Classes*v2 Help SiteClasses*v2 Instructor & Administrator Guide ResourcesHow do I upload or download multiple resources?

How do I upload or download multiple resources?

Users can upload/download multiple resources using the WebDAV protocol. WebDAV allows users to transfer files and folders from their local computer to and from their site Resources.

WebDAV stands for "Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning". It is a set of extensions to the HTTP protocol that allows users to collaboratively edit and manage files on remote web servers.

Once users have set up WebDAV for a particular site Resources, their computer will treat the Resources like any other folder on their local system. Users are able to drag and drop files and folders from Resources just as they would in “My Computer” in Windows, or the “Finder” on a Mac.

For Windows, users can download AnyClient for WebDAV connections, or set up a connection using the native Windows WebDAV support.

For Mac OS X we do not recommend the Finder to configure WebDAV. Mac users can use Cyberduck or AnyClient.

Depending on your specific operating system version, you may find one method performs better than another.

Get your Classes*v2 course site URL

  1. Select the Resources tool from the Tool Menu of your site.
  2. Click Upload-Download Multiple Resources.  
  3. Copy the WebDAV address (which begins https://classesv2.yale.edu/dav...). You can copy that address to your computer's clipboard by selecting it with your cursor, then right-clicking on it and selecting Copy. You can also copy the address by selecting it with your cursor and clicking on the browser's Edit menu and selecting Copy.

Setting up WebDAV for Mac using Cyberduck

Note: There must be at least one object (file, folder etc.) in the course or project resource area before you begin the setup procedure. This procedure needs to be done once for each site before you can use WebDAV to transfer files to and from any one site.

  1. Get your course site URL by following the instructions above.
  2. Download the Cyberduck WebDAV client.
  3. download the most recent software at: http://cyberduck.ch/
  4. Decompress the file and double-click on the .dmg file. (Depending on the configuration of your decompression software, the disk image may automatically mount.)
  5. A disk image with a name similar to Cyberduck-2.8.5 should now be available. Simply drag and drop the folder from the disk image to your Applications folder.
  6. Open the Cyberduck application in your Applications folder.
  7. Click the Open Connection button.
  8. Select WebDAV
  9. In Server, type (or copy and paste): hostname
  10. In Port, type (or copy and paste): 80
  11. Type in your netid and password
  12. Click on More options and type (or copy and paste) in Folder the last part of the "Step 1" URL: dav/xxxx-xxxx-xxxx
  13. Now click on Connect.

You will now see a window on your Mac screen that represents the resources that are in your site. Simply drag and drop between this window and other Finder windows on your Mac to transfer files to and from your Sakai site's resources folder.

Setting up WebDAV for Windows 8

Note: There must be at least one object (file, folder etc.) in the course or project resource area before you begin the setup procedure. This procedure needs to be done once for each site before you can use WebDAV to transfer files to and from any one site.

  1. Get your course site URL by following the instructions above.
  2. In Windows 8, click the Desktop icon.
  3. From the Desktop, click File Explorer.
  4. At the top of the File Explorer window, click Computer > Map Network Drive > Map network drive.
  5. Select a vacant drive letter (e.g., Y) from the Drive drop down menu.
  6. In the Folder field, type (or copy and paste) the URL for this site you copied earlier. Click Finish.
  7. When prompted, enter your netid and password and click OK.
  8. You can now drag files and folders to and from your computer and the site Resources folder.

Setting up WebDAV for Windows 7/Windows Vista

Note 1: There must be at least one object (file, folder etc.) in the course or project resource area before you begin the setup procedure. This procedure needs to be done once for each site before you can use WebDAV to transfer files to and from any one site.

Note 2: Use of Sakai's WebDAV functionality on Windows Vista requires that you have Vista Service Pack 2 installed. If you do not yet have Service Pack 2 installed, please run Windows Update by clicking Start > All Programs > Windows Update.

