Glossary of common terms
This glossary defines a number of words you will see used often in discussions about Moodle - you'll find them highlighted throughout this course.
If you wish to import this glossary to your Moodle site, you can this file of exported entries: glossary_of_common_terms_20101214.xml.
Please feel free to add new words here!
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An acronym for PHP Extension and Application Repository. PEAR is a framework and distribution system for reusable PHP components.
For more information see http://pear.php.net/.
A permission is a part of a role which allows or denies a someone to use a feature or function of Moodle. There are over 450 different permissions settings in any Moodle role. Each permission has 1 of 4 states that can be assigned to it: "not set", "allow", "prevent", and "prohibit. Editing or creating new roles on the site level can be complicated. In part because of the hierarchical nature of contexts. In many contexts, roles or permissions can be overridden, and the permitted user will see a shortened list of permissions appropriate to the context.
Plesk is a commercial hosting management program that can be used to manage the account management interface. Plesk can be used for multiple distros of Linux (Ubuntu, Redhat, Cloud Linux, Debian) and Windows Server 2008 and 2012 servers.
Proof Of Concept - a prototype created to show that an idea is technically fesible. While the prototype probably isn't suitable for real-world use, it provides a starting point for discussion and design of a real solution.
PostgreSQL is a full-featured open-source database with many enterprise features, including:
See http://www.postgresql.org/ for more information.
Postnuke is a free, open source, database driven php website. Many Moodle people use postnuke as a front end page to forums, calendars, guestbook and other non-education specific activities. There are literaly thousands of free themes, and hundreds of open source modules that a postnuke site can use.
However, the administration and permission system UI for postnuke can be daunting for newbies, and often requires some basic knowledge of php coding to implement many tasks.
A great website for educators to start at is the postnuke education forum.
A production site is site that is publicly operating, it has courses and is being used by anyone enrolled.