Using the Media Uploader

The Media Uploader is a simple tool that allows you to send in large files.

Attaching files to email works for many things, but once you get over a couple megabytes in size, you need another solution. This is why we have created the Media Uploader for you to send in your media. This includes PowerPoint files, videos, large documents, bundles of files, and more.

The Media Uploader will automatically alert the Instructional Designers working on your course that the files have been uploaded. It will also send you a confirmation email to let you know the uploads are successful.

Preparing to Use the Uploader

Before you start uploading large files, there are a few things to consider.

Connection Speed

You will want to be on a reasonably fast internet connection when using the Media Uploader. Usually, an on-campus connection is best. A home connection works great too, but if you know your home internet to be slow or flaky, it would probably be best to take your files elsewhere for upload. This will avoid headaches related to long upload times or possible random disconnects.

It is also recommended that you avoid using public wifi hotspots in places like coffee shops and bookstores. These connections can be slow or unstable at times, not being very fit for large file uploads.

Uploading a Large Number of Files

If you have a lot of smaller files you would like to submit, you can bundle them into one file by making a ZIP archive. ZIP archives are a popular way to compress and distribute files on the internet, and they are easy to make. Once you make a ZIP archive, you can then send it in as a single file.

It is not necessary to create ZIP archives when dealing with 2-3 files. The media uploader supports selecting multiple files.

Zipping Files on Windows

  1. Select the files or folders that you want to make into a ZIP archive.
  2. Right click on the selection of files or folders you would like to zip.
  3. From the menu that appears select “Sent to”, and then “Compressed (zipped) folder”.

Zipping Files on Mac

  1. Select the files or folders that you want to make into a ZIP archive.
  2. Right click (or hold down the control key and click) on the selection of files or folders you would like to zip.
  3. From the menu that appears select “Compress file_name.docx” or “Compress # Items”. The menu will be different based on the number of files/folders you select.

Using the Uploader

Navigate to media.uwex.edu/upload in your web browser.

You will be asked for a password before accessing the form. This password can be obtained from the instructional designer or media team member you are working with.

Once inside, be sure to complete all of the following steps each time you submit files.

  1. Fill out the form. In the description field, please include as much information as possible about the file (e.g., course number, lesson, unit, description). It is best to put this information here, and not in a separate email.
  2. Click the File Upload button and browse to the file or files you want to submit.
  3. Click Submit and wait for a confirmation message saying that the file or files were successfully uploaded.

Once the confirmation message is displayed, an email will be sent to you further confirming that the files were successfully transferred. An email is also sent to CEOEL staff notifying us that you uploaded a file.

Published on June 12, 2015 at 9:27:16 am CST. Last modified on June 06, 2018 at 4:01:42 pm CST.