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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)

Organizing courses into categories

The role of the Moodle administrator is to manage categories and courses. This section provides an overview of course categories and introduces a running example before introducing all aspects of category management: creation, arrangement, and removal.

Providing an overview of course categories

In the previous chapter, we briefly introduced the concept of categories, which act as containers for courses. They can have subcategories, which can further have sub-subcategories, and so on.

There are different ways of organizing course and category hierarchies – for instance, by department, subject area, or semester. The following figure shows two different category hierarchies representing the same organization:

Figure 4.2 – Example category hierarchies

As you can see, each hierarchy represents the same information but in different forms. There is no right or wrong way to organize your categories and courses...