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Upload and Embed an Image in Courses

What Does It Do? 

Articles with images get up to 94% more total views, and uploading and embedding an image allows you to share rich, visual media to suit your pedagogical objectives. 

How You Can Use It

  • Embed media in the Overview tool to spur interest and enthusiasm for your course 
  • Embed media in the Lessons tool to invigorate student engagement while learning
  • Upload and embed a photo of yourself to personalize your course


  1. Upload an Image
  2. Configure the Share Settings
  3. Embed your Image (Overview tool)
  4. Embed your Image (Lessons tool)


IMPORTANT NOTE: Before proceeding to the instructions, you may want to ask yourself if you plan on using your image again for a future course. Your answer will affect where you upload and store the image in Courses.  Consider the following: If you upload an image to a current course site's Resources folder, how will students in a future (and different) course site access it?

Upload an Image

  1. Click the "Home" tab at the top left in Courses. 
  2. Select the "Resources" tool.  Note: This is your own personal Resources area. 
  3. Click the "Actions" drop-down menu adjacent to the "Home" folder (or next to the folder into which you want to place the item(s), and select the "Upload Files" option. 
  4. On the resulting screen, decide on an upload method:
    1. Drag-and-Drop Method:
      1. On your computer, select the desired files and drag them onto the gray "Drag files to upload" box.  You can add multiple files at once.  The quota for a single upload operation is 500 MB, so either one file of 500 MB, 20 files of 25 MB each, etc.
      2. Click "Continue" to finish.
    2. Traditional Method:
      1. Click anywhere in the box with the perforated edges to open the file browser window.
      2. Select the desired file on your computer and click "Open."  To add another file, click the box again and repeat the selection process.
      3. Click "Continue" to finish.

Configure the Share Settings

  1. Click the "Actions" drop-down menu next to the image, and select the "Edit Details" option.
  2. On the resulting page, scroll down. Underneath the "Availability and Access" category, click the checkbox next to "This file is publicly viewable." 
  3. Click "Update" at the bottom.


Embed Your Image (Overview tool)

  1. Click the tab for your course or project site, or click the "Sites" menu at the top right and click the desired site.
  2. Select the "Overview" tool in the left tool menu.
  3. Click the "Edit" button at the top of the "Welcome" container. Note: the "Edit" button is adjacent to the "Link" button.
  4. Place the cursor in the desired location in the text editor box.
  5. Select the "Image" icon.CKEditor Image Icon
  6. Click "Browse Server."
  7. In the left hand menu, click "Home." 
  8. Double-click the "Resources" folder to reveal its contents.
  9. Select the image file and click "Ok" at the bottom.
  10. Click "Ok." 
  11. Click "Update Options" at the bottom of the page.

Embed Your Image (Lessons tool)

  1. Click the tab for your course or project site, or click the "Sites" menu at the top right and click the desired site.
  2. Select the "Lessons" tool in the left tool menu. (Note: the Lessons tool may need to be enabled by way of adding the tool).
  3. Navigate to the area or sub-page where you'd like to upload your image. (Note: see documentation on how to add sub-pages).
  4. Click the "Add Content +" tab at the top of the page.
  5. Select "Embed content on page."
  6. Click the "Select existing file from Resources" link.
  7. Click the "Select Resource(s)" link in the table. (Note: it may take a few moments to load all of your sites).
  8. Click the "Show other sites" link in the table.
  9. Select the "Home" folder and, if necessary, drill down into the sub-folder where the image is stored.
  10. Click "Select" next to the corresponding image file.
  11. Click "Continue" to finish the process. 

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