Linking Moodle to SwitchDrive

Moodle
Moodle Learner Management System
SwitchDrive
Switch Cloud Storage

We have been long looking for a way to link Moodle and SwitchDrive, which is based on OwnCloud technology.

There was for a time, a solution which was produced by Münster University, however, they withdrew their support, and users were left to either rely on a plugin produced by the NextCloud community, or the old unsupported plugin from Münster.

After some consultation, I raised a Tracker ticket with the Moodle community to request that Moodle themselves adopt the OwnCloud Münster produced plugin. There was one main reason for this: it provided for for linking rather than simply importing the file from the cloud repository. The linking concept has the huge advantage that the file remains dynamic, by which I mean that when you update it on your laptop, it will automatically be updated in Moodle, thus students will always have access to the latest version of the file.

I am glad to report that we have made huge progress, and that Moodle did take on my request, and have now finished the initial development phase meaning that the code is almost ready to be launched with the next update of the application.

I shall keep everyone advised as to how this will roll out, but the feature will be available in all Moodle platforms in due course.

E-Assessment

The FHNW has set up a Moodle application on which you should undertake ALL e-assessment where the assessment leads to a grade being used to form part of or all of a final grade for a module.

In order for you to be able to do this, you will need to know a number of things:

  1. Where the Moodle application is located. It is here: https://moodle.assessment.fhnw.ch/course/view.php?id=257
  2. How do students access the application. This should be done by advising them of the link to the assessment module in Moodle.
  3. You will need to set security accordingly, this means setting access rights, dates, times etc. separately from those you have set in your main Moodle course.
  4. The module will need to be created manually as there is as yet no way for “Evento” to create a course automatically.
  5. I, Paul Raper, am the person responsible for assisting you with this task.

As more information becomes available, I shall post it here.