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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)

Configuring blocks

Every page we have come across so far contains blocks. In fact, bearing a few exceptions, every page in Moodle can contain blocks. You must switch to Edit mode and open the block drawer to configure blocks. Once turned on, you will see the Add a block item, which lets you add all the available blocks to the home page (except the ones that have already been added and only allow a single instance):

Figure 7.13 – Adding blocks to the block drawer

Every block has a purpose usually tied to a particular Moodle feature, for instance, showing deadlines in the calendar, getting access to the user’s private files, or showing the latest announcements. An exception is the Text block that lets you add any HTML code, useful for content that cannot be displayed using standard Moodle blocks.

Throughout the book, we deal with specific blocks whenever they are relevant to the covered topic. Here, we focus on the block configuration.