Posting eReserves Resources in UNM Learn

Welcome!  The Extended Learning team is looking forward to helping you present your former eReserves materials online efficiently and effectively.  We would like to encourage you to attend one of our open labs and let us assist you with the transition.  See our Training Schedule.... 

If you have never used UNM Learn before we would like to encourage you to take advantage of one of our open labs.  We would like to help you--one-on-one, in person.  See our training schedule.   And/ or follow the steps below:

1. Web-enhance your course(s) 
UNM Learn online course sections are not created automatically.  Once your department or college has officially assigned as you Faculty of Record in Banner, go to Loboweb, to your course list, and request that your course section(s) be web-enhanced.  This request will be processed in ~24 hours.  Want a bit more explanation?

2. Log into Learn
Go to   Log in with your NetID and password.  When your web enhance request(s) have been processed, you will see your new Learn course sections under My Courses.  Click the title of a course to enter.

3. Optional: Grouping Sections
If you have several course sections you would like to combine (i.e. you will be posting identical materials for each), request that before starting to load files. (You can do it after the fact, it's just more complicated.)   Here's how...

Again, we would like to encourage you to attend one of our many open labs to make this transition quick and constructive!  If you have questions and/ or need help, you can also contact UNM Learn Technical Support:  505.277.0857. 

In order to proceed, you should have:
      1. Downloaded your course materials from eReserves or already have copies of those files handy on your computer or on a remote storage device.
      2. Requested that your current courses be web-enhanced [instructions above]
      3. Checked to see that your new course sections have appeared in your My Courses list on Learn ( ) and
      4. *Optional - If you have multiple sections you wish to combine, that you have requested Section Grouping and confirmed it has been done.

Just have a few files?
If you only have a few items, it is easier to attach them individually or in small groups.  You can upload them directly from your computer (no zip file).  See the instructions below:  "Adding Files One at a Time by Uploading."

If you would like to group and annotate the files you are uploading, we recommend you follow the instructions for "Attaching One or More Files to an 'Item.'"

Lots of files? 
If you have lots of files, we recommend you load the entire zip file to the Content Collection for your course (the file storage area), then add them to what is called a Content Area by attaching them to nifty things called Items.  *It sounds harder than it is.  And/ but remember, if you get stuck, you can get individualized help by attending one of our open labs

Optional:  If you are handy with your computer, we have included the instructions for cleaning up your materials before you load them.  eReserves zipped files tend to come with a lot of extra (nested) folders.  We recommend you get rid of those before proceeding.  See the instructions at the bottom of this page:  "Optional - Cleaning Up Zipped Folders"

Before We Get Started:  Your New Learn Course Shell
Your new Learn course shell comes with several web links and one empty content area, called "Course Information."  We will say more about these components below but you may want to take a moment to just look around

The opening screen of your Learn course

The Course Menu for students is at the top left.  (You can use the plus sign to add new things to it.) 
Your Instructor Tools (which students do not see!) are at the bottom left, under Course Management/ Control Panel.

In the Course Menu, in addition to the (empty) "Course Information" content area, you will see:
    "Instructor Tips" - a web link to the main Faculty documentation page. 
    "How to Use Learn" - a web link to the main Student help page. 
    "Create A Support Ticket" (not pictured) - a web link for a form that gathers helpful information before sending it to the UNM Learn Support Team.  

Across the top, we will be using the red Build Content menu (not pictured here).  It lets you add Files or create Items (little mini web pages) and much more!

Adding a File in UNM Learn means the system will create a spot, a line item if your will, for ONE file.  If this file is a PDF, it will open immediately for students to read.  There are buttons they can use to download the file if they choose.  The pros are that each file has its own space, and when you have a group of them, they can easily be reordered.  The cons are that they require an extra click or two if your idea is that students will download them.  (In that case, something UNM Learn calls an "Item" is a better choice.)

