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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)

Configuring collaboration tools

One of Moodle’s many advantages is its built-in support for collaboration among learners and instructors. This ranges from several collaborative course activities, such as Forum, Wiki, Glossary, and Database, the ability to run activities in group mode, and support for groupings. Additionally, there are three social tools in Moodle that have to be configured by the administrator: blogs, comments, and tags. We will discuss these in the following subsections.

Configuring blogs

The blogging mechanism provided to users in Moodle allows them to create personal and public entries and posts relating to courses.

Important note

Blogs are a means for users to express themselves either in the form of a learning journal or as a personal account of events.

As an administrator, you must ensure that Enable blogs is turned on in Site administration | General | Advanced features. Next, you should navigate to Site administration | Appearance | Blog...