New Block – Private Files

In discussions with Moodle 1.x users, one topic that was often discussed was the lack of a place for students to just store files. Although there are many ways that you could set up activities to enable students share files, with wikis, or forums, and even file sharing databases.  However, there was no private file area for students to store their own files privately.

Many Institutions have implemented GoogleDocs, or Live@Edu for their students to help remedy this issue, and some have come up with other solutions such as web interfaces to their local network drives. All of these options work, but are not core Moodle and didnt allow for easy submission and use of those files.

You will be glad to know, that has all changed with Moodle 2.0. Now you can add a block to the site to enable a user to manage their own private files. The block allows the user to:

  • Create and Delete folders
  • Zip folders and their files
  • Upload a file
  • Rename a file
  • Delete a files

It is also very handy that now before you leave the course, you can also select Download ALL to download the whole private files area.

The following video takes a brief look at the basic functionality of this block. Taking you through the basic file admin tasks that you may need to do.

So as you can see, a users life is about to become much easier in managing their documents, both in Moodle and outside of Moodle in repositories.

Roll on Moodle 2.0

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