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Moodle 2.0 FilesAn inconvenient truth<br />Mark Drechsler<br />NAVIGATE 2011<br />
Moodle 2.0 FilesAn inconvenient truth<br />Now with 52% new content!<br />Mark Drechsler<br />NAVIGATE 2011<br />
About me<br />Director, Consulting @ NetSpot Pty Ltd – Australia’s largest Moodle Partner company, and an EQUELLA hosting ...
About me<br />Lead project functional consultant on <br />University of Canberra (14k users – M1.9), <br />Australian Nati...
Wind the clock back…<br />6 May 2010, and the world first experienced<br />Preview 1 of Moodle 2.0, after one or two sligh...
Creative Commons licensed: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sjliew/<br />
But then, rumblings were heard… <br />
So why did people struggle?<br />
How do I…<br />upload my files into a course like in 1.9?<br />edit my files from the main course page?<br />see where my ...
Short answer:<br />You can’t.<br />
WHY?<br />
1.x - the “Bucket ‘o’ Files” era<br />Creative commons licensed: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rachelcreative/<br />
1.x - the “Bucket ‘o’ Files” era<br />COURSE<br />COURSE<br />COURSE<br />Creative commons licensed: http://www.flickr.com...
Key point:<br />Each course had its own ‘mini-repository’ for files:<br />Upload files into the course ‘bucket’;<br />Mana...
Sounds great!<br />Unfortunately, there were a few problems…<br />
Problem 1:<br />File security.<br />Specifically, <br />they weren’t secure.<br />
Problem 2:<br />Delete a file,<br />Hello broken links.<br />
Problem 3:<br />Backups.<br />All files. Always.<br />
Problem 4:<br />Content silos.<br />Lots of them.<br />
The problems were always there.They needed to be fixed one day.<br />
So what changed in 2.0?<br />
Underlying Principle 1:Get rid of the course buckets.Or more accurately, create a bunch of mini-buckets, one in each resou...
1.9:<br />My Moodle Course<br />
1.9:<br />My Course<br />My Moodle Course<br />Course Files<br />
1.9:<br />My Course<br />My Moodle Course<br />Assignment 1<br />Resource 1<br />Course Files<br />
2.0:<br />My Moodle Course<br />
2.0:<br />My Moodle Course<br />Resource 1<br />
2.0:<br />My Moodle Course<br />Resource 1<br />
2.0:<br />My Moodle Course<br />Assignment 1<br />Resource 1<br />
2.0:<br />My Moodle Course<br />Assignment 1<br />Resource 1<br />
2.0:<br />My Moodle Course<br />Assignment 1<br />Resource 1<br />Browse & Copy<br />
Things I can now do in 2.0:<br />Browse across my courses to find and copy content to use in my course<br />
Things I can no longer do in 2.0:<br />Dump my files in the course ‘bucket’ for (possible) later use.<br />Link to the sam...
Things I still can’t do in 2.0:<br />Link to content across multiple courses.<br />
So what was the reaction?<br />
For many, the way forward was pretty clear…<br />Creative commons licensed:<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/jenjoaquin/<...
But can’t we just have a shared file repository within Moodle?<br />
Underlying Principle 2:Moodle is not a Content Management System!<br />
The vision:<br />
But then – a compromise?<br />
Course files came back!<br />
But it was clear they weren’t welcome<br />
The original problemsstill exist.<br />
Could course files ever really work?<br />I am a file<br />A file<br />
Could course files ever really work?<br />I am a file<br />A file<br />I am used<br />in a course<br />
Could course files ever really work?<br />I am a file<br />A file<br />I am used<br />in a course<br />In fact,<br />I am ...
Could course files ever really work?<br />So really, I am not<br />owned by a course<br />I am a file<br />A file<br />I a...
Could course files ever really work?<br />A lot of the time,<br />I am owned by…<br /><ul><li>A person
A faculty
An organisation
But not a course!</li></ul>A file<br />
If you let a file be owned by a course<br />What happens when…<br />Two people edit the same file in the same or different...
