Enrolment: Enrol by user profile fields

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This plugin allows users to be enrolled according to any value stored in their user profile.
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This plugin allows users to be enrolled according to any value stored in their user profile. If you use an external authentication scheme (LDAP, Shibboleth), you can store values in hidden user fields of the users' Moodle profile, and then use these values to automatically enrol users if some courses.


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  • Picture of Nicolas Dunand
    Tue, 8 May 2018, 2:34 PM
    safiyullah mohamed, make sure you have set up the plugin properly, i.e. in the plugin preferences read all settings descriptions in Site Adminitration > Plugins > Enrolment > Enrol by user profile fields.
  • Picture of Александр Сабов
    Wed, 30 May 2018, 11:05 PM
    Hi, friends!

    I have a problem, please help.
    After installing and configuring the plugin, I added the method into the course. If I configure only one simple condition (button "Add condition") - it works correctly, users are enroled. BUT if I configure the same rule but into the group condition (button "Add group") - it doesn't work, users are not enroled...
    What could it be because of?

    Moodle version 3.5.
    Plugin version 2.5.2.
    LDAP authentication.
  • Picture of Andrew Davis
    Fri, 15 Jun 2018, 12:05 AM
    I'm sure that I'm missing something pretty basic, but I can't figure this out. I have installed this plugin and enabled. It does not show in the list of enrollment methods. I see it in the list of enrollment plugins and it is set to Default Role of student. Under Manage Enrol Plugins I have it at the top of the list. If I go into a course and go to enrollment, it does not display. Either in the list or in the drop down. I'm sure that I'm doing something wrong.
    I am using moodle 3.3.2
  • Picture of Андрій Чорний
    Wed, 1 Aug 2018, 2:37 AM
    Hi. Can u explain how it enrol users? by cron or manual (pressing "Force enrolments now" )?
    How it configure?
  • Picture of Nicolas Dunand
    Thu, 2 Aug 2018, 2:29 PM
    Hi Андрій,

    By cron (every 6 hours), or you can click the "Force enrolments now" (after the created rule has been saved) if you want the enrolments to happen immediately.
  • Picture of Nicolas Dunand
    Thu, 2 Aug 2018, 2:31 PM
    Hi Andrew,

    Please make sure to set all plugin settings correctly in the site administration. If you don't set these up, the plugin can't work and hence won't show up in the course enrolment methods.
  • Picture of Denis Glagolev
    Wed, 8 Aug 2018, 3:57 PM
    Hi Nicolas, I have the same problem as Andrew:
    I have installed plugin and enabled with default role of student, but when I go into a course management -> users -> enrollment methods - it does not display in menu "add method".
    Only other metods
    Moodle 3.5
  • Picture of Nicolas Dunand
    Wed, 8 Aug 2018, 4:08 PM
    Hi Denis,

    Same answer as to Andrew : did you check the plugin settings and what are they set to? This is why the enrolment method does not show up
  • Picture of Denis Glagolev
    Wed, 8 Aug 2018, 4:23 PM
    Dear Nicolas, I have only one setting - enrol_attributes | default_roleid, where I can choose Student, Assistant etc.
  • Picture of Nicolas Dunand
    Wed, 8 Aug 2018, 4:56 PM
    Thanks Denis,

    This plugin works with custom fields only, not regular profile fields.

    1. You have to define at lease one extra profile field in Site administration > Users > Accounts > User profile fields.
    2. In the plugins settings, you can then select this field.
    3. In the course enrolments, you will then see the enrolment method available.
  • Picture of Denis Glagolev
    Wed, 8 Aug 2018, 5:58 PM
    Nicolas, now its working, but I'm not understand how it works >.<
  • Picture of Bert van der Hooft
    Tue, 14 Aug 2018, 1:56 PM

    Is it possible to connect this feature to standard profile items? E.g. connecting it to the authentication method? Or (a part of) the email address? I have a semi open site in which some content is open and some not.

  • Picture of Nicolas Dunand
    Tue, 14 Aug 2018, 2:42 PM
    Hi Bert,

    No, this is not possible at the moment and would need to be programmed in the plugin code.
  • Picture of Sarah Ruth Finkel
    Thu, 16 Aug 2018, 5:54 AM
    Hi Nicolas, Thank you for this plugin! There is not a lot of documentation so I have a question about the "Force enrolments now" button. I was able to get the plugin working correctly on Moodle 3.4. I have one custom user profile field (a dropdown with a handful of options) which are the eligible options to enroll students into the course. If the student self-registers and chooses the correct option from the dropdown menu of this field, they are automatically enrolled in the course. It doesn't seem like there is that 6 hour cron delay as mentioned in the other comments. We do have cron set up to run every 5 mins or so. It's important that they are able to immediately access the course. What exact do the "Force enrolments" and "Purge enrolments" buttons do?

    Eventually, we are going to open up registration so that anyone who self-registers will be able to access the courses. How will using this plugin affect this? We want the students enrolled this way to stay enrolled in the course so I'm not sure if the "Unenrol after attributes expiration" would help or interfer with this?

    Again, this plugin may be a lifesaver for our use case. I just want to make sure it will meet all of our needs smile
  • Picture of Nicolas Dunand
    Thu, 16 Aug 2018, 3:14 PM
    Hi Sarah,

    That's a great use case and I'm glad the plugin helps.

    1. The "Force enrolments" and "Purge enrolments" buttons are there so that you can fiddle with a rule and see immediately if and how it works (by seeing how many users are enrolled), or if you want to make sure that a rule change takes effect immediately.

    2. Self registration and Attributes registration are independent and additive. That is, a user can be enrolled into a course by either method, or both – it won't make any difference to them.
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