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In this course, author Chris Mattia helps educators create online courses that complement classroom-based instruction and foster student interaction using the free learning management system Moodle. The course details the basics of setting up a test environment, disseminating course information, creating forums, and assessing student progress. Tutorials on building course materials with Moodle's built-in HTML editor, preparing and posting various types of media, uploading assignments, and evaluating tests automatically are also included.
Let's go ahead and set up a Dropbox repository for our user. The first thing we're going to need to do is make sure that we're logged in to our Moodle server as the Administrator user. So, log out if you're currently logged in, log in as Admin, and use the password 12345 if you're following along with me. When your admin page loads, simply scroll down to the bottom of the left-hand column and in the Settings block click on the link for Site administration. Then scroll down again until you find the section for Plugins.
Click on the links for Plugins. You may need to scroll down again and find Repositories. In the Repository section, click on the link from Manage repositories. This is where all the repositories are managed for your Moodle Server. Again, you must be a Moodle administrator in order to access this section. Currently, you can see that there are a couple of repositories that are already configured for you: Server files, Upload a file, Recent files, and Private files. These are the ones that you've been seeing all along in your standard File picker.
Go ahead and scroll down on the page until you find the section for Dropbox. In the dropdown menu to the right of Dropbox click the dropdown menu and select Enabled and visible. This will take you to the Dropbox confirmation and configuration page. You're asked to enter in a Dropbox API key and a Dropbox secret. In order to enter these files, we need to go to the Dropbox web service and create that information. So, in your browser, press Command+T or Ctrl+T to open a new tab and then go to the Dropbox site.
Go to www.dropbox.com. If you do not already have a Dropbox account, or if you're not sure exactly what Dropbox is, they have a video right here that you can watch and you can download the Dropbox application and install it locally on your machine. I've already gone ahead and done these steps, and you can tell that I've got the Dropbox application installed because in the upper right-hand corner you can see the small Dropbox icon up here. If you don't already have an account, you can click the Login link in the upper right, and there is a link for Create account, and you can create a free Dropbox account.
Once you have your Dropbox account, go ahead and click the Login dropdown menu and log in to your account. I am going to log in to mine, which is firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll type in my password, and I'll click the Login button. Now that I am logged in to my Dropbox account, I can scroll all the way to the very bottom of the page and I can see the links that are down here in the footer section of the Dropbox site. The link that we're looking for is the link for Developers.
It's in the Community column, down near the bottom. So, go ahead and click on the link for Developers and this will take us to a page that will explain information about the API. There is links for information and announcements, a Quick start guide to get you going, and then a section for My apps. This is the place that we want to begin with. So, go ahead click on the link for My apps and this will take us to the Dropbox API access. There is a User License Agreement, or ULA, that you need to read through and then check the box that says "I agree with the Dropbox Developer terms and conditions" and click the Submit button.
Next, all you need to do is click the button that says Create an App. We give the application a name. In this case, I am going to call mine MoodleESST, for Essential Training, for Teachers. In the Description, I am going to go ahead and type in "Moodle Essential Training for Teachers Test Site." Hit the Create button and your new application information is all created for you, and you'll see right here in the top section you'll see a link for App key and App secret.
The information that's listed inside of these two sections is the information that we need to add into our Moodle server. Now, one word of caution: what we've created here is a test account into our Dropbox account. So, currently anyone who uses this application key will only be able to link to your own personal Dropbox account. If you're a Moodle administrator and you want a truly set this Dropbox repository up for all users on your server, then what you would need to do is after you've gone through testing to make sure that the application works, you would come back into this page and you would then click on the link for Apply for a production status license.
You'll have a few more questions that you'll have to answer about your server and then once that is done and your application has been approved, then Dropbox will be available to all of your users. But for the purposes of this video training series, what we've got set up here will work just fine for us. So, go ahead and select all of the information that's listed in blue under the App key section and simply press Command+C, or Ctrl+C, on your keyboard to copy that to the clipboard. Then we're just going to click back over to the first tab in our browser where we have our Moodle site set up, and we're going to click into the section for Dropbox API key and press Command+V, or Ctrl+V, to paste that information in.
Let's click back into our Dropbox tab and this time select the text in the App secret, press Command+C, or Ctrl+C, to copy it, go back over to your Moodle course, go back into the Dropbox secret, and press Command+V, or Ctrl+V, to paste that in. When you're finished, go ahead and click the Save button. Okay, your Dropbox should now be properly configured in your Manage repositories section. In the next movie, we will show you how to go ahead and put this into practice.
So, in order to get into that movie, you can now go up to the upper right-hand corner and click the Logout button and safely log out of Moodle. And in the next movie, we will log back in as our teacher account and step through how to use this Dropbox repository.
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