If you are interested you can test that feature on http://moodle.opitaan.fi
You need two courses and two teachers.
Courses: Mickey Mouse's course, Donald Duck's course
In file manager there's a button "Go to shared directories". If you make Uploaded file resource, there's that same button.
This is a great idea. Have you tested this tool?
I found an other tool on your site: private message. How can I get this tool?
Directory tool is not tested heavily but I will share the code next week.
Uploaded a file in Donald Duck and made it share. Found it easily in Mickey Mouse. Works like advertised, very NICE feature. I see real possibilities for this before/if a DMS is included in Moodle. The publishing idea is very attractive if share resources were placed in read only public storage. They might then be available across Moodle's. Wonder about a tie-in between Private Message and Online Users? Maybe a number after your name in Online Users that indicates how many private messages you have waiting.
great feature! I've tried it with one resource and it works nice and simple! Having it working in other Moodle areas (quizzes, htmleditor?...) would be wonderful!
One only comments (for now ):
How do you see in the "owner of directories" course, what dirs are shared? Perhaps a different dir icon and/or an "unshare" text will be helpful.
Only one idea, congratulations and ciao.
The shared folders from other courses could just appear as normal folders in the main Files area (with a special icon and no "share" link on them) ... Floating the mouse over these could tell you what course they were shared from (using "title")
Clicking on them will take you into the folders and normal browsing/viewing.
I must say, I really like the potential simplicity of this dynamic way of sharing folders, Teemu ... it's one of those good ideas that seems obvious only AFTER someone thought of it, and they are the best kind.
The DMS should have this too, later.
If that's not enough, we 'll do something else. But I guess all these issues are moot until it's actually up and running.
I had to change those two passwords because this is the site I do all the programming. When the new version is ready I change the passwords again.
One file manager to rule them all