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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)

Creating courses

Courses are fundamental in Moodle. Learners and trainers spend most of their time in courses since this is where teaching, learning, and collaboration take place.

Important note

We have mentioned it before, but because it is critical to administering Moodle, here it goes again: Moodle is a course-centric system!

Before we start creating our first course, let’s briefly look at a typical course creation workflow.

Course creation workflows

Different types of organizations offer different types of courses. Courses in a school are usually linked to a syllabus, whereas courses a commercial online provider offers are driven by a catalog or provided on an ad hoc basis. However, several steps are common in most course creation workflows, shown in the following diagram, where the top row shows the tasks to be carried out and the bottom row the role that is usually responsible:

Figure 4.11 – A typical course creation workflow...