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Parent role

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The role of Parent may be used to provide parents/mentors/tutors with permission to view certain information, such as activity reports, grades, blog entries and forum posts, about their children/mentees/tutees.

PLEASE NOTE: A bug with the parent role preventing parents seeing individual grades was fixed in Moodle 2.6.5.

Creating a new role

  1. As an administrator, go to Administration > Site administration > Users > Permissions > Define roles and click the "Add a new role" button.
  2. Give the role a name (such as "Parent", but it can be anything appropriate, such as tutor/mentor) and assign it to the user context.
  3. The role archtype is "No role".
  4. Under the heading of Course
  5. Under the heading of Users
  6. Click the "Create this role" button.
Setting up the parent role
Assigning capabilities to the parent role
Saving changes to the parent role

Some permissions may already be set to "Allow", or the permissions granted here may not be the ones required for that Role. This set of Permissions mean that this Role allows anyone assigned to a Parent Role, then linked to the Student Role, to edit the profile or read the blogs of that Student - not everyone's profile or blogs.

Assigning the parent to the student

  • Access the child's profile page, via Site administration ► Users ► Accounts ► Browse list of users
  • Go to 'Profile settings for [username]' > 'Roles' >'Assign roles relative to this user'
  • Choose the role to assign i.e. Parent
  • Select the parent in the potential users list and use the Add button to add it to the existing users list.
"Assign roles relative to this user"
Assigning the parent to the student

At this point you can return to the "Assign roles in user:" page and you should see that the parent name is now in the "Users with Role" column.

NOTE:The same parent may be assigned to several students, siblings or otherwise.

Adding multiple parents/mentors at once

If you are interested in assigning several parent roles en masse there are 2 contributed plugins (use at your own risk) here and here which allows you to configure automatic role assignment between users from a database or from LDAP (ex: mentor/mentee or parent/child). You can also read the discussion at

Adding the Mentees Block

This block needs to be added so parents can see links to their child's profile.

  • On the Front Page, turn editing on.
  • Go to the Add Blocks block and select the Mentees block and when it appears, click on the Configuration icon.
  • Edit the configuration settings to suit the needs of the site. When complete, save the changes and return to the Front Page.

Accessing the Add Blocks
Setting the configuration values

How a parent sees their child's activities

  • Once the mentees block has been added, a parent/mentor sees the link to any children/mentees they are responsible for.
  • They click on a name and will be taken to the profile page of that user.
  • They then click -next to "Course profiles" - the name of a course the user is enrolled in.
  • Grades may then be viewed by clicking in the user's profile > Site Administration>Activity reports>Grades
  • Forum posts or similar may also be viewed from the user's profile in Navigation>(Name)>Forum posts (for example)
Click the name of a course in the profile
Only then choose an item in the Navigation or Administration block
The course grades are now visible

  • To view activity in another course, the parent needs to click back to the user's main profile and then select another course link.

See also

Using Moodle forum discussions:

  • Improving navigation:

One small hack that can make the course list a bit more readable, especially for long course lists, is to change the format to a vertical list:

  • Edit the moodle/user/view.php file and look for these lines (around line 302-304 in my 2.3.2 installation):

. $cfullname . "</a>, ";

               } else {
                   $courselisting .= $cfullname . ", ";

  • and change that to :

. $cfullname . "</a>,

               } else {
                   $courselisting .= $cfullname . "
  • Then save

This will affect the profile view in a course.

  • Edit the moodle/user/profile.php file and look for these lines (around line 3332 in my 2.3.2 installation):

$courselisting .= "<a href=\"{$CFG->wwwroot}/user/view.php?id={$user->id}&course={$mycourse->id}\" $class >" . format_string($mycourse->fullname) . "</a>, ";

  • and change that to :

$courselisting .= "<a href=\"{$CFG->wwwroot}/user/view.php?id={$user->id}&course={$mycourse->id}\" $class >" . format_string($mycourse->fullname) . "</a>,

  • Then save

This will affect the profile view from the main page.