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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)

Understanding Moodle networking

Learning management systems are usually standalone systems. But learning is a lot about communication and collaboration, and MNet overcomes this limitation by providing a powerful facility to establish logical links among multiple Moodle sites.

Moodle Docs contains a very well-written page on MNet, and this chapter follows the document in part:

The following two networking topologies are supported:

  • Peer-to-peer: This layout connects two Moodle systems directly. This topology is favorable if you have two partnering organizations or one site that offers courses in which students from another site wish to enrol.
  • Moodle hub: A hub is a Moodle server (known as the MNet hub) that’s been configured to accept connections from other Moodle servers and provide services to users of these remote servers. This topology is favorable if you have a portal for sharing learning resources or courses.

The two topologies...