Jun 26

Repositories – My Initial Thoughts

I have spent a lot of time testing Moodle 2, so I thought I’d share my trials and triumphs.


As an administrator I have to say I love the way Moodle 2 handles file management. At least the way it was stated it would handle file management. It will make my life easier as files are stored separate to Moodle, therefore my backups will be smaller and easier to manage!

That being said as a Moodle user I hate the way Moodle 2 handles file management. It makes copies of every file that I add, and I have no idea where those files reside. Adding files is completely different to the way that I did it in Moodle 1.9, and seems to require more steps.

Moodle 2.3 goes a long way to bridging the gap between my feelings as an admin and those as a user. I can quickly and easily add a file or files from my Dropbox account to my private files and then link to that file from any of my courses. If I change the file, I simply re-add the file to my private files from my Dropbox account and all of my courses reflect this change automatically!

Storing all my files in the cloud makes sense to me both as an admin and as a user. I have Dropbox set to automatically synchronize with my work folder, so all my work documents are instantly available from any computer at any time. From Moodle I link to my Dropbox account and can add the files to my private files area. Why you might ask don’t I just add that file directly to Moodle? The simple answer is that by adding it to my private files and then linking to that file from all my courses I only need to update one file, and I know exactly where that file is located in Moodle!

I will add some detailed posts to show you step by step how to:


  1. Setup a Dropbox account.
  2. Setup a Dropbox repository on Moodle.
  3. Add files from your Dropbox to your private files.
  4. How to link to your private files from within a course.
  5. How to update your private files.

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