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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)

Exploring Moodle admin tools

Moodle’s classification of what constitutes an admin tool is a little vague. When you navigate to Site administration | Plugins | Admin tools | Manage admin tools, a long list of plugins is shown:

Figure 17.2 – Moodle admin tools

We can group admin tools into the following categories:

  • Conversion tools: These tools are usually only applied once to migrate a feature from an old state to its current counterpart. Examples are the HTTPS conversion tool (see Chapter 13, Ensuring Moodle Security) and Multilang upgrade (see Chapter 10, Configuring Technical Features).
  • Database tools: These are tools to work with Moodle’s underlying database. We have dedicated an entire section to database tools in this chapter.
  • Development tools: These tools are aimed at Moodle programmers – for instance, Acceptance testing (Behat), PHPUnit tests, and the XMLDB editor. You came across a development tool in Chapter...