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[[Student]]s are usually asked to edit their profile in [[Moodle]].  It is also possible for the [[Administrator|site administrator]] to edit users' profiles. These instructions reflect the 1.9 format of the user's page for the site administrator.  A student has a shorter list.
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==Editing Your Profile ==
 
==Table of Contents==
 
__TOC__
 
  
==Standard settings==
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Individual users can edit their profiles by clicking the Edit profile link accessed from the Profile page in the  user menu (top right).
===General===
 
====User name====
 
This may be changed. Can only only contain alphabetical letters in lowercase, numbers, hypen '-', underscore '_', period '.', or at sign '@'.
 
  
====New Password====
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Administrators can update user profiles via  ''Administration > Users > Accounts > Add a new user'' or ''Browse list of users'' or by clicking the profile of a user and clicking the Edit profile link in the User details secton.
Has an unmask setting to reveal the actual password. Password is validated to ensure that password complexity requirements as enforced. See [[Site_policies#Password_policy|Password policy]] for more information.
 
  
====Force password change====
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The fields are divided into 6 sections - General, Preferences, User picture, Additonal names and Optional which are all explained below.
An initial password can be set by the administrator or bulk uploading, but this will force the user to create a new password.
 
 
====First name, surname====
 
The first two fields are quite self-explanatory. The first and last names should be those that the student is to be known by in the course. They will identify the student everywhere in the course.
 
  
====Email address====
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Remember to click 'Update profile' when you have finished.
The email address should be the address at which the student receives acknowledgements and messages from the system, and is also the address that is displayed to the instructor and other users of the Moodle site, assuming that they have set the "Email display" option to allow other participants in the course to see their address, so it should be a mail address that they check regularly.  Other email display options are to hide your mail address from all users (it will still be visible to admins and instructors), or to make it available to everyone who visits the course, not just those that are enrolled.
 
  
====Email display====
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=== General ===
This controls the visibility of the address to others, allowing you to show or hide your email in the class. There are three options: you can set it so that all users (including guests) could see your email, or so that only other enrollees in the course can see the email address, or so that no one could see your email address at all.
 
  
====Email activated====
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*This section is expanded by default. First name, Surname and Email address are compulsory fields. Depending on your administrator's settings (in the relevant authentication plugin settings) you may or may not be able to edit these.
One can either enable or disable emails being sent to the email address in their profile. Note that if this is disabled, the user will not receive any mail whatsoever from the site.
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*The other settings - City/Town, Country, Timezone and Description are optional. The administrator might already have entered your city and country when your account was created.
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*The Timezone  field is used to convert time-related messages on the system (such as assignment deadlines) from the local timezone (the time in London) to the correct time in whichever zone you have selected.
  
====City/town; country====
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=== User picture ===
These fields are used to further identify you by geographical location.
 
  
====Timezone====
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This section is optional and allows you to choose your own profile picture.  Your current picture is shown, if you have already chosen one.
This field is used to convert time-related messages on the system (such as assignment deadlines) from the default Moodle timezone to the correct time in whichever zone you have selected.  
 
  
====Preferred language ====
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Note: If the admin has enabled it in ''Administration > Site Administration > Users > Permissions > User policies'', a gravatar you might have attached to your email account will appear as your profile image if you don't upload a different one.
A Moodle site might have multiple languages installed from language packs. This sets the user's prefered language using a drop down menu.
 
  
====Preferred theme====
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'''New picture'''
If site configurations has [[Theme_settings|allowuserthemes]] enabled, then users will be allowed to set their own preferred theme. User themes override site themes but not if the course setting is [[Course_settings#Force_Theme|Force theme]].
 
  
====Description====
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The "Choose a file" button allows you to choose a new picture for your profile. The picture must be in JPG or PNG format (ie the names will usually end in .jpg or .png).
In this field you can enter some text about yourself, be it information about your studies, hobbies, qualifications or anything else that does not break the acceptable use policy of this site. This text will be visible to anyone that views your profile.
 
  
===Picture of===
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To upload an image, click the "Upload a file" button from the list in the [[File_picker]], and select the image from your hard disk.
The user's picture (also known as an Avatar) can be changed in this section.  The default, Moodle picture is automatically used when a new user is created. Moodle creates two sizes of a user's picture. The two images files are called "f1" and 'f2". The site administrator can change the default images. Here is the standard default "f1" image.
 
