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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)

Configuring communication tools

Communication is a key feature in Moodle as it enhances the learning experience of all users involved. Moodle supports synchronous and asynchronous communication, which has to be configured by the administrator and is the topic of this section. We have also added a small section on contacting support since it is perceived as a relevant communication topic in the Moodle administration context. Let’s start with synchronous communication.

Synchronous communication

We will cover two types of synchronous communication in Moodle: instant messaging and web conferencing, both of which will be discussed in the following subsections.

Configuring instant messaging (Chat)

Moodle’s inbuilt facility for instant messaging is the Chat activity, which is used in courses or on the home page. The configuration of the module is presented – I couldn’t resist – as a Moodle chat:

Figure 10.2 – Chat...