All of these problems arecontent management problems.To fix them, you need...- Ownership models which are not course based...
The inconvenient truth:A course-centric storage modelwill always be flawed.<br />
The inconvenient truth:The problem will not go away.Re-introducing the 1.9 model will not fix it.<br />
Change<br />            is<br />             Inevitable.<br />Creative Commons Licensed: http://www.flickr.com/photos/3682...
Does this mean that I must use an LCMS if I want to use Moodle 2?<br />
No!(Unless of course you need the features of an LCMS, in which case yes!)<br />
So what should you do?<br />When upgrading to 2.0, consider:<br />How reliant you are on Moodle as a content management to...
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  1. 1. Moodle 2.0 FilesAn inconvenient truth<br />Mark Drechsler<br />NAVIGATE 2011<br />
  2. 2. Moodle 2.0 FilesAn inconvenient truth<br />Now with 52% new content!<br />Mark Drechsler<br />NAVIGATE 2011<br />
  3. 3. About me<br />Director, Consulting @ NetSpot Pty Ltd – Australia’s largest Moodle Partner company, and an EQUELLA hosting partner.<br />
  4. 4. About me<br />Lead project functional consultant on <br />University of Canberra (14k users – M1.9), <br />Australian National University (13k users – M1.9), <br />Canberra Institute of Technology (25k users – M1.9 + Wimba + EQUELLA), <br />La Trobe University (27k users – M2.0), <br />Macquarie University (27k users – M2.0 + EQUELLA) ,<br />Monash Uni (55k users – M2.0).<br />
  5. 5. Wind the clock back…<br />6 May 2010, and the world first experienced<br />Preview 1 of Moodle 2.0, after one or two slight<br />delays in its scheduled release…<br />
  6. 6. Creative Commons licensed: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sjliew/<br />
  7. 7. But then, rumblings were heard… <br />
  8. 8. So why did people struggle?<br />
  9. 9. How do I…<br />upload my files into a course like in 1.9?<br />edit my files from the main course page?<br />see where my files have been uploaded to?<br />replace or delete files via the course page?<br />link to the same file from two places?<br />
  10. 10. Short answer:<br />You can’t.<br />
  11. 11. WHY?<br />
  12. 12. 1.x - the “Bucket ‘o’ Files” era<br />Creative commons licensed: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rachelcreative/<br />
  13. 13. 1.x - the “Bucket ‘o’ Files” era<br />COURSE<br />COURSE<br />COURSE<br />Creative commons licensed: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rachelcreative/<br />
  14. 14. Key point:<br />Each course had its own ‘mini-repository’ for files:<br />Upload files into the course ‘bucket’;<br />Manage them once they are in there;<br />Link to them from multiple places within a course;<br />Think ‘files’ first, and ‘what am I going to use them for’ later.<br />
  15. 15. Sounds great!<br />Unfortunately, there were a few problems…<br />
  16. 16. Problem 1:<br />File security.<br />Specifically, <br />they weren’t secure.<br />
  17. 17. Problem 2:<br />Delete a file,<br />Hello broken links.<br />
  18. 18. Problem 3:<br />Backups.<br />All files. Always.<br />
  19. 19. Problem 4:<br />Content silos.<br />Lots of them.<br />
  20. 20. The problems were always there.They needed to be fixed one day.<br />
  21. 21. So what changed in 2.0?<br />
  22. 22. Underlying Principle 1:Get rid of the course buckets.Or more accurately, create a bunch of mini-buckets, one in each resource or activity.<br />
  23. 23. 1.9:<br />My Moodle Course<br />
  24. 24. 1.9:<br />My Course<br />My Moodle Course<br />Course Files<br />
  25. 25. 1.9:<br />My Course<br />My Moodle Course<br />Assignment 1<br />Resource 1<br />Course Files<br />
  26. 26. 2.0:<br />My Moodle Course<br />
  27. 27. 2.0:<br />My Moodle Course<br />Resource 1<br />
  28. 28. 2.0:<br />My Moodle Course<br />Resource 1<br />
  29. 29. 2.0:<br />My Moodle Course<br />Assignment 1<br />Resource 1<br />
