New for the Fall 2012 semester is integration between the “Classes Folders” on Middfiles and the Course Hub.
When you put files in the
SHARE/ folders of your class folder, a “Middfiles Class Folder” resource will automatically be added to your Course Hub site. This resource provides a link that allows students to easily browse the files without having to mount a network drive. There is nothing extra you need to do. Read on for more details.
Middfiles is now securely accessible via the web
This summer LIS added WebDAV support to Middfiles, a new feature that allows any Middfiles file or folder to be shared securely via a web-addressable URL. What this means is that you can now put links to files and folders into email, blogs, and websites. When a user clicks on the link they will be prompted to log in before their browser downloads the file. To try it out, go to https://middfiles.middlebury.edu/ and copy-paste a link to a file.
The other benefit of this new feature is that Middfiles can now be easily used as file repository by classes primarily using a blog or Moodle site. If you have large files to share that are too big for the blog or Moodle, just put them in Middfiles and copy-paste the https://middfiles.middlebury.edu/Classes/Fall12/…/… link to the file into the blog or Moodle site.
Course Hub / Middfiles integration
As mentioned above, the Course Hub now automatically creates a “Middfiles Class Folder” resource when you put files in the
SHARE/ sub-folders. This scan happens every few hours, so if you need the resource to appear more quickly, you can add it manually to the Course Hub.
In addition to providing the resource-link in the Course Hub sidebar, the Middfiles Resource provides a detail-view with the class-folder paths needed to map a drive to the class folder on either Windows or OS X. Class Folder PUBLIC_HTML/ sites
While LIS does not actively provide support for building static HTML websites, some instructors choose to build their own HTML websites and serve them out of the
PUBLIC_HTML/ sub-folder of the class-folder on Middfiles. If any files are placed in the
PUBLIC_HTML/ sub-folder a “Middfiles Public Website” resource will be automatically added to the Course Hub. If files are moved or removed from the
PUBLIC_HTML/ sub-folder the resource will automatically be removed.
Great work implementing this for the Hub. Thanks!
Wow Adam, this is a really useful feature! Thanks for working on it and sharing the news.
Agree! While the courses folder seems very old school, it is still a very efficient way to share files with students. Being able to add this to the course hub is an excellent development, and fits well with the philosophy of the course hub, which was to provide a single starting point that will link to an ever-changing array of choices. This fall, for example, students whose courses are using digital textbooks will have links to these textbooks from the course hub.