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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)

Creating custom reports with the report generator

The report generator was initially implemented as part of Moodle Workplace, Moodle’s powerful and flexible learning platform for corporate training and workplace learning. Due to its popularity in Moodle’s commercial edition and its applicability across sectors, it was decided to port the report generator to Moodle 4. The stripped-down version has been adopted by Moodle and has proven to be a valuable addition to creating custom reports.

So, before we deal with data sources and report building, let’s explore the report generator.

Exploring the report generator

You might not have realized it, but you have already used reports in the previous 11 chapters! How? Well, Moodle has done something very smart: it uses internal reports for key features in Moodle. For example, the list of certificate templates in the Skills and incentives section in Chapter 9, Configuring Educational Features, is a report. The report...