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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)

Customizing Moodle’s appearance

We will kick off the customization of your Moodle system by covering its appearance elements. As shown in the overview of the chapter’s introduction, we have divided this part into six elements we will customize: login, home page, my courses, dashboard, user profile, and header.

Customizing the login

There are three (and a half) pathways to log in to Moodle. What’s that got to do with the look and feel of the LMS? The chosen workflow potentially impacts the layout and design of the home page because it can be shown before and after login.

Have a look at the pathways shown in the following diagram:

Figure 7.3 – Moodle login pathways

In the standard login workflow that has been activated by default, users navigate to the home page, select the Login link at the top right, log in to the site, and end up at the start page. To jump directly to the Login page, go to <yoursite>/login/index.php...