Are you testing out Turnitin? If so, give your test accounts a non-UCL email address e.g. your personal address.

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

What your test accounts can access

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

Guidelines for account usage

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

Instructions - how to create Moodle student test accounts

To take a Student role in Turnitin you need to give your accounts a non-UCL email address e.g. your personal one.

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 UCL one.

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.