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Moodle 4 Administration - Fourth Edition

By : Alex Büchner
Book Image

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)

Supporting multi-tenancy via categories

The simplest form of multi-tenancy is configuring your Moodle system so that a category represents a tenant. The following diagram illustrates this approach:

Figure 20.3 – Multi-tenancy via categories

A category represents a ring-fenced area (tenant) where courses are managed locally. Users can be assigned via category cohorts; that is, users can be members of multiple tenants.

You can assign a dedicated theme for each category, as we saw in Chapter 7, Enhancing Moodle’s Look and Feel. However, users won’t see that branding until they have logged in. A new category admin role should be created and the appropriate permissions granted accordingly – for instance, the ability to add subcategories and courses.

One main drawback of the category-based approach is that plugins can only be configured site-wide and not at the tenant (that is, category) level. You can bypass this limitation by using...