I was hoping that some savvy Moodler could enlighten me as to how users can be "managed" outside of a course. Here is my question:
Once users have enrolled in a course, then they are "all in one place" where you can communicate with them via forum posts, etc. But, how do you do this before they enroll themselves in a course? Here is an example: A course is set to start on a certain date at which time users enter their key and enroll in the course. Let's say that before a course starts I want to send them an email reminding them about the course, with specific instructions, etc. I can't do that because they are commingled with all of the other members.
Is there a way to manage users site-wide? Could the Groups feature be expanded so that when users register they can be added to a group even before entering a course (maybe even grouped by course)? I figure I could have a course "open" even though it has not yet started and have users enroll themselves before the start date, but I usually have all of the content/resources added to a course beforehand and I don't want users to have access to it before the start date.
Since my site is not managed under an education administration system, it might be that I am missing some sort of user management system as well.
Thanks for any insight,