Manager role

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Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 2.7. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version of Moodle may be available here: Manager role.

The default manager role enables users assigned the role to access courses and modify them.

The Manager role is a 'real role', similar to Administrator (but much safer to use).

The way permission checks work in the Moodle code is that there is a function called has_capability. For admins, has_capability will always return true, no matter how the roles are set up.

However, the Manager role is a normal role, like Course Creator, or Teacher. By default the Manager role has almost every capability but, because it is a normal role, you can edit that role if you choose (there is no way to edit what permissions an Administrator has). Best-practice might suggest that Admins should normally use a Manager role, and not use an Administrator account.

This is similar to the way you are recommended not to log into Linux as root.

The Manager role therefore allows a site Administrator to give very powerful roles to others who are assigned a Manager role, but without having to give them a full Administrator role.

Assigning the role of Manager Sitewide

You can give someone the Manager role sitewide(to enable them for instance to add new users) by going to Settings>Site Administration>Users>Permissions>Assign system roles, selecting the Manager role and moving over your chosen user.

When you do so, users in that role will have access to only some of the items in Site administration, specifically:

Site administration

           Browse list of users
           Bulk user actions
           Add a new user
           Upload users
           Upload user pictures
           Define roles
           Assign system role
           Check system permissions
           Capability overview
       Add/edit courses
           General backup defaults
           Automated backup setup
       General settings
       Grade category settings
       Grade item settings
       Report settings
       Language customisation
   Front page
       Front page settings
       Front page roles
       Front page filters
       Front page backup
       Front page restore
       Front page questions
       Course overview
       Live logs
       Question instances
       Security overview

See also