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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’s predefined roles

Moodle comes with several predefined roles. These standard roles are suitable for most educational setups, but some institutions require modifications to be made to the roles system to tailor Moodle to their specific needs.

Each role has capabilities for several actions that can be carried out. For example, an administrator and a course creator can create new courses, whereas all the other roles are denied this right. Likewise, a teacher is allowed to moderate forums, whereas students can only contribute to them.

The description of each standard role and the short names that are used, internally and in operations, such as user batch upload, are listed in the following table (taken from Site administration | User | Permissions | Define roles):

Figure 6.2 – Moodle’s predefined roles

Moodle Workplace has various extra roles to handle its business-oriented audience, such as tenant administrator, certification...