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Moodle Help & Support 

This refers to Moodle 3.8 from September 2020 onward

How to: use the Signup Sheet tool 

Note for non-UoN users: This plugin was built and is maintained by the Moodle team at Nottingham. More info:  https://moodle.org/plugins/view/mod_tutorialbooking

The Signup Sheet creates an online equivalent of a paper sign up sheet. It can be used to allow students to book special events, placements, essay titles, field trips, careers interviews or anything at all that uses a sign-up sheet.

The Signup Sheet is an activity that you can add to your Moodle module.

Creating a signup sheet

  1. Login to your module and click on the 'Turn editing on' button (top right).
  2. Choose a section within your module where you want the booking tool and click on the + Add an activity or resource hyperlink.
  3. Select 'Signup sheet' from the pop up list that appears and click on 'Add'


Change the settings of your tutorial

  1. Enter a "Sign-up list title" E.g. Field trip briefings.
  2. Type some relevant guidance in the "Sign-up List Notes" text field e.g. what the event is, or any preparation required

Giving a signup sheet a title and description

3. If you wish to prevent students from signing up to slots before you are ready, there are two ways to do this.  You may change the "Locked" status to 'Yes', or, when you return to the module, you may hide the activity by clicking the edit button alongside it, and selecting 'hide' from the drop down options

Locked field

4. Decide whether you wish students to see the names of people signed up to slots.  Choose the appropriate setting in Privacy. (For example for remedial sessions students may wish to remain anonymous.)

Privacy field

5. Now click on the button 'Save and return to module' at the bottom of the page.

You will now see the signup sheet added to the bottom of your chosen module section

Creating sign up slots

Once you've created your signup sheet you then need to create the sign-up slots available for your students to book. 

To create sign-up slots:

NOTE: The Signup Sheet can be used to sign up for anything, not just time slots, e.g., placement choice.

  1. Click on the name of your signup sheet. This will open the settings page. From here you can add, edit, export or delete existing sign-up lists. 
  2. To create a new (or add to an existing) sign-up list connected to this tutorial, click the link 'Add new session'

Row of buttons on sign up page - Add new session button has been highlighted

3. This will open a new page where you fill in the details of one time slot.You are now in the New Time Slot page. This includes:

    1. "Title" of your session
    2. "Details" of your session - this could include date, time. locations of session
    3. "Max number of students" who can attend the session. The default is set at 30

Once you have filled in the details, click on 'Save'

Details of a new session


You should now see the newly-created time slot listed on your 'Time Slot Management' page underneath your Signup Sheet, similar to below. 

New session appearing on Signup List page

You can create additional time slots, click on 'Add a new session' and repeat the process above

The time slots you have created should all sit inside your Signup Sheet.

When you have created at least two time slots 'Cross-arrows' will appear beside the slot title.  These allow you to change the order of the slots on the page (e.g., if you want to have them in chronological order). 

If you elected to lock the Signup Sheet activity, you can unlock it from this screen too by clicking on 'Lock/Unlock Signup Sheet'

Unlock signup sheet button

Or, If you have hidden it, you can reveal it using its Edit link on the module's main page.

Finding the Show link in the Edit menu

Once students have signed up to this time slot you can print off the register (as alphabetical list or by order of signing up) or email the group.

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