So Moodle got sorted this week (though I still have a few missing students), so I'm now 'happily' transferring content from the Padlet sites. As this is mainly things like session slides (I'm not going to re-create old activities - that's way too time intensive) I have noticed just how awful Moodle is at just doing this. I would hasten to add that Blackboard is pretty bad at this too and - considering the main criticism of LMS/VLEs is that they are misused as content repositories most of the time - this is pretty damning.
Why so? It's that "drag 'n' drop" fetish which seems to infect every learning application. I put it down to the fact that when teachers are surveyed or interviewed by developers this is the only element they can articulate. They want something different, engaging, interesting but that's the only thing that they can give a description of. To be fair, why should they? I do wish developers would ask teachers what it is that makes students interact with course content and work from there.
But no, we get a fractionally faster way of uploading a file or an awkward way to create a mildly engaging quiz question/activity that gets old very quickly. Granted, Moodle does ask if I am uploading an image as a file attachment or for content display, but I won't be saving a lot of time there. And if I am adding files as an attachment I have a miserable time keeping them updated or synced, which means that the majority of teachers will "drag 'n' forget". Default file handling when the student clicks on a file is crude. And before Blackboard users tell me that WebDAV just synchronises your files from your desktop system then is a single desktop or a network drive you have difficulty accessing off campus really that useful? Not much take up by users either. You can see why offerings like Google Apps for education are proving very popular. Yes, there's our good friend DnD but it's the collaboration features and previewing that makes it useful for students and teachers.
Personally, I manage my working files in OneDrive (if you work on a Microsoft campus you'll have this under the corporate IT system) so all my attachments are now links to shared groups of files on OneDrive that syncs with my tablet and desktop(s). If I update a slide, every student can see the changes. They get to preview them easily too. I'm sure Google and OneDrive aren't the only games in town either.
In 2016, this isn't a lot to ask. Next time I'm asked to evaluate a VLE I'll be expecting this integration to be built in. And should I find "Drag 'n' Drop" touted as a major feature I'll be the one rolling on the floor in the corner.