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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)

Setting up a Moodle hub

A Moodle or MNet hub is similar to a peer-to-peer network, with the only difference being that it accepts connections from multiple Moodle (and Mahara) servers. While this could be set up manually using several peer-to-peer connections, hub mode automatically accepts any hosts that try to connect to it. Potentially, this is a big time and maintenance saver, but at the cost of opening up your site to other Moodle instances.

A public learning portal with resources to be shared across many sites is typically implemented using hub mode. Each Moodle instance that wishes to access the portal must be configured to connect to the hub.

Once networking has been turned on, choose the Moodle site that will act as a hub and go to Site administration | Networking | Manage peers to turn on Register all hosts (promiscuous mode). Effectively, a hub is a regular Moodle site that operates in a special mode.

All hosts are treated like peer-to-peer sites, except the Review...