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Comprehensive Manual for Moodle Administrator

This extract will help you learn how to manage roles and grant permissions to users in different contexts.
http://www.packtpub.com/files/moodle-administration-sample-chapter-chapter-6-roles-and-permissions.pdf

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We will cover the assignment of roles, the modification of existing roles and the creation of new roles before we deal with any role-related settings. You would learn what roles are and how they are applied in different contexts. We then covered the modification of existing roles before creating our own custom roles, such as Parent, Inspector, or Librarian. Finally, we looked at the management of administrative role-related settings. Getting your head around the roles concept in Moodle is vital if you wish to add/remove functionality for a distinct group of users. As always, there is a trade-off between the complexity of such a system and its flexibility. While you can argue about the user-friendliness of the roles system, it has certainly proven to be one of the most powerful additions to Moodle when it was introduced back in version 1.7. The interconnection among courses, users, and roles is crucial. Once this has been set up and configured properly, your Moodle is technically ready to go. Moodle comes with a number of predefined roles. These standard roles are suitable for some educational setups, but most institutions require modifications to the roles’ system in order to tailor Moodle to their specific needs. Each role has permissions for a number of actions that can be carried out in Moodle. For example, an administrator and a course creator are able to create new courses, whereas all other roles are denied this right. Likewise, a teacher is allowed to moderate forums, whereas students are only allowed to contribute to them. Moodle has evolved from an academic project to the world’s most popular Virtual Learning Environment. During this evolution its complexity has risen dramatically, and so have the skills that are required to administer the system. There is plenty of literature for Moodle course creators. With the exception of some disparate online resources, there hasn’t been any Moodle

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