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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)

Working with Moodle Admin Tools

Moodle ships with several administration tools that have not been allocated to a particular topic; some are not even directly accessible via the familiar admin web interface.

Figure 17.1 – Moodle admin tools

We have grouped the admin tools into the following categories, each presented in a separate section:

  • Site admin presets: Presets allow you to create backups of site settings that can be rolled back in case something goes wrong.
  • Database tools: These tools let you apply specific database actions. In addition to the tools part of Moodle core, we will cover a useful external tool called Adminer that lets you manage the underlying database directly from within Moodle.
  • Command Line Interface (CLI): The CLI is a built-in mechanism that allows us to automate administrative processes via the command line or shell scripts.
  • Moosh: A powerful alternative to the CLI, Moosh is the third-party Moodle Shell....