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Presentation on Moodle 2 file repositories, delivered by Mark Drechsler at the NAVIGATE 2011 conference.

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    • Moodle 2.0 FilesAn inconvenient truth
      Mark Drechsler
      NAVIGATE 2011
    • Moodle 2.0 FilesAn inconvenient truth
      Now with 52% new content!
      Mark Drechsler
      NAVIGATE 2011
    • About me
      Director, Consulting @ NetSpot Pty Ltd – Australia’s largest Moodle Partner company, and an EQUELLA hosting partner.
    • About me
      Lead project functional consultant on
      University of Canberra (14k users – M1.9),
      Australian National University (13k users – M1.9),
      Canberra Institute of Technology (25k users – M1.9 + Wimba + EQUELLA),
      La Trobe University (27k users – M2.0),
      Macquarie University (27k users – M2.0 + EQUELLA) ,
      Monash Uni (55k users – M2.0).
    • Wind the clock back…
      6 May 2010, and the world first experienced
      Preview 1 of Moodle 2.0, after one or two slight
      delays in its scheduled release…
    • Creative Commons licensed: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sjliew/
    • But then, rumblings were heard…
    • So why did people struggle?
    • How do I…
      upload my files into a course like in 1.9?
      edit my files from the main course page?
      see where my files have been uploaded to?
      replace or delete files via the course page?
      link to the same file from two places?
    • Short answer:
      You can’t.
    • WHY?
    • 1.x - the “Bucket ‘o’ Files” era
      Creative commons licensed: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rachelcreative/
    • 1.x - the “Bucket ‘o’ Files” era
      COURSE
      COURSE
      COURSE
      Creative commons licensed: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rachelcreative/
    • Key point:
      Each course had its own ‘mini-repository’ for files:
      Upload files into the course ‘bucket’;
      Manage them once they are in there;
      Link to them from multiple places within a course;
      Think ‘files’ first, and ‘what am I going to use them for’ later.
    • Sounds great!
      Unfortunately, there were a few problems…
    • Problem 1:
      File security.
      Specifically,
      they weren’t secure.
    • Problem 2:
      Delete a file,
      Hello broken links.
    • Problem 3:
      Backups.
      All files. Always.
    • Problem 4:
      Content silos.
      Lots of them.
    • The problems were always there.They needed to be fixed one day.
    • So what changed in 2.0?
    • Underlying Principle 1:Get rid of the course buckets.Or more accurately, create a bunch of mini-buckets, one in each resource or activity.
    • 1.9:
      My Moodle Course
    • 1.9:
      My Course
      My Moodle Course
      Course Files
    • 1.9:
      My Course
      My Moodle Course
      Assignment 1
      Resource 1
      Course Files
    • 2.0:
      My Moodle Course
    • 2.0:
      My Moodle Course
      Resource 1
    • 2.0:
      My Moodle Course
      Resource 1
    • 2.0:
      My Moodle Course
      Assignment 1
      Resource 1
    • 2.0:
      My Moodle Course
      Assignment 1
      Resource 1
    • 2.0:
      My Moodle Course
      Assignment 1
      Resource 1
      Browse & Copy
    • Things I can now do in 2.0:
      Browse across my courses to find and copy content to use in my course
    • Things I can no longer do in 2.0:
      Dump my files in the course ‘bucket’ for (possible) later use.
      Link to the same file from multiple places within a course.
    • Things I still can’t do in 2.0:
      Link to content across multiple courses.
    • So what was the reaction?
    • For many, the way forward was pretty clear…
      Creative commons licensed:
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/jenjoaquin/
    • But can’t we just have a shared file repository within Moodle?
    • Underlying Principle 2:Moodle is not a Content Management System!
    • The vision:
    • But then – a compromise?
    • Course files came back!
    • But it was clear they weren’t welcome
    • The original problemsstill exist.
    • Could course files ever really work?
      I am a file
      A file
    • Could course files ever really work?
      I am a file
      A file
      I am used
      in a course
    • Could course files ever really work?
      I am a file
      A file
      I am used
      in a course
      In fact,
      I am used
      in several courses
    • Could course files ever really work?
      So really, I am not
      owned by a course
      I am a file
      A file
      I am used
      in a course
      In fact,
      I am used
      in several courses
    • Could course files ever really work?
      A lot of the time,
      I am owned by…
      • A person
      • A faculty
      • An organisation
      • But not a course!
      A file
    • If you let a file be owned by a course
      What happens when…
      Two people edit the same file in the same or different courses? Did they mean to update all copies or just theirs?
      A course gets archived (potentially with links to it from other courses)?
      A course gets backed up (potentially with links to it from other courses)?
      A file is deleted in one course, but is still being used in another?
    • All of these problems arecontent management problems.To fix them, you need...- Ownership models which are not course based- Version control- Change management workflows
    • The inconvenient truth:A course-centric storage modelwill always be flawed.
    • The inconvenient truth:The problem will not go away.Re-introducing the 1.9 model will not fix it.
    • Change
      is
      Inevitable.
      Creative Commons Licensed: http://www.flickr.com/photos/36821100@N04/
    • Does this mean that I must use an LCMS if I want to use Moodle 2?
    • No!(Unless of course you need the features of an LCMS, in which case yes!)
    • So what should you do?
      When upgrading to 2.0, consider:
      How reliant you are on Moodle as a content management tool, rather than what it was designed for (i.e. an environment focused on learning through student collaboration and interaction);
      Whether the content management features in 2.0 will give you what you need;
    • So what should you do?
      When upgrading, consider:
      Whether you should switch on ‘Legacy Course Files’; and
      Whether some sort of external content repository is necessary to manage your content.
    • For more information…
      http://docs.moodle.org/en/Course_files
      http://docs.moodle.org/en/Repositories
      http://www.markdrechsler.com
      http://www.somerandomthoughts.com/blog/tag/repository/
      http://mattcornock.co.uk/blog/matt
      http://www.moodleblog.net/?p=414
    • Thanks for attending!