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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)


This chapter taught you how to protect your Moodle system from potential misuse and to keep a regular check on its security. To summarize, here is a short list of best practices in the following checklist. While this list is by no means complete, it gives an indication of the elements you are responsible for as a Moodle administrator:

Figure 13.12 – Moodle security best practices

It is important to stress that Moodle’s security is only a single variable in the overall equation. Ensure that all other underlying software, infrastructure, and hardware components are set up correctly as well.

It is also important to stress the importance of an emergency plan if a security threat arises. This includes a strategy for identifying the problem, measures to resolve the situation, and a list of users to notify, among others.

Most Moodle systems run on the LAMP platform, which has proven to be very secure if configured correctly. Moodle’...