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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)

Moodle security – an overview

Moodle takes security extremely seriously, and any potential issues are given the highest priority. Fixed vulnerabilities of serious issues usually trigger the release of minor versions, emphasizing the subject’s importance.

The following diagram illustrates the layers of a typical Moodle setup where the security of each component has to be ensured:

Figure 13.1 – Moodle security

The security of a system is as good as its weakest link. Since Moodle relies on underlying software, hardware, and network infrastructure, security can potentially be compromised in several areas. As this book focuses on Moodle administration, we only cover the security elements of Moodle per se. The following areas are not dealt with, and it is necessary to consult the respective documentation and experts on security issues:

  • Software: As described in Chapter 2, Exploring the Moodle System, Moodle’s key components...