Our AP Language Spanish teachers are doing an assignment this week where the students listen to a variety of classic songs. This year, we have uploaded them into Moodle both as individual mp3 tracks and a .zip containing the entire set. This caters to students with different sets of listening technologies. Some students will listen to the files individually during free periods at school. Others will listen through broadband connections at home. Some enterprising students will transfer the files to their iPods. Others will be able to burn a CD of the entire set at school or ask the teacher to do it for them. This should cover the range of student needs for this assignment.
On the technical side, I ripped and converted the songs in iTunes and used the International English language pack for Windows to write the file names and track information with correct accent marks. Rather than use Moodle’s file upload feature, which is limited by the upload limit set in the PHP configuration script, I copied the files directly to our web server through the network. This is yet another advantage of hosting an internal web site on-site or having a dedicated media server. The different file type icons of Moodle are really helpful — even better than Plone’s. They even have an icon for zip files.