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This refers to Moodle 3.6 from July 2019 onward

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How to: set up self-enrolment on your module

Self-enrolment is useful in non-teaching modules such as community modules, NOOCs, special events, staff-only modules, programme or all-School modules, where students are not enrolled via the student record system.

If students cannot see modules at all, use Method 1

If your students are observers on all your School's modules (e.g., Business School, Geography, Economics, Engineering) use Method 2

Method 1: To create self-enrolment for your module

  • Navigate to your module.  Inside your module, click on the Cogwheel menu and click on More
  • Select Users tab
  • and Enrolment methods
  • Self enrolment will either be listed in the list of enrolment methods or it won't.

Tip:  You may find that the self-enrolment method is there but is greyed out as in the image above  (Often entitled Self-enrolment (Start of Term) or Self-enrolment (Autumn Semester) or similar).  In this case you will only need to unhide it (click on the Eye icon).  Start of term allows students (1) to self enrol until, e.g., 18th October and (2) to be automatically unenrolled after 35 days, unless they have officially been enrolled on the module in Campus Solutions.  You can amend these settings  by clicking on the Edit icon) (see step 3).

  •  If the self-enrolment method is not listed 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.  Please see below for a description of each of the configurable choices.
    The minimum settings you need (leaving others as default) are:
    • Allow new enrolments = Yes
    • Joining password - add one here if you wish
  • Once you have configured your self-enrolment method click on the ‘Add method’ button at the bottom of the screen to save your changes.
  • If you have left settings at default, the self-enrolment will never expire.  Participants can unenrol themselves again if necessary.


Method 2: Enabling self-enrolment if students are already observers on all modules in a category

Follow the instructions for Method 1

In addition, add a Participate block to the module:

  1. Click on the Turn editing on button 
  2. Drop down the Hamburger / Navigation menu and find the Add A Block
  3. From the drop-down list, click on BS Enrol block

    The page will then refresh and show your new block

Student View

Students will see the contents of the module already, as observer, but will not be able to take part e.g., in forums, assignments or other activities.

Once inside the module they need to click the blue Participate button in the Participate block.