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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)

Avoiding Sleepless Nights – Moodle Backup and Restore

Your Moodle application will contain important data such as coursework, assignments, grades, and all administrative data, for example, users, cohorts, and roles. Therefore, you must have a good backup strategy in place.

Preparing for the unexpected is always a good strategy when dealing with information systems, and having well-preserved backups allows for full application recovery upon unexpected hardware or software failures. Systems are not expected to fail, but there’s always a possibility for failure, and a good strategy for fast recovery ensures a low impact on users. This chapter presents strategies and options for managing backups and auto-backups of your data.

Moodle itself supports two types of backups:

  • Course-level backups: Course backups are usually ad hoc and only archive the selected course. You will learn how to create course backups, restore courses, and copy course content using the related...