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Roles and capabilities in Moodle 1.7 onwards provides great flexibility in managing how users interact. Prior to Moodle 1.7, there were only six roles possible: guest, student, non-editing teacher, editing teacher, course creator, and administrator. Whilst these roles may still be used, it's now possible to create additional roles, and to change what a given role can do in a particular activity.
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Roles are groups of permissions. Users are assigned roles in specific contexts. The combinatin of roles and context define a specific user's capability on any page.  The most common example are the roles of student and teacher in the context of a course.  
  
 
==Definitions==
 
==Definitions==
 
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:An identifier of the user's status. The status depends upon permissions given for one or more capabilities in a context.  
 
:An identifier of the user's status. The status depends upon permissions given for one or more capabilities in a context.  
::For example Teacher and Student are standard user roles. The identifier indicates they probably have different capabilities in some contexts.
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::For example Teacher and Student are standard user roles. These roles probably have different capabilities in some contexts but may share permissions in the other.  
 
:When Moodle is first installed, a number of [[Standard roles]] are created automatically.
 
:When Moodle is first installed, a number of [[Standard roles]] are created automatically.
 
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Please refer to these notes before editing this page.

Roles are groups of permissions. Users are assigned roles in specific contexts. The combinatin of roles and context define a specific user's capability on any page. The most common example are the roles of student and teacher in the context of a course.

Definitions

Role
An identifier of the user's status. The status depends upon permissions given for one or more capabilities in a context.
For example Teacher and Student are standard user roles. These roles probably have different capabilities in some contexts but may share permissions in the other.
When Moodle is first installed, a number of Standard roles are created automatically.
Capability
A description of a particular Moodle feature. A list of many capabilities can be seen in the capability category index page.
For example moodle/blog:create(writing blog entries) or "Backup course" are two capabilities. Note the "mod/blog:create" notation is a common to identify a capability.
Permission
A setting for a capability. Can be any one of four: not set/inherit, allow, prevent or prohibit.
Context
A "space" in Moodle.
For example: a course, activity module or block can each be a context.
Some contexts can contain multiple contexts in their space, For example, a course can contain a lesson, assignment, forum and quiz modules, plus blocks.

See also