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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 roles

Roles define what users can or cannot see and do in your Moodle system. Moodle comes with several predefined roles – we already saw Student and Teacher – but it also allows us to create our own roles – for instance, guardians or external assessors.

Putting roles into context

Each role has a specific scope (called its context), defined by a set of permissions (expressed as capabilities). For example, a teacher is allowed to grade an assignment, whereas a student isn’t. Alternatively, a student is allowed to submit an assignment, whereas a teacher isn’t.

Important note

A role is assigned to a user in a context.

Okay, so what is a context? A context is a ring-fenced area in Moodle where roles can be assigned to users. A user can be assigned different roles in different contexts. The context can be a course, a category, an activity module, another user, a block, the home page, or Moodle itself. For instance, you are...