  30. 30. 2.0:<br />My Moodle Course<br />Assignment 1<br />Resource 1<br />
  31. 31. 2.0:<br />My Moodle Course<br />Assignment 1<br />Resource 1<br />Browse & Copy<br />
  32. 32. Things I can now do in 2.0:<br />Browse across my courses to find and copy content to use in my course<br />
  33. 33. Things I can no longer do in 2.0:<br />Dump my files in the course ‘bucket’ for (possible) later use.<br />Link to the same file from multiple places within a course.<br />
  34. 34. Things I still can’t do in 2.0:<br />Link to content across multiple courses.<br />
  35. 35. So what was the reaction?<br />
  36. 36. For many, the way forward was pretty clear…<br />Creative commons licensed:<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/jenjoaquin/<br />
  37. 37. But can’t we just have a shared file repository within Moodle?<br />
  38. 38. Underlying Principle 2:Moodle is not a Content Management System!<br />
  39. 39. The vision:<br />
  40. 40. But then – a compromise?<br />
  41. 41. Course files came back!<br />
  42. 42. But it was clear they weren’t welcome<br />
  43. 43. The original problemsstill exist.<br />
  44. 44. Could course files ever really work?<br />I am a file<br />A file<br />
  45. 45. Could course files ever really work?<br />I am a file<br />A file<br />I am used<br />in a course<br />
  46. 46. Could course files ever really work?<br />I am a file<br />A file<br />I am used<br />in a course<br />In fact,<br />I am used<br />in several courses<br />
  47. 47. Could course files ever really work?<br />So really, I am not<br />owned by a course<br />I am a file<br />A file<br />I am used<br />in a course<br />In fact,<br />I am used<br />in several courses<br />
  48. 48. Could course files ever really work?<br />A lot of the time,<br />I am owned by…<br /><ul><li>A person
  49. 49. A faculty
  50. 50. An organisation
  51. 51. But not a course!</li></ul>A file<br />
  52. 52. If you let a file be owned by a course<br />What happens when…<br />Two people edit the same file in the same or different courses? Did they mean to update all copies or just theirs?<br />A course gets archived (potentially with links to it from other courses)?<br />A course gets backed up (potentially with links to it from other courses)?<br />A file is deleted in one course, but is still being used in another?<br />
  53. 53. All of these problems arecontent management problems.To fix them, you need...- Ownership models which are not course based- Version control- Change management workflows<br />
  54. 54. The inconvenient truth:A course-centric storage modelwill always be flawed.<br />
  55. 55. The inconvenient truth:The problem will not go away.Re-introducing the 1.9 model will not fix it.<br />
  56. 56. Change<br /> is<br /> Inevitable.<br />Creative Commons Licensed: http://www.flickr.com/photos/36821100@N04/<br />
  57. 57. Does this mean that I must use an LCMS if I want to use Moodle 2?<br />
  58. 58. No!(Unless of course you need the features of an LCMS, in which case yes!)<br />
  59. 59. So what should you do?<br />When upgrading to 2.0, consider:<br />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);<br />Whether the content management features in 2.0 will give you what you need;<br />
  60. 60. So what should you do?<br />When upgrading, consider:<br />Whether you should switch on ‘Legacy Course Files’; and<br />Whether some sort of external content repository is necessary to manage your content.<br />
  61. 61. For more information…<br />http://docs.moodle.org/en/Course_files<br />http://docs.moodle.org/en/Repositories<br />http://www.markdrechsler.com<br />http://www.somerandomthoughts.com/blog/tag/repository/<br />http://mattcornock.co.uk/blog/matt<br />http://www.moodleblog.net/?p=414<br />
  62. 62. Thanks for attending!<br />

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