1. If necessary, click to turn Edit Mode on.

Be sure that Edit Mode is on (top right). Then from the Course Menu, click the link for

2. Click "Course Information" in the Course Menu.  This opens a place for adding course materials; Learn calls them content areas.  The "Course Information" content area is part of every new UNM course template.  Just so you know, it can be renamed (mouse over the right side to see its menu).  And/ or you can create others (under the red Plus Sign).  See the optional instructions at the bottom of the page.

3. Click the Build Content menu.

4. Select File. 

From the top, click Build Content. Click File.

5. The Create File window will open.  Enter a Name.

The Create File window opens. Enter a Name in the Name field. Next to Find File, Click Browse My Computer.

6. Click "Browse My Computer."  Navigate to find the file you want.

7. Click Submit.

8. If necessary, click "Course Information."  Your file should be there! 

9. Check your work by clicking "Go To Student View."  (To return, "Return to Instructor view")

Repeat the process for the rest of your files. 

This shows the final product.

>Optional:  Set this page as the course Entry Point (home page).  At the bottom left, under Course Management/ Control Panel, click Customization/ Teaching Style.  From the drop down menu at the top, choose "Course Information."  Submit.

1. If necessary, click to turn Edit Mode on.

2. Click the "Course Information" link in the Course Menu.  This opens a Content Area called "Course Information."  It is part of every new UNM course template.  It can be renamed (mouse over the right side to see the menu).  And/ or you can create others (click the red Plus Sign.  See the optional instructions at the bottom of the page).

Be sure that Edit Mode is on (top right). Then from the Course Menu, click the link for

3. Click the Build Content menu.

4. Select Item. 

Image shows the Build Content menu opened, and Item being selected

5. The Create Item window will open. Give your Item a Name. 

6. Use the Text box to add instructions or annotate the materials you will be attaching.

7. Under Attachments/ Attach File, click "Browse My Computer."  Navigate to find the file you want.   Repeat to add all the files you wish to group together.

This image depicts the Create Item window. Fill in a Name, use the Text box to annotate, then under Attachments, Attach File, click Browse My Computer to navigate and select your file(s).

8. Click Submit.

9. If necessary, click "Course Information."  You should see your new Item!

This is what your new

10. Click "Go to Student View" to check your work.  (When finished, click "Return to Instructor View.") Repeat the process as needed.

Optional:  Set this page as the course Entry Point (home page).  At the bottom left, under Course Management/ Control Panel, click Customization/ Teaching Style.  From the drop down menu at the top, choose "Course Information."  Submit.

Load your Zip File to the Content Collection

1. At the bottom left, under Course Management/ Control Panel, click the triangle to expand Content Collection

2. Click the number at the top.  (This is the system's ID for your course:  CRN on the left, a dot, then the Banner code for the semester the class is being offered--2015, the year, then 10 for spring, 60 for summer or 80 for fall.)  

Shows the instructor tools menu -- first item under Control Panel, click the top link which is the course CRN plus the Banner Term.

3. The Content Collection window will open.  Click Upload/ Upload Zip Package.  (Notice that you can also upload individual files to this area, the file cabinet/ harddrive space for this course section.)

From the menu along the top, choose the first one: Upload/ then choose the second item: upload zip package.

4. Click Browse.  Navigate your computer to select the desired item. 

5. Click Submit.  Now you will see your materials already unzipped--a folder with the name of the zip file.

Next:  Link your Materials to a content area so that students can see them.

1. Go to the Course Menu (top left side of the screen). Click link for the content area called "Course Information."   It will open.

*Note - if you would like more than one content area, for example, so that you can use "Course Information" for the syllabus and other kinds of general course documents, click the Plus sign at the top left corner of the Course Menu.  Select "Add Content Area," give it a name, put a check in "Available to Users."  Click Submit!  For illustrated instructions and a bit more information, see the optional item at the bottom of the page.

2. From the red buttons along the top of the screen, click Build Content/ (Create) Item. 

Along the top, pick the first button/ Build Content. Click to choose (Create) Item.

