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Moodle 4 Administration - Fourth Edition

By : Alex Büchner
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Moodle 4 Administration - Fourth Edition

By: Alex Büchner

Overview of this book

This updated fourth edition of the classic Moodle Administration guide has been written from the ground up and covers all the new Moodle features in great breadth and depth. The topics have also been augmented with professional diagrams, illustrations, and checklists. The book starts by covering basic tasks such as how to set up and configure Moodle and perform day-to-day administration activities. You’ll then progress to more advanced topics that show you how to customize and extend Moodle, manage authentication and enrolments, and work with roles and capabilities. Next, you'll learn how to configure pedagogical and technical Moodle plugins and ensure your LMS complies with data protection regulations. Then, you will learn how to tighten Moodle’s security, improve its performance, and configure backup and restore procedures. Finally, you'll gain insights on how to compile custom reports, configure learning analytics, enable mobile learning, integrate Moodle via web services, and support different types of multi-tenancy. By the end of this book, you’ll be able to set up an efficient, fully fledged, and secure Moodle system.
Table of Contents (24 chapters)

Preparing your Moodle installation

Before you start installing Moodle, you have to decide which setup is right for your organization. Once you have decided, there are several hardware and software prerequisites you have to fulfill before you can get started.

Choosing your best setup

There are many different environments in which you can set up Moodle. The three main criteria that will help you determine the correct setup are as follows:

  • Flexibility: If you want to have complete control over your system, install plugins, be able to tweak system settings, and make frequent changes to the setup, you should host your own server. However, if your preferred choice is to only administer Moodle while somebody else is looking after the operating system, the web server, and backups, it is better to opt for a professionally-hosted setup, particularly the offerings provided by authorized Moodle Partners.
  • Scalability: This is entirely driven by the number of active learners and...