Keywords: test account, role, group, student, trial, try-out, try, experiment, testing, temporary, 15 days, 15 accounts, fifteen

What is it?

UCL Moodle Test Accounts allow Moodle course editors (tutors and course administrators) to test exactly how their course will appear to students generally, as well as students within particular Moodle groups. You can request up to 15 test acounts that will remain active for up to 15 days.

Why use it?

Test accounts can help Moodle editors grasp the implications of their design decisions (beyond what Moodle's 'Switch Role To' function allows) including:

This is helpful because:

Who can use it?

Tutors and course administrators can create test accounts from any Moodle course to test how the course works for students generally and those in particular Moodle groups.

Before I start...

Guidelines for account usage

*The exception is for the Hands-On With Turnitin & Moodle space, where there is no confidential information.


How do I set them up?

Log into Moodle.

Navigate to any space where you have the role of Tutor or Administrator. Near the bottom of the 'Administration' Block click on 'Create Test User Accounts'.

On the page which displays, fill in the details of number of accounts required, days they should be active etc.

The accounts your request will be automatically enrolled onto the current Moodle space - you can also enrol them onto other spaces where you need to test things out from a student point of view.

Important: Ensure that you make a note of the password you choose before saving the request, if you forget this password you will not be able to use the test accounts you've just created, and if you've reached your limit of 15 accounts you won't be able to create new ones until existing ones have expired.

Note that you can specify one email address. The form defaults to your own UCL address but you can use any email address that you own.

To test a Turnitin assignment, you will need to use an email address other than your usual UCL one, as Turnitin uses your usual UCL email address to identify you and it will identify you as the course tutor if you use you usual UCL email address. It is possible to use your alias email address instead.E.g. cceaxx@ucl.ac.uk.

You can alter email addresses retrospectively, but it requires you to log into each individual account and changing the forwarding address in that test account's profile.
 

 

Once you've created your test accounts you will receive an email from the system detailing the usernames of the accounts you've created - these will be your own username with '_xx' appended. The email also contains details of how long your accounts will be active for. Note that accounts reclaimed by the system overnight on the expiry date specified in the email, so the accounts last a little longer than the confirmation email states.

Moodle test accounts are customised for UCL Moodle only, so there is no further documentation available on moodledocs.

If you find any inaccurate or missing information you can even update this yourself (it's a communal wiki).

If you have a specific question about the tool please contact the Digital Education team.


Caution

Examples and case studies

A few of the things you can only do with confidence if you can log in as Test Students:

Questions & Answers

Q. What do Moodle test accounts allow me to access?

A. The accounts are for use with Moodle only.

They cannot be used to access other UCL services requiring full user accounts, including:

If you need an account for any of these systems you need to request a UCL user account from your computer rep.

Further information

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