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Moodle® For Dummies® by Radana Dvorak

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Implementing Moodle Roles and Course Permissions

I've touched on Moodle roles in every chapter so far, and it's high time to spend a few minutes defining them, how they affect course capabilities, and what you can do if you want changes made to your course. Even though you may think that you don't really need to worry about roles and permission capabilities, and all this is starting to sound like you may have to put on your techie hat, don't be disheartened. Having a basic understanding of where to find more information if needed will give you skills to manage how your learners and anyone else coming to your course can interact with it. Read on — I promise it's worth your time!

image Even if you don't have an Administrator permission status, this information will be useful in persuading and/or helping your IT admin to set specific permissions on your account so you have more control over your course. “The most valuable commodity I know of is information,” said Gordon Gekko (played by Michael Douglas in the 1987 film Wall Street). This statement is true here as well: The more you know, the more you can help others help you.

Understanding roles and permissions

Moodle has a number of predefined rolls, as shown in Table 4-1. Each role has certain capabilities and permissions assigned to it that specify what a user can do within a Moodle course and/or site, and a user can be assigned multiple ...

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