Adding a link to a resource in a page
Enable Java on your computer
Find the Java Control Panel on Windows
Use search to find the Control Panel
Press Windows logo key + W to open the Search charm to search settings
In the search box enter Java Control Panel
Click on the Java icon to open the Java Control Panel.
Click on the Start button and then click on the Control Panel option.
Double click on the Java icon to open the Java Control Panel.
Find the Java Control Panel on Mac
Launch the Java Control Panel on Mac OS X (10.7.3 and above)
Click on Apple icon on upper left of screen.
Go to System Preferences
Click on the Java icon to access the Java Control Panel.
Change Security settings:
Security tab: Allows you to configure various settings related to security such as grant permissions to content, alert users about site certificates, enable trusted publishers and blacklist revocation checks.
How to Enable Java on your browser
Compression PDF File
Using Online Tools: SmallPDF (http://smallpdf.com)
Once the compression is complete, the website will send you the new file.
Using Macintosh Preview
Using the Adobe Acrobat “PDF Optimizer” Command
PDF Optimizer provides finer control for reducing the size of PDF files. For most users, the default settings will provide the best reduction in file size. Optimizer saves space by removing embedded and duplicate fonts, compressing images, and removing items from the file that are no longer needed.
Click the “Audit space usage” button to see a breakdown of what is taking up space in your PDF file. This will allow you to see if your images are making the file too big, or if your embedded fonts are inflating the size. Each aspect of your PDF will be rated by bytes and percentage of total size.
Adjust your settings. Leave as default, or fine-tune your settings as needed. You can switch to different aspects of your PDF (Images, Font, Transparency, etc.) by using the menu on the left side of the window. You can choose to not optimize specific aspects by unchecking the boxes next to each menu item. This can be useful if you want to optimize the text but leave the images unaltered.
When optimizing images, you can change color images to grayscale, compress, downsample, and lower the quality. Compression of images can result in poor quality that is not suitable for printed materials. Always check the quality of your optimization before committing to saving the changes.
When optimizing fonts, unembed fonts that you know all of your readers will have. For example, if you are sending the PDF to people at your school, they most likely will all be using the same system to read it, so those fonts do not need to be embedded.
Use the “Save as” in Adobe Acrobat and in Microsoft Word
Reduce Microsoft Word and PowerPoint Document File Size
If you created a Microsoft Word or PowerPoint documents but have realized that it is too large to be shared by email; or you’re low on disk space; or even can’t upload it to Moodle, don't fret! Follow this guide to get your document file size compressed.
People like to use copy and paste to add graphics into a document. The feature is effortless, but it’s not efficient as the pasted image is a bitmap file. The differences in file sizes can be astounding especially if you’re using a file format such as JPG as your source.
Choose E-mail (96 ppi) output
Inside your document, click one of your picture, you will see a tab “Format Picture” appears at the toolbar area. Click the “Compress” button on the “Format Picture” tab; select the “Best for sending in e-mail (96 ppi) from the “Picture Quality” dropdown menu; tick the “Remove cropped picture regions” checkbox; and select the “(Apply to) All picture in this file” radio button. Then, click “OK”. This would change all the pictures used in your document to an optimal size.
When you insert an image or a media file, you have the option to insert it either as an embedded object or as a linked file. Insert > Photo/Audio/Movie > Photo/Audio/Movie from File.. > Select the file you want to insert; tick the “Link to File” checkbox.
By inserting it as a linked file means it will not become a part of the final document file. But you should always make sure that the linked file is with you and in the computer where you will open the document. Otherwise, the hyperlink won’t work.
Turn off Preview Picture
The preview picture is the thumbnail of the document’s first page. This thumbnail shows in the Details section of Windows Explorer when you highlight the file. Usually, this isn’t an issue unless your first page displays a graphic.
Save your document a second time
Open your document, go to File > Save As… and give it another name. Then click “Save”.
Doing this you will have a second document that often is smaller than the original copy. This is because Microsoft Document usually stores lots of redundant information such as earlier drafts and previous used images. Once you save it as another file, the unnecessary redundant information would be purged.
Reduce image file sizes
The best and easiest from Google: https://squoosh.app/
Grade Me block
Reset a course
Resetting your course can be useful between lots of students to purge out old user data so that the course is fresh. Of course there are times when you wish to keep old user data (like previous forum posts for students to build on) so be careful using this feature.
If you're using weekly format (rather than topics format) this can be a good place to change the course start date so that the weeks display properly for the new semester. Be careful deleting anything else in this section unless you're really sure.
Activities - Turnitin Assignment
Creates a Turnitin Moodle Direct assignment which links an activity in Moodle to an assignment / assignments on Turnitin. Once linked, the activity allows instructors to access and provide feedback for student's written work using the assessment tools available within Turnitin's Document Viewer.
Walkthrough video: https://vimeo.com/203368521
Once you have selected all of the required options click 'Save and Display' to be directed to the Summary screen where you will see options to configure each assignment part in more detail.
After completion of the assignment settings the 'Summary' page gives you the opportunity update the assignment parts and balance the grades awarded for each part as a proportion of the overall grade. The edit the dates and grades awarded for each part click the pencil icon. The default dates for each assignment part are initially set to be one week from the date the assignment was created.
Tame your Google Gmail filter
Why I didn't receive any email from Moodle?
Below is how to "teach" a gmail account to treat your emails as primary.
This can be done by clicking on the email (without opening it) & dragging it to the "primary tab". You will then see a message that says:
If you click yes, all future emails from that address will go to the primary tab.
This will certainly work for each individual who does it, I.e.. Each person who does it, their gmail account will always send your emails to the primary tab.