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 Further to Carl’s recent post (Moodle Tips: Improvements to conditional access in Moodle 2.7) relating to the re-designed Conditional Access features in Moodle 2.7, I wanted to focus on a particular improvement which will be welcomed by a number of our clients.

When configuring courses to work with groups, we are often asked whether it is possible to allow certain resources/activities to be made visible only to specific groups within the course. While this has previously been achieved by enabling an experimental setting in Moodle (Site Administration > Development > Experimental > Group members only) many organisations are not entirely comfortable with using an experimental setting in a live site.


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One of our favourite Moodle themes this month is one that we designed for Youthspace. We think the new Youthspace website design is great and were delighted to have been commissioned to create a complementary Moodle theme. The new Youthspace is nice and light with lots of space for images.



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Before explaining the improvements to restrictive access that have occurred in 2.7, I am beginning this post with a brief description of what conditional access is so if there is anyone still using 1.9, you can find out what you are missing out on!

Conditional access was first introduced in Moodle 2.0 after being one of the most requested and voted for features in the Moodle 2.0 development list. At last, course developers have the power to ensure course participants meet criteria or set of criteria (by date, grade or activity completion - another great Moodle 2.0 addition) before they are able access a certain activity in their course.

Since conditional access was introduced, there has been gradual improvement in the functionality. First was to restrict access to sections and then that conditions could be based on data in participants’ profile fields thus allowing course developers to provide activities for specific students, e.g. from a particular department.

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