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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)

The power of third-party plugins

A plethora of third-party Moodle software exists that adds new functionality, fixes shortcomings, or integrates Moodle with external systems and cloud services. Let’s start with an overview of third-party software.

Moodle ships with a comprehensive set of core plugins. While the provided functionalities sufficiently satisfy a majority of use cases, there is a growing demand for additional software. Also, requirements change over time, and new functionalities are needed in your Moodle system.

Due to Moodle’s open source nature and modularity, it is relatively straightforward for developers to add new functionality or modify existing features. These can range from minor modifications (patches) or hacks to full-blown modules. You can access the plugin directory by visiting, which contains all the approved non-core plugins (and themes).

You have three options to navigate through the plugin directory:

  • Using...