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Do you want a selected group of users to have exclusive access to a whole section of your Moodle course?

For example, create a ‘Staff Room’ section, or a section for a functional group, such as ‘Finance’. If you used a hidden section, group members would be restricted to those with editing- or non-editing teacher roles.

You can restrict section access to a grouping, with member-roles from ‘student’ to ‘editing teacher’, with normal on-screen visibility. However, at first sight it doesn’t seem to be an option! Here’s how to set that up.

First, your administrator needs to access Site Administration> Development> Experimental> Experimental Settingsand tick Enable group members only.

Restrict course-section access

Once that’s done, turn your attention to the course where you want to restrict section access to a Grouping:

  • Turn editing on.
  • Go to the section to which you want to apply a Grouping Access Restriction, and click the Edit Summary icon

Restrict course-section access

In Restrict Access, you’ll discover an extra setting has appeared at the top, called Grouping Access

Restrict course-section access

From the dropdown, choose which Grouping you want to have access to the section, for example ‘Staff’’, followed bySave.

Now only the members of groups in the Staff Grouping can access that section.

Remember to set the Groupings settings for each activity in the restricted section as normal to manage access to individual activities.

Restrict course-section access

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