Moodle 3 Administration - Third Edition

An administrator’s guide to configuring, securing, customizing, and extending Moodle

Moodle 3 Administration - Third Edition

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Alex Büchner

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An administrator’s guide to configuring, securing, customizing, and extending Moodle
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ISBN 139781783289714
Paperback492 pages

Book Description

Moodle is the de facto standard for open source learning platforms. However, setting up and managing a learning environment can be a complex task since it covers a wide range of technical, organizational, and pedagogical topics. This ranges from basic user and course management, to configuring plugins and design elements, all the way to system settings, performance optimization, events frameworks, and so on.

This book concentrates on basic tasks such as how to set up and configure Moodle and how to perform day-to-day administration activities, and progresses on to more advanced topics that show you how to customize and extend Moodle, manage courses, cohorts, and users, and how to work with roles and capabilities. You’ll learn to configure Moodle plugins and ensure your VLE conforms to pedagogical and technical requirements in your organization. You’ll then learn how to integrate the VLE via web services and network it with other sites, including Mahara, and extend your system via plugins and LTI. By the end of this book, you will be able to set up an efficient, fully fledged, and secure Moodle system.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Moodle Installation
Moodle installation – an overview
Installation in a LAMP environment
Installation in a Windows environment
Installation in a Mac OS X environment
Installation via the Command Line Interface
Updating Moodle
Summary
Chapter 2: The Moodle System
Moodle architecture
Finding your way around in Moodle
File management
Summary
Chapter 3: Courses, Users, and Roles
A high-level overview
Moodle courses
Moodle users
Moodle roles
Summary
Chapter 4: Course Management
Course categories
Creating courses
Forms of enrolment
Summary
Chapter 5: User Management
User profiles
Standard user actions
Manual accounts
Cohorts
User authentication
Usernames – best practice
Summary
Chapter 6: Managing Permissions – Roles and Capabilities
Moodle predefined roles
Contexts
Assigning roles
Capabilities
Roles management
Summary
Chapter 7: Moodle Look and Feel
An overview of the look and feel
Site versus Dashboard
Customizing your front page
Moodle themes
The Moodle editor
Accessibility
Summary
Chapter 8: Moodle Plugins
Plugins – an overview
Module plugins
Moodle repositories
Moodle portfolios
Miscellaneous plugins
Installing third-party plugins
Good add-ons and bad add-ons
Summary
Chapter 9: Moodle Configuration
Collaboration
Configuring and managing badges
Supporting the LTI consumers and producers
Localization
Grades and gradebook settings
Miscellaneous educational settings
Communication
Experimental settings
Summary
Chapter 10: Moodle Logging and Reporting
Moodle's logging framework
An overview of reporting
Moodle's reporting facilities
Statistics

Report generation
Data analysis
Miscellaneous reports
Summary
Chapter 11: Moodle Security and Privacy
Security – an overview
Security notifications
User security
Data and content security
System security
Moodle privacy
Summary
Chapter 12: Moodle Performance and Optimization
An overview of performance and optimization
The Moodle content
Moodle Universal Cache
The Moodle system settings
Moodle performance profiling and monitoring
Summary
Chapter 13: Backup and Restore
The course-level backup and restore
Site-level backups
System-level backups
Uses of backup and restore
Summary
Chapter 14: Moodle Admin Tools
Web-based admin tools
Command Line Interface (CLI)
Moosh – the Moodle shell
Moodle Adminer
Summary
Chapter 15: Moodle Integration
Web services overview
Web services in Moodle
Enabling web services for external systems
Enabling web services for users
The Moodle mobile web service
Summary
Chapter 16: Moodle Networking
Networking overview
Networking prerequisites and security
Peer-to-peer networks
Moodle hubs
Integrating Mahara or Totara Social
The Moodle Community Hub (Moodle.net)
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Install and update Moodle on multiple platforms manually and via CLI and GIT
  • Manage courses and categories, users and cohorts, as well as roles
  • Get Moodle hooked up to repositories, portfolios, and open badges
  • Configure Moodle for mobile usage, accessibility, localization, communication, and collaboration
  • Guarantee backups, security and privacy, and achieve maximum performance via the Moodle Universal Cache and the new cron system
  • Configure the Moodle events system to generate comprehensive reports, statistics, and learn analytics
  • Network Moodle with Mahara and extend it with third-party add-ons and via LTI
  • Customize Moodle web services to enable mobile learning and integration with other IT systems

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Moodle Installation
Moodle installation – an overview
Installation in a LAMP environment
Installation in a Windows environment
Installation in a Mac OS X environment
Installation via the Command Line Interface
Updating Moodle
Summary
Chapter 2: The Moodle System
Moodle architecture
Finding your way around in Moodle
File management
Summary
Chapter 3: Courses, Users, and Roles
A high-level overview
Moodle courses
Moodle users
Moodle roles
Summary
Chapter 4: Course Management
Course categories
Creating courses
Forms of enrolment
Summary
Chapter 5: User Management
User profiles
Standard user actions
Manual accounts
Cohorts
User authentication
Usernames – best practice
Summary
Chapter 6: Managing Permissions – Roles and Capabilities
Moodle predefined roles
Contexts
Assigning roles
Capabilities
Roles management
Summary
Chapter 7: Moodle Look and Feel
An overview of the look and feel
Site versus Dashboard
Customizing your front page
Moodle themes
The Moodle editor
Accessibility
Summary
Chapter 8: Moodle Plugins
Plugins – an overview
Module plugins
Moodle repositories
Moodle portfolios
Miscellaneous plugins
Installing third-party plugins
Good add-ons and bad add-ons
Summary
Chapter 9: Moodle Configuration
Collaboration
Configuring and managing badges
Supporting the LTI consumers and producers
Localization
Grades and gradebook settings
Miscellaneous educational settings
Communication
Experimental settings
Summary
Chapter 10: Moodle Logging and Reporting
Moodle's logging framework
An overview of reporting
Moodle's reporting facilities
Statistics

Report generation
Data analysis
Miscellaneous reports
Summary
Chapter 11: Moodle Security and Privacy
Security – an overview
Security notifications
User security
Data and content security
System security
Moodle privacy
Summary
Chapter 12: Moodle Performance and Optimization
An overview of performance and optimization
The Moodle content
Moodle Universal Cache
The Moodle system settings
Moodle performance profiling and monitoring
Summary
Chapter 13: Backup and Restore
The course-level backup and restore
Site-level backups
System-level backups
Uses of backup and restore
Summary
Chapter 14: Moodle Admin Tools
Web-based admin tools
Command Line Interface (CLI)
Moosh – the Moodle shell
Moodle Adminer
Summary
Chapter 15: Moodle Integration
Web services overview
Web services in Moodle
Enabling web services for external systems
Enabling web services for users
The Moodle mobile web service
Summary
Chapter 16: Moodle Networking
Networking overview
Networking prerequisites and security
Peer-to-peer networks
Moodle hubs
Integrating Mahara or Totara Social
The Moodle Community Hub (Moodle.net)
Summary

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ISBN 139781783289714
Paperback492 pages
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