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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)

Understanding user profiles

Other than guests, each user has a profile containing information about them. We will first deal with the information stored for each user and how it is organized in Moodle.

You can view your own profile by selecting the Profile item in the drop-down menu beside your name at the top of the screen. Click on the Edit profile link in the User details section to change your profile details. To modify the profiles of other users, click on the Edit icon beside their name by navigating to Site administration | Users | Accounts | Browse list of users.

Profile fields

Moodle user profiles are divided into pre-defined categories, which cannot be changed via the Moodle user interface:

  • General: Standard user fields
  • User picture: Image of the user
  • Additional names: Phonetic name, middle name, and alternate name
  • Interests: Tags for networking activities
  • Optional: Additional user information

In addition to these static profile field...