Join George Papazian for an in-depth discussion in this video Familiarizing yourself with the administrative controls, part of Moodle Administration Essential Training.
- Having successfully completed our first Moodle installation, in this chapter we're gonna familiarize ourselves with Moodle's administrative controls. The first thing I need to do is log in to Moodle. Before doing that, I'm gonna go to the correct URL, and as you can see, I'm already here. In my case, that's localhost/gols. Remember for you, that might be a different name after localhost if you've named your folder differently. If you've browsed to the correct address and still don't see this page, it may be the case that your server isn't running. In any case, let's just make sure it is.
I'll pull up the XM Control Panel. I can see that these two buttons say Stop, which means that the server is already running. So we're good to go. Let's head back to Moodle's login page. Over here on Moodle's Home page, I can see a partial dashboard, but to see all the features, I'm gonna have to log in by clicking on Log in. Now I just need to add my Username and Password. My Username was set to admin during the installation, and now I'll paste in the Password I had created with strongpasswordgenerator.com. I'll click this box here as well, so next time my computer remembers my Username and Password to make the authentication process quicker.
And now I'll log in. I'll click Save password here as well, so that Chrome itself auto-completes my password next time I log in. Now I've logged in as the original user I created. This makes me a master administrator, or super user. What we see is a simple, clean interface that shows the full administrative dashboard. The first thing to get familiar with in Moodle are these panels, or what are called blocks. Blocks are darker grey areas, typically on the left and right sidebar. Part of working well with a CMS is customizing your work environment to expedite your process.
As it stands so far in the latest version of Moodle, I'm not able to drag and drop the blocks, but I am able to minimize them, like so. And then maximize them again. I'm also able to dock them off to the left or to the right, like this, and then bring them back. You'll see that there are four main blocks. The two on the right are pretty straightforward. The site description here, and the CALENDAR underneath. On the left, we see the NAVIGATION block, which is essentially the go to block for students and front-end users. Underneath the NAVIGATION block on the left, we get the ADMINISTRATION block.
Teachers and other admin staff will also use this block, but they're mostly navigating the Front page settings and My profile settings sections. The last section on that ADMINISTRATION block is labeled Site administration, and that's the section we'll primarily focus on for the remainder of the course. Within that section, you'll find most of the major tasks you'll need to perform as an administrator. The Moodle dashboard along with the administrative settings, is pretty clean and self-explanatory, but you can see that there are a lot of little settings. Our goal over the next few chapters is to make sense of some of the major ones, but before we move on and start administering courses and users, let's look at the administrative interface a little further.
- Configuring your local server with XAMPP or LAMP
- Installing Moodle
- Connecting to the database
- Installing cron and automating cron jobs
- Creating views
- Changing primary settings
- Adding and managing users and cohorts
- Setting roles and permissions
- Creating and managing courses
- Applying themes
- Working with plugins
- Keeping your Moodle site secure