General plugins (Local): Temporary enrolments

Maintained by Picture of Andrew ZitoAndrew Zito
A Moodle plugin to manage temporary/provisional course site access for wait-listed or unregistered students.
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Often a student or other user needs to be given access to a course site -- in order to read the syllabus, complete homework, etc. -- but is not officially enrolled in the course (i.e., through the registrar.) They may be waitlisted, not have turned in their registration form, or be waiting for their registration to process. A potential and easy solution is to allow teachers/professors to enrol users in their Moodle courses. When a student requires access but has not been granted it through the usual process, due to not being registered, they can ask the teacher and the teacher can give them access to the course website by enrolling them in Moodle.

However, this is not the ideal solution. It is inelegant in that it draws no separation in the Moodle context between a registered course member and someone who is merely being granted course website access. The connection between Moodle 'enrolment' and actual, registrar-verified course enrolment becomes tenuous and messy. Even more importantly, this confusion can spread to the site user experience. Students may mistakenly believe that they are offically enrolled in a course because they have Moodle access, when in fact their enrolment has not been processed by the registrar. This can lead to serious problems if the student does not officially register by the add/drop deadline.

This plugin is intended as a solution to the above problem. It provides a way for teachers to enrol students on an enforced temporary basis; i.e., the enrolment is automatically terminated after a period of time. While Moodle's built-in manual enrolment method *does* provide the ability to limit the length of those manual enrolments, it does *not* provide a way to make that length different per user -- meaning that *all* manual enrolments would become temporary, which is not the desired behavior. Rather than creating another enrolment method, this plugin utilizes a more lightweight solution -- it provides all of its functionality by keying off of a specific role. For more information on the functionality of the plugin, read on.


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  • Picture of Plugins bot
    Wed, Mar 28, 2018, 3:40 AM
    Approval issue created: CONTRIB-7233
  • Picture of Milciades Ramirez
    Thu, Mar 14, 2019, 10:45 PM
    hello Andrew. I hope you are fine..

    I have not used this plugin yet... but I found it very interesting.

    Useful for new users to test a course without being officially enrolled. Trials

    Could it have an expiration for the testing of the course by a number of activities or lessons?

    Thanks.. excellent work..
  • Picture of Andrew Zito
    Fri, Mar 22, 2019, 10:13 PM
    Hi Milciades,

    Do you mean an enrolment that expires when the student has completed a certain number of activities?
  • Picture of Pak Guru
    Fri, Aug 9, 2019, 8:36 AM
    we still use moodle 3.3., due to php version for next moodle version. is it compatible with moodle 3.3. ?
  • Picture of Andrew Zito
    Mon, Aug 12, 2019, 10:31 PM
    Hi Pak, unfortunately Moodle 3.3 is no longer supported by core, and I no longer keep this plugin up to date with a 3.3 version. However, you can try the 3.4 version -- it may work.
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