This is one of many help and support pages that are available about the University of Nottingham's Moodle online learning environment. If you have any questions or queries concerning Moodle then contact information is at the bottom of this one-page sheet. Please browse or use the SEARCH box below.
This refers to Moodle 3.6 from July 2019 onward
Moodle Help & Support
Moodle has a limit on the size of file you can upload. This page explains why this is and offers solutions on how to overcome this.
Students Click Here
This warning occurs when you are trying to upload a file to Moodle that is larger then the limit set by your teacher. For example, trying to upload some text as an assignment, contribute something to a forum or participate in any other interactive activity.
The file limit is displayed before you start to upload the file and is highlighted in the image on the right. Limits can be set anything between 10Kb and 250Mb. For example the size limit is 20 MB if the Turnitin check has been enabled. If your file exceeds the limit you will not be able to upload until it is under the limit. You need to consider how it could be reduced. If you feel that the file limit is set to low for the requested activity then please contact your teaching staff.
Staff Click Here
This warning occurs when you are trying to upload a file to Moodle that is larger then the limit set in this module. For example when you are uploading a lecture powerpoint or document for a student to use. Publicly available data (on mobile internet speeds in the area of University Park) suggests wait times of between 35 seconds and 2 mins for a photo heavy 25mb powerpoint file.There are good reasons to consider the size of the files you upload. Larger files take longer to upload, take up more of the Moodle system and can be frustrating for students waiting whilst viewing them - particularly on tablets or mobile phones.
All video and audio files - which are often large - should be uploaded by using the "Media resource" NOT uploaded as a file. Uploading in this way - using MediaSpace - gives you up to 2 GB.
How to increase the upload file limit
Although it is preferable to reduce the size of the file you are uploading (and the table below offers some suggestions on how to do this) it is possible for staff to increase the limit.
- In your module, find the ADMINISTRATION block and click on Module administration > Edit settings
- The edit module settings page loads.
- Expand Files and uploads to reveal the Maximum upload size field.
- Choose a new value. This can be up to the maximum size allowed by the system (currently 250Mb).
UNNC and UNMC users
Staff at UNNC/UNMC should give additional consideration to file sizes when uploading to Moodle as the servers are located in the UK and the additional network considerations between UNUK and UNNC/UMNC can mean that files sometimes take a lot longer to transfer between campuses. An alternative method of making files available inside Moodle is recommended that stores the files on your campus. Please see here.
To provide a better experience for staff and students (in Moodle) the module file size limit has been set to 10Mb. Larger files are normally audio or video which are stored in MediaSpace: seeHow to add video and audio to Moodle
Please contact your local HelpDesk with any further queries.
Where files are larger then 10Mb staff are strongly encouraged to use local file storage (via Equella) to provide the best experience.
Reducing the file size
Powerpoint Presentation (.ppt)
Microsoft Powerpoint has inbuilt compression options:
Word Document (.doc/.docx)
Convert the document into a pdf file. N.B. This will compress the document into an uneditable format.
Image File (.bmp/.jpg)
Compress the image using photo manipulation software
Compress the file using 'compressed folder'* or other file compression utilities.