However i would like to understand and get more insight of it from an experienced user's perspective.
First thought is that it's not what i thought it would be, as in a files area where tutors can manage their uploaded content.
But from own words what is the difference between legacy and server files?
Also any hints/tips/thing to watch out for are all welcome.
Hello there. If you used the older version of Moodle , 1.9 , then this might be helpful to you http://docs.moodle.org/23/en/Course_files
If not, then this might help anyway : http://docs.moodle.org/23/en/Working_with_files
Here is the page for Legacy files http://docs.moodle.org/23/en/Legacy_course_files and here is the page for Server files - http://docs.moodle.org/23/en/Server_files_repository
Basically, legacy files are only available if you have upgraded from a 1.9 site where there was an area in each course for teachers to store and share files. In Moodle 2 files are attached to the section or activity they are uploaded into and not in a special area. But any teacher with access to several courses can access their files from those other courses by looking in Server files. Also -it is worth using Private files if you or your teachers like to keep a store of your own files in folders as you would on your computer and then only display them when you are ready to show them on the course page.
"But any teacher with access to several courses can access their files from those other courses by looking in Server files. Also -it is worth using Private files if you or your teachers like to keep a store of your own files in folders as you would on your computer and then only display them when you are ready to show them on the course page."
I want to make sure I understand this correctly. I have a department here at the university that wished to have a storage location for things they use in every one of their courses.
There will be more than one user working on the courses, so Private Files wouldn't be an option, would it? I've been reading about File System Repositories... is it possible to create one and then give access to it to a list of users?
"Private files wouldn't be an option" -correct. You could indeed set up a File system repository but then you would have to allow those departmental members FTP access to that repository and that's not something that many institutions wish to do. Depending on the nature of their files they could share a google docs or a dropbox account and use one of those repositories. Alternatively you could put them all in a "storage course" and let them use it to dump all the stuff they want for their other courses. The resources will then appear as an option in Server files.
Thanks for the response! Agreed, I would probably end up putting the files on my server for them. Are repositories set as either personal or 'everybody'... or can I make one available to a list of people?
Or are you thinking individual repos for each of the department members... that all point to the same dropbox account.
Sorry if I'm a bit dense... I'm new to this.