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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 courses

Courses are central to Moodle, as this is where content is presented to learners and most of the learning and collaboration takes place.

In the following sections, first, we will cover the two most essential learning elements of courses: resources and activities. Then, we will look at categories that organize courses hierarchically. Finally, you are going to create your first course.

Important note

Moodle is a course-centric system.

Resources and activities

Moodle manages activities and stores resources in courses, and this is where the vast majority of learning takes place:

  • Resources are learning elements where the learner is passive – for instance, a PDF document can be read, a URL can be navigated to, a podcast can be listened to, or a video can be watched
  • Activities are learning elements where the learner is active and more engaged – for example, posting to a discussion forum, responding to a feedback questionnaire...