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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)

Moodle plugins – an overview

Moodle is a (very) modular system – that’s what the M in Moodle stands for, after all – and most of Moodle’s functionality has been implemented as modules, called plugins.

Important note

Moodle plugins are modules that provide some specific, usually ring-fenced, functionality.

Navigate to the Plugins tab in the Site administration area. You will find two menu items dealing with installing and managing plugins before all plugin types are shown underneath.

Let’s get started with Plugins overview, which displays a list of all the installed plugins. The information shown for each plugin includes the following:

  • Plugin name: The official name of the plugin.
  • Component name: A unique internal identifier, shown underneath the plugin name.
  • Version: The plugin version number, in date format. Some third-party plugins also show the supported Moodle version.
  • Availability: Enabled or disabled.
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