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This refers to Moodle 3.2 from September 2017 onwards

Moodle Help & Support 

How to enrol a student (or fellow staff member) manually on your module

If you are an Editing Teacher you can enrol others in your module up to Editing Teacher.  If you have School Support role you can enrol anyone in your School or category.

Note that students will be enrolled on modules according to their registration in SATURN. This link is dynamic so if students drop a module they will automatically be removed.  If you add students or staff to your course manually then they will not be removed unless you also do that manually.

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To enrol a student 

  • In your module space go to the Administration block for Module administration
  • Go to Users > Enrolled Users



  • A list of those enrolled in your module appears. 

    • You can search this list using a number of filters including the Search filter. Click on Filter to search.



    • Use the Search to check that the person you want to enrol is not already enrolled on your module.
    • Click Enrol users on top right to enrol a new person onto the module.
    • Make sure you have the correct role for the person you want to enrol in the Assign roles drop-down menu at the top.




    • Enter the name of the person you want to enrol and click on the Search button.  (Use the % as a wildcard)


    • When the (list of) user(s) comes up check for the correct one and click on the Enrol button next to their name




    • NOTE - If you do not find the correct person please first check that they are not already enrolled on the module
    • Search for next student and enrol in the same way.
    • When you are finished click on the Finish enrolling users button


Enrolling users

As an Editing Teacher (or School Support) you can enrol someone on a module as a:

  • student
  • observer – like a student but cannot take part – useful for colleagues who want to look in on one another’s modules or for student to peek in when they are choosing modules
  • teacher – can see material hidden from students and mark their work but not add or edit
  • editor -  can add and amend and edit but not see student contributions or mark them
  • editing teacher – staff are normally at this level – can add and edit material, view grades and student contributions and mark

To unenrol a staff member 

You may wish to remove a fellow staff member from your module, for example, if you are taking over a module and need to unenrol the previous convenor.

Under normal circumstances you should not remove students from modules as this happens automatically when the module is removed from their SATURN record.  You are able to remove students from other modules, but please bear in mind that the student's contributions to activities, assignments and grades may be lost.

  • In your module go to Administration > Module Administration (usually left sidebar)
  • Go to Users > Enrolled Users

A list of those enrolled in your module appears.

  • In the far right column "Enrolment methods" is details of when the user became enrolled, e.g. "Manual enrolments from Friday, 1 August 2014, 12:00 AM".
  • Click the X to unenrol the user

Click Continue

Searching for users to enrol

Note that if you type a full name Moodle will look for a full name to match exactly, so searching for, e.g.,  “Helen Whitehead” will not match “Helen Victoria Whitehead”.

Most student records are created directly from SATURN and will have their middle names as well, so you may have difficulty finding them. The best option is to search for the lastname and select them from the list that comes up – or search for a username or studentID.

Do not use the "username" to search for staff or postgraduates. Moodle searches the email address (which includes the username for undergraduates) but will not find a username if the email is in the format firstname.lastname@nottingham.ac.uk.

Tips on finding users in the Enrol users window:

  • Search for a firstname or surname, not necessarily a full name, as, for example “Bill Sheppard” will not retrieve William Hartley Sheppard.
  • You can also search for Bill%Sheppard (where % is a wildcard)
  • Beware of spaces in the name, e.g.,  “  Bill” (look carefully!)
  • If you can’t find a person, then consider – are they already enrolled on the module? (In which case they won’t come up in a search of the rest of the users!)
  • It is possible with staff members, especially new staff members or Associates, that their Moodle account hasn’t been created yet?

If they do not have an account in Moodle already please send learning-technologies@nottingham.ac.uk the following details for us to create their account

username, lastname, firstname, staffID (if known), shortname of any course you'd like them to have access to and what level (teacher, student, teaching assistant)


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