Location: Site administration > Plugins > Enrolments > Manage enrol plugins
Managing course enrolment
Once the site administrator has set up user authentication, created some courses and assigned teachers to them, the next thing to consider is course enrolment i.e. assigning users the role of student in a course.
Moodle provides a number of ways of managing course enrolment, called enrolment plugins. Enrolment plugins included in the standard Moodle are:
- Manual enrolments
- Guest access
- Self enrolment
- Cohort sync
- Category enrolments
- External database
- Flat file
- IMS Enterprise
- Course meta link
- Moodle Network
Setting the enrolment methods
To set an enrolment method:
- Click on Settings>Site Administration>Plugins>Enrolments>Manage enrol plugins.
- Click on the enable checkboxes opposite your chosen enrolment plugin(s). If you wish, you may choose more than one enrolment method. For example if you have some courses which students must pay for and some free courses, you can use PayPal and internal enrolment.
- Click the "Save changes" button.
- Click on Edit opposite one of the enrolment plugin(s) you have chosen.
- Configure the required settings and click the "Save changes" button.
- Repeat Editing until you have edited all the plugins you have enabled.
The order in which enrolment plugins are applied can be set. This may be important for some plugins. It also affects the order of enrolment options on the course enrol page.
Multi-enrolment methods are supported, with one plugin set as the default plugin for interactive enrolment.
Interactive enrolment triggers only when a user tries to enrol on a course. The user has to do something interactively in order to be enrolled, such as clicking "Yes, I do" (Internal enrolment), or paying some money (Authorize.net Payment Gateway, Paypal).
The interactive enrolment plugin for a particular course may be selected on the Course settings page.
Login-time enrolment lookups
Login-time lookups perform a search of username and passwords against an an external database when a user logs in. For example, a course may use a LDAP/AD database. You can have several plugins set to perform login-time lookups.
Enrolment instance defaults
- Each enrolment plugin has a settings link where admin can choose the default settings for this plugin when it is used in courses.
- The admin can decide whether to add this plugin to all new courses by default. Teachers in the courses are however able to alter the default settings to suit their needs.