Why are Moodle test accounts helpful?

They 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:

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

Good to know

Test account limitations

The accounts are Moodle only and cannot be used to access other UCL services requiring full user accounts, these include:

Guidelines for account usage

Instructions - how to create Moodle student test accounts

Simply log into Moodle . Naviage to any course where you have the role of Tutor or Administrator. Near the bottom of the 'Administration' Block click on the 'Create Test User Accounts'

On the page returned 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 course. They may also be enrolled onto
other courses where student accounts are required for testing. 

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 or (if you've reached your limit of 15 accounts) create new ones until the present test accounts 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. This address can be altered after creation of your test accounts but this involves logging-in to 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.