How do you make files available to the student?
Michael, my personal preference is to add them to a page or assignment - that way I can explain what the file is and how it should be used. To do this see the following - How do I insert course files into the Rich Content Editor using the Content Selector as an instructor?
You can also add files to your course Modules - How do I add assignment types, pages, and files as module items?
Or, you can allow students to view "Files" from the course navigation - How do I manage Course Navigation links? (this is the option I normally don't recommend as it doesn't allow you to include any context into what the file is and allows students to pretty much see ALL of your files).
Hope this helps! Kona
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