The Documents tool allows you to organise files just like you do on your pc/laptop.
You can create simple web pages ('Create a document') or upload files of any type (HTML, Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Acrobat, Flash, Quicktime, etc.). Remember, of course, that your learners will need to have the appropriate software to open and run these files. Some file types can contain viruses; be careful not to upload virus-contaminated files, unless your portal admin has installed server side anti=virus software. It is, in any case, a worthwhile precaution to check documents with antivirus software before uploading them.
Documents are presented in alphabetical order.
Tip : If you want to present them in a different order, number them (e.g. 01, 02, 03...) Or use the Learning Path to present a sophisticated Table of Contents. Note that once your documents are uploaded, you may decide to hide the documents area and show only one link on the Homepage (using the links tool) or a Learning Path containing some documents from your Documents area.
Create a document
Select Create a document > Give it a title (no spaces, no accents) > type your text > Use the buttons in the wysiwyg (What You See Is What You Get) editor to input information, tables, styles etc. To create effective web pages, you need to become familiar with three key functions: Links, Images and Tables. Be aware that web pages offer less layout options than e.g. Ms-Word pages. Note also that as well as creating a document from scratch in the editor, you can also cut and paste existing content from a web page or a Word document. This is an easy and quick way to import content into your Chamilo course.
To add a link, you need to copy the URL of the target page. We suggest you open two browser windows/tabs simultaneously, one with your Chamilo course and the other to browse the web. Once you find the page you are looking for (note that this page can be inside your Chamilo course), copy its URL (CTRL+C or APPLE+C), go back to the page editor, select the word to be the link, click on the small chain icon, paste the URL of your target in the popup window and submit. Once your page is saved, test the link to check it opens the target. You can decide in the Link popup menu whether the link will create a new page/tab or replace your Chamilo page in the same window.
To add an image, the process is the same as for the link feature : browse the web in a second window, find the image (if the image is inside your course's documents area, copy its URL (CTRL+C or APPLE+C in the URL bar after selecting the whole URL) then go back to your web page editor, position your mouse where you want your image to appear, then click on the small tree icon and copy the URL of the target image into the URL field, preview and submit. Note that in web pages, you cannot redimension your images as in a PowerPoint presentation, neither can you re-locate the image anywhere in the page.
To add a table, position your mouse in the field where you want the table to appear, then select the table icon in the Wysiwyg editor menu, decide on the number of columns and lines you need and submit. To get nice tables, we suggest that you choose the following values : border=1, cellspacing=0, cellpadding=4. Note that you will not be allowed to redimension your table or add lines or columns to it after its creation (sorry about this, it is just an online editor, not a word processor yet!).
Upload a document
Select the file on your computer using the Browse button on the right of your screen.
Launch the upload with the Upload Button .
Check the checkbox under the Upload button if your document is zip file or a so-called SCORM package. SCORM packages are special files designed according to an international norm : SCORM. This is a special format for learning content which allows for the free exchange of these materials between different Learning Management Systems. SCORM materials are platform independent and their import and export are simple.
Rename a document (a directory)
click on the button in the Rename column
Type the new name in the field (top left)
Validate by clicking .
Delete a document (or a directory)
Click on in column 'Delete'.
Make a document (or directory) invisible to users
Click on in column 'Visible/invisible'.
The document (or directory) still exists but it is not visible by users anymore.
To make it invisible back again, click on in column 'Visible/invisible'
Add or modify a comment to a document (or a directory)
Click on in column 'Comment'
Type new comment in the corresponding field (top right).
Validate by clicking .
To delete a comment, click on , delete the old comment in the field and click .
You can organise your content through filing. For this:
Create a directory
Click on 'Create a directory' (top left)
Type the name of your new directory in the corresponding field (top left)
Validate by clicking .
Move a document (or directory)
Click on button in column 'Move'
Choose the directory into which you want to move the document (or directory) in the corresponding scrolling menu (top left) (note: the word 'root' means you cannot go higher than that level in the document tree of the server).
Validate by clicking on .
Create a Learning Path
This learning path will look like a Table of Contents and can be used as a Table of Contents, but can offer you much more in terms of functionality. (See Learning Path Help).
Access to the Frequently Asked Questions