  1. Get your course site URL by following the instructions above.
  2. From the desktop or the Start menu, click Computer.
  3. At the top of the window, click Map Network Drive.
  4. Select a vacant drive letter (e.g., Z) from the Drive drop down menu.
  5. In the Folder field, type (or copy and paste) the URL for this site shown above. Click Finish.
  6. When prompted, enter your netid and password and click OK.
  7. You can now drag files and folders to and from your computer and the site Resources folder.

When the setup process is complete, the course or project resources folder will appear under Computer as a drive, where it will act just like any other drive in Windows Explorer. You can now drag files and folders to and from your computer and the site's Resources folder.

Alternate method of setting up WebDAV on Windows Vista/Windows 7

If the process above yields connections errors, you may be able to utilize the WebDAV functionality to access your files using a free third-party client called AnyClient. Follow this process to download, install, and configure AnyClient.

  1. Get your course site URL by following the instructions above.
  2. Download the AnyClient WebDAV client from: http://www.anyclient.com.
  3. Run the install.exe file and complete the setup wizard.
  4. If the installer did not automatically launch AnyClient, click Start > All Programs > AnyClient > AnyClient to open AnyClient.
  5. Click Connect at the bottom-left corner.
  6. Click New at the bottom-left corner and give this connection a meaningful name on the left menu (e.g., History 101 Resources).
  7. In the Host dialog box, type (or copy and paste) the path as shown above in step 1.
  8. Type in your netid and password.
  9. In the Connection type drop box, select WebDAV.
  10. Click Save at the bottom of the window to save this connection for future use and click Connect.

Setting up WebDAV for Linux (Gnome)

Note: Some versions of Linux might have problems accessing My Workspace's resources, but the access to all other sites types will work fine (course, project, etc.).

  1. Get your course site URL by following the instructions above.
  2. Go to Places > Connect to Server...
  3. In Service type select WebDav .
  4. In Server, type (or copy and paste): hostname
  5. In Port, type (or copy and paste): 80
  6. In Folder, type (or copy and paste) the last part of the "Step 1" URL: dav/xxxx-xxxx-xxxx
  7. Check the option Add bookmark
  8. In Bookmark name, supply the name of the folder to create under "Network" and click Next.
  9. Now click on Connect.
  10. Finally, you will be asked to supply your password.

You will now see a new drive under Places. This represents the resources in your site. It will act like any other folder on your computer. You can now drag and drop files into or out of this window and delete files by dragging them to the Trash.

Setting up WebDAV for Linux (KDE)

Note: There are some versions of Linux that might have problems accessing My Workspace's resources, but the access to all other sites types will work fine (course, project, etc.).

  1. Get your course site URL by following the instructions above.
  2. Open the file manager (Dolphin).
  3. On the left side, in Places, choose Network.
  4. Click on Add network folder.
  5. Check web folder (webdav) and click on Next.
  6. In Name supply the name of the folder to create under "Network" and click Next.
  7. In User supply your Sakai username.
  8. In Server, type (or copy and paste): hostname
  9. In Folder, type (or copy and paste) the last part of the "Step 1" URL: dav/xxxx-xxxx-xxxx
  10. If the URL uses HTTPS, check the option Encoded, and the port will change automatically to 80.
  11. Check the option Create an icon for this remote folder.
  12. Now click on Save and connect.
  13. Finally, you will be asked to supply your Sakai password.

You will now see a new drive under Network inside the file manager (Dolphin). This represents the resources in your site. It will act like any other folder from your computer. You can now drag and drop files into or out of this window and delete files by dragging them to the Trash.

Setting up WebDAV for Linux (console)

  1. Get your course site URL by following the instructions above.
  2. Open a new terminal.
  3. Type in the command cadaver URL from Step 1
  4. You might be asked to accept a certificate
  5. Type in your Sakai username and password
  6. Now you can download and upload documents from the command line.

Type help for all avaliable commands.