Good morning (or whatever time of day it is where you are)!
I am rolling out a Moodle 2.2 upgrade this summer, and I'm pretty excited about integrated access to Web 2.0/cloud tools and respositories. I have just started to look at how we can integrate that into the current file storage habits in my district, or whether I need to push our userbase (40,000 students, 3,000 teachers) into some different habits.
Our professional workflow (teacher materials development and storage) is pretty much based on a local SharePoint install (SharePoint Services 3.0), which supports WebDAV out of the box - I've had some success accessing things that way through personal device apps. Our students have access to personal local server storage, a Windows 2008 data server behemoth. It would be nice if we could integrate file access (no need to write back) through Moodle.
I have had no luck getting the Repository WebDAV plugin to fetch anything through Moodle, and my attempts to locate helpful documentation have failed. Can someone point me somewhere, or give me a hint as to where this might be going (if it's not there yet)? And will this interface work with the coming Microsoft cloud tools -- is this being worked on? Since we're 98% Microsoft (Moodle runs on a WAMP stack with AD integration through LDAP) and our accounts are already synched with Microsoft Live, I'm reluctant to push everybody over to Dropbox or Google Docs
I know, this is not the correct thread to start, but it is a beginning, as I am interested in the same thing, but not using a sharpoint server but simply our windows-file-server-shares. On one domain for the teachers and on another domain for students. What has completely changed in the new file system, compared to Moodle 1.9, is loss of transparency. There was a course directory where every teacher, especially when they have to work in teams, uploaded and linked the files. Now, with repositories and individual upload areas, teams of teachers do not see what files have been uploaded. There could also be a mess with different file versions.
So either my understanding of the new file system and repositories is completely wrong, or we have to teach our teachers new tricks, as I wrote in the new file system thread already.
One of those tricks would be to never upload a file with the same name, to be sure it can be distinguished from previous ones which migth have a slightly different content. As linking the files means copying them into Moodle's file system, you never know which version is still linked somewhere and which one is orphaned, lying around in the upload area.