I've run an extranet Moodle system for a couple of years now, and managed to persuade our institution to adopt the Moodle CMS.
I used to run things with a set of permanent courses, whose content could be updated continuously.
When the end of the academic year came, I would simply reset the courses. Alumni could re-enrol on the courses if they wished, to keep track of course resources for a couple of years after they had graduated. Fine.
Our institution in their proposed model however, is suggesting that courses become temporary things. At the end of each academic year, they would duplicate the course, freeze one copy, allow alumni to access that frozen copy (including student-uploaded work and the staff feedback on it), and then have new students accessing the separate, still-living but temporary copy of the course.
This latter approach seems counterintuitive to me, as it involves duplicating content and gives alumni access to something which is no-longer updated.
Is this the right way to go about things? If the role and permissions of a student are changed when they become alumni, would they still appear (inappropriately) in the course's gradebook?
I'd be grateful for shared throughts.