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Moodle tech tips – Adding user profile fields

Did you know it’s possible to add various types of new fields to users profiles?A number of input types are available such as text input, text area, check box, and drop down menu items.

We use additional profile fields on our MoodleBites online training site (http://www.moodlebites.com) for the following:

  • Gender – because we have many international participants we don’t always recognise first names as male or female
  • Moodle version – that the user is currently using

There are many potential uses for additional user profile fields such as:

  • In a corporate environment you might add a field for identifying departments
  • In a multi-site organisation you could have a field with the users office location
  • In a school site you could have the student’s favourite sport

Essentially the purpose of additional user profile fields is only limited by your imagination, and the type of information that would enhance a users profile, for themselves and others.

It’s also possible to filter and query by these values, so that opens up a whole new area of potential use too !

Stuart Mealor
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Stuart Mealor

Stuart is interested in all things e-learning, with specific interests in Moodle, e-learning strategy, and business development. His experience in education over 30 years, MBA in International Business, and knowledge of e-learning systems implementation, together with graphic design background, give him a unique skill set for e-learning projects.

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