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.
With Moodle 2.7, however, this can now be achieved using the newly-improved Conditional Access functionality!
In previous versions of Moodle it was possible to allow a specific grouping access to a particular activity, resource or even an entire section within the course. Now with Moodle 2.7, the ability to add restrictions dynamically makes it possible to permit (or prevent) access for a number of groups or groupings, not just a single one.
In addition, it is now possible to make the content visible or invisible based on these conditions too.
And because Moodle 2.7 also allows you to combine conditions by configuring a “Restriction set”, you are now able to combine different sets of conditions which makes it easy to differentiate contentfor different groups AND at different dates in the course - great if you are managing a number of staggered intakes within the same course!