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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)

Optimizing Moodle feature performance

The title of this section is slightly misleading because optimizing Moodle features effectively means limiting its functionality. Suggestions in this section have a positive impact on performance but a potentially negative impact on user functionality. While some features might be dispensable (for instance, statistics), others should be non-negotiable, such as backups.

We have grouped Moodle features in the performance optimization context into Moodle functions and Moodle activities.

Optimizing Moodle functions

In this subsection, we have collected some Moodle tools that impact the performance of your LMS. Most of the following functions have been dealt with elsewhere in this book, and we provide links to the respective chapters:

  • Course backups: As you will learn in the next chapter, course backups hurt performance during execution, especially on larger systems. If possible, schedule the backup procedure when the load on the overall...