In Moodle 1.9, assigning Teacher role to a user in the Category context means the user will have access to ALL courses under the category as a Teacher.
In Moodle 2.0, this no longer applies. Assigning Teacher role in the Category context do not automatically gives Teacher access to all the courses as Teacher.
So how does one group courses under each category, say Science subject and give Science Teachers the appropriate access to all the courses contained within?
To begin with, the Teacher role is not even shown in the Category context anymore. Only Managers and Course Creators are shown.
Recover the Teacher Role Option in the Category Context
To add Teacher role into the Category context the site administrator needs to tick the “category” option under “Context types where this role may be assigned” found in Settings > Site administration > Users > Permission > Define roles
So here are 5 ways to assign Teacher role in Category Context:
1. Use enrolment method at course level either “manual enrolment” or “self enrolmnent” with key feeding to Teacher role for courses under the category
2. Assign Manager role at the Category context, this gives teachers access to ALL courses in the category
3. Assign Manager role in System context (not recommended), this gives teacher access to ALL courses in ALL categories (and entire system, including front page)
4. Use cohort and category sync plugin – understanding of cohort and category sync required for teacher role and may be overly complicated
5. Role Definition – after enabling category context under teacher role settings (see to add teacher role into the category context above) to ensure that new courses created will have teachers assigned automatically, the administrator needs to set to “allow” the capability enrol/category:synchronised for the role in question. Go to Settings > Site Administration > Users > Permissions > Define roles.
So there you are, five options for assigning Teacher role in Category Context.
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Author: Samuel J Tan
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