Enrolment: Guest Cohort

enrol_guestcohort
Maintained by Picture of Andrei Băutu Andrei Băutu
Guest Cohort is an enrolment plugin that mixes the features from guest enrolment with those of cohort sync. More exactly, it allows you to provide quest access to users that belong to a particular cohort.
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Guest Cohort

What is it?

Guest Cohort is an enrolment plugin for Moodle that mixes the features from guest enrolment with those of cohort sync. More exactly, it allows you to provide quest access to users that belong to a particular cohort. These users will be able to view these the resources of the course, but will not be able to take part in its activities (they can not complete assignments, they can not take quizes, they will not show in participants lists, they will not get emails from News forums, etc).

Where to use it?

You can use it to give guest access to a course to a group of users, without leaving your course open to all guests and without requiring you to giveout password or them to enter passwords.

On example is when you have cohorts of students organized by year of study: 1st Year, 2nd Year, etc. You allow each year to participate in their courses, most likely using Cohort sync enrolment instances. So 1st year students participate in courses for 1st year, 2nd year students participate in courses for 2nd year and so on. This is what you can do with Moodle core. If you install this plugin, you can give students guest access to courses from previous year. For example, in courses for 1st year you also add Guest Cohort enrolment instances for 2nd Year cohorts. This will allow 2nd year students to view resources from previous year, either to study for postponed exams or to refresh their knowledge. They will do this in guest mode, a "silent" mode that will not bother teachers and students from 1st Year.


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  • Picture of Plugins bot
    Tue, 28 Nov 2017, 9:00 PM
    Approval issue created: CONTRIB-7133
  • Picture of Ketan Chandaria
    Thu, 4 Jan 2018, 7:16 AM
    Hi Andrei
    Can this plugin be modified or additionally include feature whereby, a guest (not cohort) can access without the need to login. Also ... can we restrict the access to only a pre-defined activity or resource (like video, book, lesson, quiz, etc...) ... so as to create a course sample or teaser ... something similar to what we see as 'free preview' on udemy / coursera.
    If you need support, we can work together to have this developed and make it freely available to the moodle community.
  • Picture of Andrei Băutu
    Thu, 4 Jan 2018, 12:54 PM
    Giving guest access to a user is already available via the guest enrollment plugin offered by Moodle. You can create an instance in any course, which will give access to registered and unregistered users.

    Because this is an enrollment plugin, Moodle only uses it to give or block access to the course itself, not its content. If you want to restrict access to some content within the course, you need availability plugins. In particular, what you want to do can be done with the contributed availability_role plugin or with the core availability_profile plugin (add the restriction that User profile field Email Address Is not empty)

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