What a waste of storage space. And of course you have to go through all those steps, too.
    I’m square-eyed and have got the sandals already, but maybe I should try growing a beard too, Simon ;-)

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