[[Image:F1 user default image.jpg|center]]
 
====Current picture====
 
This shows the picture associated with a profile. Sometimes the refresh button on your browser will update the current image view.
 
  
:''TIP:'' The site administrator can view all uploaded user pictures via the URL <moodle url>/userpix/. For example <nowiki>http://demo.moodle.org/userpix/</nowiki>.
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NOTE: Make sure that the file is not larger than the maximum size listed, or it will not be uploaded.
:''TIP:'' Want the default picture to be blank? Replace the picture with a file that has 1 white pixel.
 
:''TIP:'' The site administrator can change the default picture for the site by replacing the F1 and F2 images in the theme or pic folders.
 
  
====Delete====
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Then click "Update Profile" at the bottom - the image file will be cropped to a square and resized down to 100x100 pixels.
Checking this box and using the update button will delete the current picture and restore the Moodle site default user picture.
 
  
====New picture====
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When you are taken back to your profile page, the image might not appear to have changed. If this is so, just use the "Reload" button in your browser.
This field has a Browse button to allow the user to find and then upload a new picture for the profile. Uploaded image types supported include gif, jpg, and png. The file upload size shown is determined by the maxbytes variable on the configuration page. User pictures are 100px by 100px for the larger view and 35px by 35px for the smaller view. Both of these small images are created by Moodle in the upload process, which also reduces the file size to around 4K. The pictures are stored in each Users sub-folder of the Moodle data folder as "f1" and "f2".
 
  
:''TIP:'' The picture does not change? Or the picture will not change after repeated uploads of a new photo file?  The most common solution is to refresh your browser cache. It is also possible the problem has to do with the server cache. Ask your site administrator or hosting service if there is a server cache setting that is causing this problem. Often removing an unnecessary cache will solve this.
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===Additional names===
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If the administrator has activated this feature then you will be able to set your alternative or additional names here. See [[Additional name fields]] for more information.
  
====Picture Description====
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==Interests==
This text appears when the mouse rolls over the picture as a description.
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Use tags here to display your interests on your profile page.
  
===Interests===
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=== Optional ===
====List of interests====
 
Use a comma between different interests. This allows you to connect with others who list similar interests.
 
  
==Advanced==
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There are several optional fields allowing you to add further details to your profile such as contact details and your website.
Clicking on the Show Advanced button will reveal additonal fields.
 
===General===
 
====Choose an authentication method====
 
The administrator can select a particular [[Authentication]] method for the user.  This is also the place to turn on the "[[No login]]" setting.
 
  
====Email format====
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===Custom Profile Categories===
There are two  "Pretty HTML format" (which means that the messages will be formatted with different fonts and colours to make them easier to read) and "Plain text format" (plain text with no fancy formatting or colours).
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If any custom user profile categories and fields have been created on your Moodle site, they will be listed at the bottom of the [[User profile fields|Admin >Accounts>User profile fields]]
  
====Email digest type====
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==Updating a user profile==
This setting determines how one receives any posts from forums to which one is subscribed. There are three possible choices:
 
* No digest (one receives individual emails),
 
* Complete (a single digest daily) or
 
* Subjects (a single digest daily with only the post topics included).
 
  
[[Image:Forum_subscription_options.gif|frame|right|users may choose how they receive email from forums]]
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Users with the capability [[Capabilities/moodle/user:update|moodle/user:update]] are able to update another user's profile i.e. in addition to being able to edit the profile, other settings such as password, authentication method and force new password may be changed. The username cannot be changed if it has been set by an authentication plugin, such as [[LDAP authentication|LDAP]].
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====Forum auto-subscribe====
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==Account disabling==
This setting lets one decide if one wants email copies of posts that are added to forums. If you set this to subscribe, the system will automatically email one copies of new posts in forums that one posts in, unless they manually override it when posting.
 
  
====Forum tracking====
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An account may be disabled by setting the authentication method to "[[No login]]". The account email may not be used to create another account.
Enabling forum tracking means highlighting the posts you have not read yet, which should improve your forum navigation.  
 
  
====When editing text====
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==See also==
This can usually be left on "Use HTML editor (some browsers only)". This allows for text formatting options, but requires newer browsers. If you find your browser is not letting you edit text, change this setting to "Use standard web forms".
 
