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Moodle 4 Administration - Fourth Edition

By : Alex Büchner
Book Image

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)

Updating Moodle

We provided an overview of Moodle’s release calendar earlier in this chapter. There is usually no need to install every single minor point release; however, there are several scenarios when you should upgrade your Moodle system:

  • Security patches have been issued
  • New features have been added
  • Bugs have been fixed that affect your setup
  • A major version is released
  • The support cycle of your setup comes to an end

There are principally two ways Moodle systems can be updated: you can run updates manually (using the web interface or the CLI) or stay up to date using Git commands. Both procedures will be described in this section.

Either way, before you start, ensure you put Moodle in maintenance mode to ensure that no other user is logged in during the update. Go to Site administration | Server | Maintenance mode, choose Enable for Maintenance mode, and enter a maintenance message:

Figure 1.16 – Enabling...