3. Give it a Name.  Use the Text field to annotate your materials, add instructions or provide other context. 

4. Below the text box, under Attachments, click Browse Content Collection

On the Create Item screen, enter Name, Text is optional, under Attachments, click

5. Navigate into the folders to find the item(s) you want.  You might need to use the navigation at the bottom of the Content Collection page to show all your files, or to page back and forth.  To open folders, click the turquoise name next the folder icon (the icon itself is not clickable).  *Note - we do not recommend selecting entire folders, especially not if the folder contains other folders.  It is much better to link to individual files. The counter at the bottom of the page will confirm how many files you have selected.

To open folders inside the Content collection, click their respective names. The folder icons themselves are not links/ not clickable.

Use the Type checkbox at the top to Select All, or just use checkboxes to select particular items. The counter at the bottom will confirm the number of files you have selected.

6. Click Submit.

Image of the final product. 3 files attached at the top.

7. Repeat as needed.  Note:  You can modify the order of your items by mousing over the left side--you will see a 4-sided arrow icon. Click and drag to move up or down. 

8. When finished, check your work. Click "Go to Student View" (top right side of the screen).  When ready, click "Return to Instructor View."

9. Optional: If you like, you can choose this content area as the default Entry Point (home page) for the course.  Along the bottom left side of the screen, under Course Management/ Control Panel, click Customization/ Teaching Style.  From the drop down menu at the top, select your new Content Area as the course Entry Point.  Click Submit. For illustrated instructions, see the optional area at the bottom of the page.

1. If necessary, turn Editing Mode to On.  At the top of the Course Menu click the plus sign (+).

2. Click "Content Area."

Click the plus sign above the Course Menu to add a new content area.

3. Give it a Name.

4. Select Available to Users.

5. Click Submit.

Fill in Name, select Available to Users, then click Submit

Optional: Re-order the menu.  New components in Learn are always added from top to bottom.  To move the new item to a different spot in the menu, mouse over the left side of the title until you see the move cursor.  Click and drag to a new location.

New things are always added top to bottom in Learn. To move your new content area up, mouse over the left side until you see the pointer, then click and drag.

Sample Finished/ Reorganized Menu:  (In this example, the divider and support links have been moved as well).  Note: the small gray box indicates that it is empty.  Do NOT select it as the new course Entry Point (home page) until it has content.  Follow the instructions elsewhere on this page to add Files or Items.

Sample of a reorganized menu--the new content area is now the third item down instead of being at the bottom.

By default, every new (empty) UNM course template opens to the Course Dashboard.  However, once you have added content, it is likely you will want to have the course open to that page.

CAUTION: Do NOT choose an empty content area for the course Entry Point.  Wait until "Course Information," for example, or a new content area you created, has items and files in it first!

1. Under Course Management/ Control Panel, click to open Customization.  Click Teaching Style.

2. From the drop down menu next to "Entry Point" choose the new page you want for the course home page.

3. Click Submit.

Windows users, if you have lots and lots of files nested in a welter of folders, try this: 
  • Use your zip program to Extract all the files into a new folder.
  • Double-click to open the new folder. 
  • In the search box at the top right corner of the screen, enter *.*  (asterisk-dot-asterisk). 
  • Then from the drop down menu under it, make sure you are in Detail view.  This will have "Name," "Date modified," "Type" etc. across the top.
  • Click "Type" to sort by file type. 
  • Now all your PDFs, Word Docs, PPTs will be grouped together.  Create a new folder. 
  • Click and drag to select the desired items and drag or copy/paste them into your new folder. 
  • Then use your zipping (file compression) program to zip just the files.
Having trouble getting your files from eReserves?  Contact UNM Libraries at 505-277-9100, stop by any main campus library, and/ or email Aaron Blecha

Attend an Open Lab: 
The Extended learning team would like to encourage you to attend one of our Open Labs; let us assist you with the transition!  See our Training Schedule....

Contact Learn Technical Support:  We recommend that you use the "Create A Support Ticket" link from the Support tab inside Learn, or by using the "Create a Support Ticket" link inside your Learn course.  If that is not possible or convenient, we are also available by phone:  505-277-0857.

Related Resources

For more on the Basics see: Getting Started...
For the main Faculty documentation page see: Tips and Tricks...
For the schedule of trainings see: EL Training Schedule...