You have four main options for Moodle enrolment - Digi Ed recommend using a combination of the Portico enrolments and the enrolment key methods to grant students access to your course. To allow staff to access your courses manual enrolment is the easiest option:
IMPORTANT: Do ensure that you have reset your course to remove last year's students!
If your Moodle course cohort matches a module, programme or department in Portico then Moodle can read the enrolments from Portico overnight. Portico enrolments are generally a good way of enrolling students on courses, but early in term 1 student data in Portico module lists may be incomplete and/or inaccurate as students take time to make and modify module selections, and departments deal with large numbers of requests. Therefore you may want to use a combination of Portico enrolments and the Enrolment key to ensure that all students who need to can access your course
Enrolment key (recommended for student access)
The enrolment key in Moodle permits students to enrol themselves onto Moodle courses without needing to wait for their Portico enrolments to be confirmed; this is a simple option for both staff and students. Students can self-enrol onto your course if they know the enrolment key - a password made up of any word, number or their combination. When you are ready to make the course available to students you simply issue them with the enrolment key and them the course title, so that they can search for it from the Moodle login page (or email them the URL to the Moodle course page)
Manual enrolments (recommended for staff access)
This is useful for small numbers of accounts.
Bulk enrolments (exceptional circumstances)
The bulk enrolments featrure is now available from Settings > Course Administration > Users > Bulk enrolments (rather than from the Bulk enrolments block, which used to exist).
It allows you to bulk upload users to your course, using just their UCL userid or their email address. This option also allows you to create groups.
Enrolling students who have never logged in to Moodle
If these users have never logged into Moodle before, the block will not work as this requires that the students' Moodle accounts are active. In this instance, you can send the following information in an Excel spreadsheet or comma separated text file (csv) to the Digital Education team: firstname, lastname, email, username, module code/shortname*
*The shortname is the second link that appears in the Moodle breadcrumb (e.g. UCL Moodle > *INST1001)
» Download an excel file template for bulk uploading students into your course
If you would like to assign groups to these students, you can add groupname as a field in the csv file; Moodle will automatically create these when the spreadsheet is uploaded
» Download an excel file template for bulk uploading students into groups in your course
Category level access (course administrators)
If access is required to all courses in a department the Head of Department must write (email) to request Digital Education provide access for particular staff. The staff member(s) must also complete the Administering your Moodle course training before category level access can be granted.