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Request Course Designer Access to Moodle

Course Designers can add resources and activities to a Moodle Course and control the layout and organization of the course, but cannot view student activity and do not have access to the grade book.

Instructors should use this form to obtain Course Designer access to their Moodle course for departmental staff, colleagues or student assistants who are helping them design their Moodle course, but are not associated with their course in SPIRE. Note: Course Designers must have active IT Accounts.

Important: To add Course Designer access for a Teaching Assistant already enrolled in your Moodle course, do not use this form. See Access to Moodle for Teaching Assistants.

Protect Student Privacy
In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), all University employees are legally and ethically obligated to protect the confidentiality of student records. In particular, names of students and their work should not be exposed to anyone outside the class without the students’ consent.

With a few exceptions, activities, blocks, and tools in Moodle that would reveal student identities are automatically closed to Course Designers. If any of the following are used in your course, and you have Course Designers who are not TAs in your course, you may address the problem as follows:

  • Latest News block: Remove the block or change permissions to prevent Course Designers from viewing the Latest News block in your course. 
  • Comments block: Use a Forum activity instead or change permissions to prevent Course Designers from viewing the Comments block in your course.
  • Glossary and Database activities: These activities may reveal authors' names. If students have contributed content to a Glossary or Database, you should change permissions to prevent Course Designer access.

If you have any questions or need assistance with protecting student data in Moodle, please contact the Instructional Media Lab at 413-545-2823 or

See Access to Moodle – Overview for more information on obtaining access to Moodle courses.

Questions? Email or call 413-545-2823.

Creating special accounts is a manual process and may take up to three (3) business days. You will receive an email confirming your request, or with details on additional steps you need to take. This email will be sent to the address you give below, so be sure that it is correct.

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