Thanks for any info you provide.
For me, Moodle's file management is a bit clunky, but the flip side is that its a small price to pay for access to the enormous range of very in-depth tolls Moodle offers, not to mention the community support forums and third party plug ins.
It's based on the PEAR/HTTP_Webdav_Server libraries, a quick Google search brings up this page. There's quite a lot of integration work done on security and restricting access but this hopefully will set you off on the right track.
...a new feature was added to the Ektron website which allows users to drag files from their desktop directly into a box on their homepage. This automatically uploads the file to the user's folder saving a few mouse clicks and menus. Is it possible to program this feature into Moodle?
Yes, we are making something like that now--similar to Rad Upload. It should be ready for Moodle ver. 1.9 in late February. It is called the Project Course Format, and it includes easy uploading and easy backup of topics/projects for teachers. One feature we are doing is an auto-resource creator, which is a Flash-based uploader into Moodle.
- click the "upload" button inside your topic
- select the files on your desktop or whereever
- click "go"
- files are automatically created as resources in your topic (auto-naming as well)
Hi Don, are you developing this from scratch or are you basing it on an existing flash client?
I'm asking because we are developing a Moodle based content repository/translation engine and we would like to add this functionality. You all might be interested in the translation tool?
yes, yes, yes...
We take our language file, make a copy of it and then change all the words in such a way, that they fit better in our wished use of Moodle..
But then the next version arrives...
So a tool where you can stay in sync with the mother language and let you only overrule words and helpfiles (also with an undo option?)
It even works from the browser!
Yes, I saw it on the tiddlywiki of Wyatts but it has not a front-end:
I would prefer three columns: one for EN, one for NL(Koen) and one for our local exceptions ONLY, so I an keep trac of our changes against new releases.. (Or did I miss some screens?)
Yes, we are developing the auto-resource uploader from scratch, actually with part of an opensource library in there. It does not translate, so yes, we are interested in your translation tools. It uses Flash to make the interface a little nicer. Due in February.
However, it is based on the Project Course Format, which is a complete makeover of how we think about course formats. Backup/restore is done by *topic* (or "project" in our PBL language). So we have created media folders per topic, not per course or site. To use this , you will have to adopt a topic-based thinking of storage. Very much based on IMS-LD concepts of UOL (Unit of Learning).
Phase 2, is a "Sharing Cart" which follows a teacher around to pick up individual pieces of courses throughout the site. Why we didn't do this years ago, I don't know. Fabulous and ultra-needed. Due in March.
We will be very, very interested in the content repository you are developing. Our team has put together a design of one that is not implemented, so we have lots of ideas, particularly in incentives, moderation, and community aspects.
Would it allow me to convert an existing topics format course to the new format seamlessly so I could then drag and drop new files into place?