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This refers to Moodle 3.6 from July 2019 onwards

How to restrict access to a resource or activity or section in Moodle

It is possible to restrict access to resources or activities or to sections in a variety of ways.

  • from a specific start date
  • to a specific end date
  • only visible if students have achieved a required grade in a previous activity
  • visibility is based on the value in a field in the user profile (for example course code)
  • restrict to a particular group of students

To restrict access

  • In the Edit Settings page for an activity or resource, click to open the Restrict access section
  • Click on the Add restriction... button
  • Select from 
    • Activity completion (only available if activity completion is set up on your module) - allows you to limit visibility only to those students who have completed (or not completed) another previous activity
    • Date - a To or From date and time can be set from when or until which the item is visible to students
    • Grade - a way to limit visibility only to those who have achieved a specified grade or range of grades in a previous activity such as a quiz, or in the module total
    • Group (only available if groups are enabled in your module) - make the item visible to a specified group of students (you need to create the groups first)
    • User profile - limit visibility to those with a particular value in a user profile fiel;d (e.g., a Course Code, or Country)
    • Restriction set - Add a set of nested restrictions to apply complex logic.
  • Click on the required restriction button and you will return to the Restrict access section where further choices can be made.

For more information see: How to set up groups and groupings