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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)

Managing Users, Cohorts, and Authentication

This chapter will teach you how to manage users in your Moodle system. We will first look at what information is stored for each user and how we can extend their profiles. We will then perform several standard user actions before dealing with cohorts. Finally, we will deal with a wide range of user authentication mechanisms. We will cover the following topics:

  • Understanding user profiles
  • Performing standard user actions (manual and bulk)
  • Creating user accounts manually (including batch upload)
  • Managing cohorts (including batch upload)
  • Configuring user authentication (internal, external, service providers, and system)

The following diagram shows a high-level overview of the aforementioned topics (users, cohorts, and authentication) and how they are connected:

Figure 5.1 – Users, courses, and authentication – a high-level overview

By the end of this chapter, you will be able...