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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)

Using backup and restore for alternative tasks

While the prime purpose of backups is the recovery of data in case of loss, some applications can be carried out using the techniques covered in this chapter. We will briefly describe two of them: year-end procedure and course templates.

Planning the year-end procedure

Most organizations have some sort of year-end procedure in place, which might be at the end of an academic year, a term, the financial year, or, in the case of roll-on-roll-off setups, every month. Given the nature and importance of the procedure, each step should be planned well in advance. The key considerations are as follows:

  • When do you run the year-end procedure?
  • What has to be done?
  • Who is involved?
  • Where will the archives go?

The following is a list of typical steps that might or might not apply to your setup. It gives you an idea of how such a procedure may look and demonstrates the importance of the backup facility:

  1. Archive...