I had no problem linking Dropbox & Moodle. Now, as an admin, I find it very easy to include various files from my Dropbox into courses I am creating in Moodle.
However, I've run into one drawback that I believe is not a bug, but rather a limitation for how this plugin is used. My hope from this post is to receive a clarification that the plugin is in fact performing as expected.
The situation: I'd like to use Dropbox to include files in a course, because in the future I may update these files on my local machine, and, once synced, the course would therefore always show the current version of the file.
However, this doesn't seem to be how it works. Each time a file is accessed from within a Moodle course, it appears that Moodle does not fetch the current version from dropbox. Instead, when the dropbox is initially used to add this file, it imports the THEN CURRENT version of the file, and stores it statically. In other words, it behaves the exact same as if I had uploaded the file directly from my hard drive.
I would think that a key benefit to using Dropbox via a plugin would be for an implementation exactly as I describe above - so that the files used in the course are always freshly updated each time they are accessed.
(By the way, yes, I do know there is an easy workaround for this: getting a shareable link for a file in my dropbox, and then adding this URL as a resource; by using a dropbox shareable link, the file will always be fresh.)
But it would be great if the plugin allowed me to "mimic" this posting of a shareable link.
If anyone very familiar with this repository plugin could shed some light on its intended behavior, I would be grateful.