Adding Resources

Resource types enable almost any kind of web content to be inserted into the course.

  • Book is a multi-page resource in a book-like format, with chapters and subchapters, useful for displaying lengthy information. 
  • File provide a downloadable Word document, a PDF, an Excel spreadsheet or PowerPoint slides as a course resource.
  • Heading enables text and optional icons to be inserted among activities on the course page.
  • Label enables text and multimedia to be inserted into the course page between links to other resources and activities.
  • Page can display text, images, sound, video, web links and embedded code, such as Google maps. 
  • Subpage no longer available to add. Existing subpages are still visible in courses on the site.
  • URL The URL module enables a teacher to provide a web link as a course resource.

5. Adding subpages

A subpage is a smaller version of the main course page. Subpages were used to create sections and add activities to group activities together. Please note, we have withdrawn add subpage function as it is no longer compatible with core Moodle. Existing subpages are still visible in courses on the site.

PLEASE NOTE: the old subpage function is no longer compatible with core Moodle, especially as adding a subpage means the Add topics option disappears. For this reason we have withdrawn the ability to add subpages to courses as of 16 March 2023 and are investigating the functionality of the new generation version of subpages which are being used on the OU student VLE.

Add a subpage

  1. In the course space switch editing on.
  2. Click on Add an activity or resource under the main course home page or below an existing heading.
  3. The ‘add an activity or resource’ screen will appear.
  4. Under Resources select ‘Subpage’.
  5. Click on the ‘Add’ button

  6. The ‘Adding a new Subpage’ screen will appear.

  7. Give the subpage a name and you can add a short description.
  8. Then click on Save and display.
  9. The empty subpage will appear

Unlike a page, you can add activities and resources to the subpage and can rearrange their order. You can also move other activities and resources from elsewhere in the course to the subpage.

A subpage does not come with navigation links between pages or subpages, you would need to put these in manually if you need them. See the instructions for adding links between pages if you need them.