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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 multi-tenancy

What exactly is multi-tenancy? In a Moodle context, multi-tenancy can be defined as follows.

Important note

In a Moodle multi-tenancy setup, separate entities or instances (tenants) are administered centrally, where specific features are devolved and managed locally.

The following radial diagram shows a simplistic high-level view of Moodle multi-tenancy:

Figure 20.1 – Moodle multi-tenancy: a high-level view

Two critical high-level questions need answering when it comes to multi-tenancy:

  • Which features are handled centrally, and which are delegated – that is, dealt with at the tenant level?
  • Which elements can be shared across tenants (if any)?

These questions are critical because the answers determine what type of multi-tenancy is suitable for your organization.

Let’s drill down further to the two dimensions – features and sharing – in a Moodle context, as illustrated...