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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)

Exploring Moodle’s look and feel elements

Moodle can be fully customized in terms of layout, branding, and device support. It has to be stressed that certain aspects of changing the look and feel require advanced design skills. While you, as an administrator, can make some adjustments, getting a professional frontend designer involved will be necessary, especially when it comes to styling.

Before covering the three pillars of Moodle’s look and feel, let’s explore some key visual elements. It is not always obvious which page elements can be adjusted via settings (appearance) and which ones require styling (theme). Have a look at the following screenshot of the home page:

Figure 7.2 – Sample home page (Boost theme)

We have highlighted a few selected visual elements and annotated them with a feature that can be customized via appearance settings and one that can be adjusted by the theme (indicated by the color palette symbol). While...