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  1. Moodle
  2. MDL-9134

Need a good solution to the problem of sharing files and resources among courses

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    • Type: Bug
    • Status: Closed
    • Priority: Critical
    • Resolution: Fixed
    • Affects Version/s: 1.6.3
    • Fix Version/s: 2.0
    • Component/s: Resource
    • Labels:
      None
    • Affected Branches:
      MOODLE_16_STABLE
    • Fixed Branches:
      MOODLE_20_STABLE

      Description

      Quoting Joseph Rezeau in discussion http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=65049

      "Unfortunately there is at the moment no single user-friendly solution for sharing resources (not just files) across courses in Moodle. This is for me the most serious flaw in Moodle. I am satisfied with none of the solutions that are proposed whenever this "sharing of resources" question crops up (which is quite frequently)."

      The most commonly suggested "solutions" are

      Metacourses
      Resources in metacourses are not transparently available to child courses
      (students must first enter the metacourse to see the resources).

      Copying (e.g., backup/restore or import)
      It is a waste of time and resources to replicate the same file to several
      courses. It is also poses a maintenance problem when such files need to
      be updated. Can we all please agree that copying is not sharing?

      Site files
      "Files placed here can be accessed by anyone"

      Using symbolic links to a common repository (e.g., MDL-9036)

      In discussion http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=61709#p305890
      Neil Turner (a new user) asks

      "So is this a design flaw in the sense that the general requirements of the end
      users problem domain were not analysed well enough to identify the need for this
      feature? Is it by design (for some reason I can't appreciate), is it an identified
      but unfulfilled requirement, or is it an implementation problem? Is it or will it
      be addressed?

      "I started trying to set up Moodle 2 days ago and as a complete novice ran straight
      into this issue as my first real problem. As I imagined (and this is supported by
      the other posters here) I am not alone. I don't want to waste time uploading the
      same file to several locations and I don't want to waste valuable web space. It
      is also poses a maintenance problem when a file that has been uploaded to several
      locations needs to be updated.

      "Is the use of a metacourse a workaround or is it by design? At this stage I am now
      beginning to doubt whether using Moodle is a good idea. I will have to start looking
      around the site for information about other "frequently asked" about limitations.
      Maybe this is one of very few glaring ommissions but it's disappointing that something
      so obvious to the end user (ask any classroom teacher about the problems of sharing
      resources) has not been identified or addressed by the system developers."

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                  Fix Release Date:
                  24/Nov/10