You might have heard that the File system in Moodle 2.0 is much changed from the current deployments.  It’s been a point of contention for some, but in general is designed to cut down the size and bloat of course backup files and Moodle sites (by allowing easy reuse of materials across a Moodle site).  Without using it on a daily basis, I’m hesitant to come down on either side.  What I can say though is the ease by which I will be able to link to swap out files and update course resources across multiple course versions will be a GREAT time saver (and I’m generally looking forward to jumping into it once 2.0 is released).  As Mark’s pointed out though, is that Moodle 2.0 will come with a “Legacy Course Files” option which will allow courses to have their own “folder”…just like your current Moodle classroom.

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For more information on the Legacy Course Files for Moodle 2.0 checkout

In any event, Mark Drechsler (@markdrechsler) has created a nice presentation (actually two) which highlights the differences between the two file systems (1.9 and previous vs. 2.0 and beyond) in a comical, easy to digest “conversation”.  Check out his blog for both parts (part 1 | part 2) or see the presentation embedded below.

Mark raises a good point about the Legacy File System: just because it’s available, doesn’t mean you should enable it.

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  1. Thanks for the moodle adventures. In reviewing what’s been done with the file management in Moodle 2.0, I strongly feel that the software has been made to compensate for people’s bad habits, creating a non-intuitive method that does not complement practice in other environments–such as file management in Windows, Mac OS’s, or even back end management of websites. The fact that any resource added using the resource drop down gets its OWN folder, seems overkill. Then if you embed resources in a section’s label header (but not subsequent labels in that section), the item gets filed in the “course sections” folders.

    As a result, I am trying to establish a common repository structure in a template for my faculty working with our resident Moodle guru 7 programmer. We should know this week if we can set-up a “file” management via “repositories” that would be more complementary to common practice in file management. That said, I will advocate the use of the M 2.0 file management when activities & such should have unidentifiable URLs to prevent assessments being compromised (though “conditions” can also be used).


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