  
====AJAX and Javascript  ====
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*[[User profiles]]
No: Use basic web features.
 
Yes: e.g., if you want to be able to drag and drop.
 
 
 
====Screen reader====
 
 
 
The screen reader option in Moodle disables the html editor and provides a chat window without frames.
 
 
 
===Options===
 
The site administrator may have [[User profile fields|added more fields]] to the user profile. The following are standard with Moodle and are revealed by the "Show Advanced" button:
 
 
 
*Web page
 
*ICQ number
 
*Skype ID
 
*AIM ID
 
*Yahoo ID
 
*MSN ID
 
*ID number
 
*Institution
 
*Department
 
*Phone
 
*Mobile Phone
 
*Address
 
*Facebook ID
 
*LinkedIn ID
 
 
 
== *Other ==
 
If you have other online resources to share with pears such as user groups or list serve groups - something like meetup.org, this field is a great place for you to share the site URL and your ID within it - so they have a starting contact person to get acquainted with the group. This can be a great way for groups such as school groups networking and sharing of resources outside of class meetings, such as the PTA Program at Berkshire Community College.
 
 
 
==Older version notes==
 
*In 1.6, on the home page in the administration block select '''users''', and then '''edit user accounts'''.  Find the student and click on the edit link. This brings you to their profile page, which has tabs for Edit Profile, Forum Posts, Blogs, and activity reports.
 
 
 
==See also==
 
*[[Student tutorials#Your profile]]
 
*The capabilities [[Capabilities/moodle/user:editprofile|moodle/user:editprofile]], [[Capabilities/moodle/user:editownprofile|moodle/user:editownprofile]] and [[Capabilities/moodle/user:update|moodle/user:update]]
 
  
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[[de:Nutzerprofil aktualisieren]]
[[fr:Modifier mon profil]]
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Latest revision as of 14:30, 24 June 2016

Editing Your Profile

Individual users can edit their profiles by clicking the Edit profile link accessed from the Profile page in the user menu (top right).

Administrators can update user profiles via Administration > Users > Accounts > Add a new user or Browse list of users or by clicking the profile of a user and clicking the Edit profile link in the User details secton.

The fields are divided into 6 sections - General, Preferences, User picture, Additonal names and Optional which are all explained below.

Remember to click 'Update profile' when you have finished.

General

  • This section is expanded by default. First name, Surname and Email address are compulsory fields. Depending on your administrator's settings (in the relevant authentication plugin settings) you may or may not be able to edit these.
  • The other settings - City/Town, Country, Timezone and Description are optional. The administrator might already have entered your city and country when your account was created.
  • The Timezone field is used to convert time-related messages on the system (such as assignment deadlines) from the local timezone (the time in London) to the correct time in whichever zone you have selected.

User picture

This section is optional and allows you to choose your own profile picture. Your current picture is shown, if you have already chosen one.

Note: If the admin has enabled it in Administration > Site Administration > Users > Permissions > User policies, a gravatar you might have attached to your email account will appear as your profile image if you don't upload a different one.

New picture

The "Choose a file" button allows you to choose a new picture for your profile. The picture must be in JPG or PNG format (ie the names will usually end in .jpg or .png).

To upload an image, click the "Upload a file" button from the list in the File_picker, and select the image from your hard disk.

NOTE: Make sure that the file is not larger than the maximum size listed, or it will not be uploaded.

Then click "Update Profile" at the bottom - the image file will be cropped to a square and resized down to 100x100 pixels.

When you are taken back to your profile page, the image might not appear to have changed. If this is so, just use the "Reload" button in your browser.

Additional names

If the administrator has activated this feature then you will be able to set your alternative or additional names here. See Additional name fields for more information.

Interests

Use tags here to display your interests on your profile page.

Optional

There are several optional fields allowing you to add further details to your profile such as contact details and your website.

Custom Profile Categories

If any custom user profile categories and fields have been created on your Moodle site, they will be listed at the bottom of the Admin >Accounts>User profile fields

Updating a user profile

Users with the capability moodle/user:update are able to update another user's profile i.e. in addition to being able to edit the profile, other settings such as password, authentication method and force new password may be changed. The username cannot be changed if it has been set by an authentication plugin, such as LDAP.

Account disabling

An account may be disabled by setting the authentication method to "No login". The account email may not be used to create another account.

See also