Saturday, 20 July 2024, 8:38 AM
Site: Unitec Online
Course: Guide to Moodle (Guide to Moodle)
Glossary: Guide to Moodle

Enrolment - Meta enrolment (meta link)

Use this when you want to pull enrolments (student and teacher) from another course into your course.

NB: You must be a 'teacher' or higher level in both courses to set this up.


  1. Go to the course you would like to pull the enrolments into
  2. (Administration block) Course administration > Users > Enrolment methods
  3. At the bottom of the list of existing enrolment methods there is a drop down menu "Add method". Select "Course meta link" from the menu.
  4. Find the course you would like to pull the enrolments from in the drop down menu, or search the course name, then and click "Add method"

Done! Now all students from the other course will also be enrolled in yours. When they are unenrolled from the other course, they will also be unenrolled from yours.

Enrolment - Guest access

Guest access allows people who are not enrolled in your course, or even people who don't have Moodle accounts at all, to access your course page. This is not a way of enrolling students or teachers into your course.

Guests cannot participate in the course in any way (forums, assignments, etc) but they can view anything that an enrolled student can view.

Courses with guest access enabled are required to have a password set, with the possible exception of some programme or pathway "homepages". If you believe your programme or pathway requires a homepage with open access, you must get permission from Te Puna Ako and measures must be put in place to ensure sensitive data for students and staff are not made available to visitors from outside Unitec.

NB: enabling guest access (but without a password) gives Google access to your course. If you have sensitive or copyrighted material in your course, do not enable guest access. If you do want to enable guest access, make sure you have set a guest password.

The instructions below are for historical purposes.

1. Course administration > Users > Enrolment methods:

Make sure the the eye is open, so guests can access to your course.

Or choose "Guest access" from the "Add method" drop down menu if it isn't there already:

2. Click the edit icon to set a guest password:

3. Click "Save changes"

Enrolment - Removing people from your course (unenrolling users)

Removing staff or students from your course works exactly the same.

You can remove staff and students who have been manually enrolled or self-enrolled.

You cannot remove students who have been enrolled by "external database" (PeopleSoft).

Staff or students enrolled by "course meta link" must be unenrolled from the source course to be unenrolled from yours.

Staff (or sometimes students) who are enrolled by "category enrolment" cannot be removed by you, as they have been assigned to their role at the category level to all courses in that category. If you feel that there are staff there by mistake, please contact your programme administrator or to clarify.

Instructions for removing manually or self-enrolled students:

  1. Course administration > Users > Enrolled users
  2. Find the user you wish to unenrol and click the X to the very far right by their enrolment method information
  3. Confirm that you wish to unenrol the user


Instructions for removing meta course enrolled users

  1. Course administration > Users > Enrolled users
  2. Check which course the users are being enrolled from
  3. Go to that course and follow the instructions above for removing manually or self-enrolled users

Update profile (my profile)

You can find your profile by clicking on your user picture in the top right.

This is what other users on the site see when they click on your name. You can add more details and a description, and upload a user picture.

1. From the drop-down menu at the top-right corner, click on 'Profile':


2. Click on the link 'Edit profile':

3. Click the ? next to some fields to see what these settings do

4. Upload a user picture from your computer

5. Click the "Update profile" button at the very bottom

Grades - Grader report (analytics)

The grader report is the grid view that teachers see. Students see the user report, as they can only see their own grades.

grader report

There can be quite a bit of sideways scroll on this page, so be prepared to scroll to the bottom, then scroll to the right.

Do not alter assignment grades through the grader report! Use the assignment grading page.

Only manual grade items should be altered through the grader report.

Back to grades

Turn editing on

If you are a teacher or manager in a course, you will have the ability to edit.


Administration block > Course administration > Turn editing on


Clicking turn editing on will turn editing on.

Clicking turn editing off will turn editing off.

