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    User Authentication in Moodle

    In Moodle, my boss has set user authentication via AD and email addy, but we do not have enough email addresses for the bottom two years in the school - and can't afford them anyway. Can we set up different authentication for different users or is there any other way around this??

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    do you actually use the email addresses? for forum subscriptions etc? If you don't , then just use fake emails and set them to disabled.

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    Yeah fake emails would work, very little comes back from Moodle to these accounts, you can always change passwords within moodle so wouldn't be a problem for forgotten passwords.

    Are you in a primary school? If so how is Moodle working out for you?

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    We are a 'middle deemed secondary' school and Moodle is working out well: see lvp.lockyersmid.dorset.sch.uk. My boss is very keen!

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    Cool beans, glad it is working out well!
    I'm a big fan of Moodle, it's just the battle with the teachers fear now. Slowly getting them onboard, slowly as predicted
    moodle.unity.northants.sch.uk

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    It always seem to be a battle getting the teachers to do things in Moodle. I had the fun job of getting teachers onboard in 2 schools!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevehill06 View Post
    It always seem to be a battle getting the teachers to do things in Moodle. I had the fun job of getting teachers onboard in 2 schools!
    Without being too 'teacher-bashing' - it is a battle getting many teachers to do ANYTHING new to do with ICT

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    The F(ear) Factor is one of their favourite shows me thinks.
    I have turned a few teachers round with regard to it. It's a lot handier if you have the time for training and talking to them though. The majority of my job involves communicating with teachers so becomes handy when you are more 'friends' with them then just saying "we're doing this now....".
    Would like things to move quicker but alas, walking pace is better than standing still.

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    You can have more than one authenication method, so you could for example set up manual accounts for the other pupils, or to get additional email addresses use the free Live@edu from Microsoft

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    Is there any reason you couldn't use LDAP?
    If you need a hand setting up I can lend a virtual hand
    Last edited by mb2k01; 1st December 2009 at 04:24 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mb2k01 View Post
    Is there any reason you couldn't use LDAP?
    @witch:

    Yes I too was going to ask this question?

    As for the site all I can say is "Perfik" looks good

    Also why do you have to pay for e-mail accounts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bossman View Post
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    Also why do you have to pay for e-mail accounts?
    I'd hazzard a guess they have RM Easymail and have to buy an additional block of addresses or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mb2k01 View Post
    I'd hazzard a guess they have RM Easymail and have to buy an additional block of addresses or something.
    Yes, that is the case.

    I will pass on the info about the manual set up or edu@ to my boss who is doing it all.
    As for LDAP - don't really understand it - can it be used with different authentications or what?

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    Live@Edu is really worth looking into... if you want to be really clever you can authenticate in Moodle using Windows Live ID and get the email up in a Moodle block

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    Quote Originally Posted by gshaw View Post
    Live@Edu is really worth looking into... if you want to be really clever you can authenticate in Moodle using Windows Live ID and get the email up in a Moodle block
    I must get back to you about that - and the other customisations!

    Having said that I think (for other reasons) I've decided to not go with using the Live accounts for my moodle authenication

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