Moodle: Options for Limiting Student Access

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Once a Moodle course is made visible to students, it remains in that state until the faculty member chooses to change it. This can bring up issues for academic integrity, making it easy for students to access and share course materials well after they have participated in the course. To mitigate this situation, we offer the following options.

Hide Course Once Complete

After students no longer need access to your course page, you can toggle the visibility. On the top of your course page, click Settings. On the settings page, under general settings, on the right hand of Course Visibility, change from Show to Hide.

Use Access Restrictions

You can set Access Restrictions on any portion of your course that will trigger either manually or automatically, for any activity or course section. This is particularly useful when you want students to retain access to some course material, but want to keep online tests, assignments, or discussions restricted after the course is completed.

Make Robust Assessments

Rather than protecting assessments that are re-used from course to course, consider creating a bank of assessment prompts in the Moodle Question Bank. Using this feature, each time a student creates an attempt in Moodle Quiz, they will be given a new selection of questions. This can encourage students to collaborate on questions without risking them copying answers. 


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Created by Carly Born, Tue 2/22/22 1:20 PM, last edited by Sam Johnson-Lacoss '24, 11/29/2023.

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