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A quick way to get students enrolled into their classes on Moodle

youtube video on group enrolmentBy special request: in the last week I’ve explained this to  administrators  from two separate schools just starting out with Moodle this term. While there are ways to enroll your students into groups (ie, classes/sets, whatever you wish to call them) it’s rather nice for them and you if you get them to do the work. You do this by clever use of the group enrolment key – click on the image for a youtube video. Basically…

  1. you set your course up
  2. in course settings you ensure your course is enrollable and you have groups set (visible or separate) and that guests are not allowed in;
  3. you set a course enrolment key – it doesn’t actually matter what, as it won’t be needed. It’s to keep other people out.
  4. you then go to groups in the course admin block and click on Create group
  5. Name your group – the name of your set/class
  6. set an enrolment key for that particular group. You could use the set’s name so they only have to type in the name of their set – but you are relying on them knowing which set they are in and how to spell it. (But that would be a problem with any password)
  7. Save and repeat for as many groups as you have
  8. When you next see your class, tell them to log in as usual to Moodle, go to All courses and find your course.
  9. When prompted for an enrolment key they need to type in their group key – the one you set in 6 above.
  10. And they are not only enrolled in the course but neatly put into groups for your gradebook !

ADDENDUM: With thanks to UK Moodler and teacher Dan Leighton: if your groups(classes/sets) are in years, such as 8A, 8L etc and you set the password as the group name, then set the course password to begin with the year also – in this case, 8. This is because if students forget their group enrolment key , Moodle prompts them with the course password – so if this does not begin with their year, they will just get confused, and we wouldn’t want that, would we? 🙂

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    1. Nice tip. I am sure that many will find this useful and helpful.

      Thank you for the time and effort you put into making the lives of your Fellow Moodlers easier and more productive.

      Best regards,
      Art Lader

      Comment: Art Lader – 19. October 2008 @ 9:28 pm

    2. Hello, I loved your commnents. However, I do have an additional question. Who is responsible for creating the initial student accounts? Is this something the students does when they first log in to the site? Or can the administrator or teacher create student accounts? We are just setting up our classes in moodle.

      Comment: Jackie Onyia – 16. January 2009 @ 10:34 pm

    3. If you mean enrol onto Moodle for the first time, you can either import all your students via a csv file or add them manually as you go along – or you can get them to self enrol – not the best method as in theory then unwanted people could enrol. As for enrolling on a course, again, you can enrol via csv file if your course is waiting – you can manually enrol them in the course admin or you could use an enrolment key in the course settings – either for the students as a whole or,as mine above, to put them straight into groups. Have a look at the documentation on for more info 🙂

      Comment: Mary – 16. January 2009 @ 11:17 pm

    4. Thanks so much Mary. You’ve saved me from a lot of confusion with your steps!

      Comment: Heather – 04. January 2011 @ 4:39 pm

    5. Our school uses Moodle and classes have increasingly been requiring Moodling, Blogging and Journaling as part of student grades. The problem is – I have two sons who hate this! They refuse and don’t care if their grades suffer. My son’s grade in one class dropped from a A in tests/projects/particpation to a C after he received an F due to Moodle. This is the third class that this has happened. I am concerned. Are there other students having problems with Moodling?

      Comment: Karen – 08. March 2011 @ 11:45 pm

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