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Moodle Help & Support 

This refers to Moodle 2.7 from July 2015 onward

How to allow students to self-enrol on a module and into a given group

Placing students into groups is great for module administration and for organising activity on your module.  Students can be placed into groups automatically if they are able to self-enrol on a module.  Here’s how.

Creating your groups and setting joining passwords

To enable Groups in your course:

  1. Navigate to the Moodle module you want to work in.
  2. Find the Administration block and click on Module Administration > Edit Settings then open the Groups section.
  3. In the Group mode drop-down menu select either 'Visible groups' or 'Separate groups' (i.e members of the groups can see each other's activity or not).
  4. Click on the Save changes button.
  5. Find the Administration block again and click on Module administration > Users > Groups
  6. Click on the Create group button, and give the group a name, in our example it would be 'Group A'
  7. Next to the box marked Joining Password tick the box marked Unmask. Add in a password.  This password is the one used by students to join this group at the module self-enrolment screen.
  8. Click on Save changes and the new group will appear in the left-hand column.

Creating your self-enrolment methods

  1. Find the Administration block and click on Module administrationUsers > Enrolment methods
  2. Click on the Add method drop-down box and choose 'Self enrolment'.  You will then be taken to the settings page for the self-enrolment method.
  3. The only fields you should need to change are:  
    1. Custom instance name.  Enter a name for the enrolment method that will be visible to participants e.g. 'Join this module', 
    2. Joining password.  Even though you may not use it, a password needs to be entered here in addition to the group passwords set in Groups. The Joining and group passwords cannot be the same. This ensures the enrolment key field for module participation shows when participants go to the module to join; participants do not need this password, they only need the group one.  It also prevents people joining the module without being in one of the groups you have created.  Our help page for configuring self-enrolment.
    3. Use group joining password.  Make sure this is set to 'Yes'.  This enables the group passwords previously set to be used as enrolment keys.
  4. Once you have configured your self-enrolment method click on the Add method button at the bottom of the screen to save your changes.

Enrolling on the module into a group

Students can join the module by navigating to it and entering the password set for the group.  In the example below, a group has been created called 'ILM Level 5' and a password was distributed to participants on a professional course, as well as a self-enrolment option for those not in that particular group..

See also:

How do I self-enrol on a module?

How to create a forum with group

Queries, comments or questions?

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