Editing icons

When you turn editing on in a course, you will see a range of icons:

Edit titleEdit the title of the resource on the page

Move right (or left)Move to the right (or left for a left arrow) resources

MoveMove things by clicking and dragging this icon

EditEdit / Update / Configure - takes you to settings

DuplicateDuplicate makes a clone/copy of the resource or activity

DeleteDelete removes the resource, activity or block from the course

Hide/ShowHide/show lets you make resources or activities visible/invisible to students

Group optionsGroup options - No groups

Group optionsGroup options - Separate groups

Group optionsGroup options - Visible groups

Assign rolesAssign roles lets you assign special privileges (like teacher rights) to a specific activity within the course

Activities - Feedback - Setting up a feedback activity

Choose "Feedback" from the "Add an activity or resource" menu.


Give your feedback activity a name.

Write a brief description (maybe why you are gathering this feedback).

Display description on course page - If enabled, the description above will be displayed on the course page just below the link to the activity or resource.


You can leave these disabled.

Otherwise, choose a date range where students can submit feedback.

Question and submission settings

Record user names

  • Anonymous - you cannot see who has submitted the feedback
  • User's name will be logged and shown with answers - explains itself

Allow multiple submissions - If enabled for anonymous surveys, users can submit feedback an unlimited number of times.

Enable notification of submissions - If enabled, teachers will receive notification of feedback submissions.

Auto number questions - Enables or disables automated numbers for each question.

After submission

Show analysis page - Allows the students to see an analysis page after they've submitted feedback.

Completion message - You can enter a message, maybe a quick thank you, which is displayed after a student submits feedback.

Link to next activity - After submitting the feedback, a continue button is displayed, which links to the course page. Alternatively, it may link to the next activity if the URL of the activity is entered here.

Activities - Feedback - Adding / editing questions in a feedback form

Using the tabs along the top of the activity, choose "Edit questions"


There will be no questions there yet.

Choose a question type:

question types

  • Add a page break
  • Captcha - A test to make sure a real person is filling in the form and not an automatic spamming program of some sort. Asks a person to write out some distorted text which is displayed on screen. You normally won't need this unless you find you are getting spammed a lot.
  • Information - This allows you to choose to display one of three types of information: the time of responding; the course and/ or the category where the feedback is located.
  • Label - Like a standard Moodle label, this allows you to add abritrary text between questions allowing for extra explanation or to divide the Feedback into sections.
  • Longer text answer - This option is for creating a text box (you specify how big it will appear in rows and columns) which people can write a long answer into.
  • Multiple choice - This will give you a series of radio buttons, which starts on 'Not selected' and then has your options afterwards. Only one can be chosen and 'Not selected' is a valid answer if the question is not set to 'required'.
  • Multiple choice (rated) -

    This is similar to the other multiple choice options, except that each option has a numerical value associated with it. You have the choice of using radio buttons or a drop-down list to display the answers.

    For example:

    How much do you enjoy being in class?
    I love it
    I like it
    It's OK
    I don't like it
    I hate it

    It's not possible to (easily) get out an "average" score - particularly if you're asking the same question before and after an event or course. If the Drop-down List (rated) option is used, then numerical values are associated with each option, allowing an average or other measurements of any responses.

    The above question might look like:

    How much do you enjoy being in class?
    [5] I love it
    [4] I like it
    [3] Its OK
    [2] I don't like it
    [1] I hate it

    Which might allow for an average (e.g. "4.5 this term, up from 3.9 last term") to be calculated.

  • Numeric answer - Here, you ask a question which must have a number as an answer and specify the acceptable range e.g. "How many arms would you like, if more than 2 were possible? (please specify 0-10)" with a range of 0-10 set in the options. It helps if you specify the acceptable range in the question text.
  • Short text answer - This option lets you specify a single line answer, with an input box which is a set number of characters long (you choose). You also specify the maximum number of characters you will accept, so that the answer is not too long and/or does not run over the length of the box on screen.

As you add questions you will see them appear in the preview section below.

As a teacher you cannot answer the questions in the feedback form.

For more detailed information on building your feedback form, please see the MoodleDocs.

Course - Topic headings

You may wish to change the topic headings in your course from "Topic 1", "Topic 2" etc to something more informative.

Make sure you have editing turned on.

Under each topic heading section you'll see this icon: Edit Summary

It will say "Edit summary" when you hover over it. Click it.

Section name

Untick "Use default section name" (this is "Topic 1", "Topic 2" etc) and then you can type in your own section name.

Click "Save changes"