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Moodle tech tips – Locking user fields

How can Moodle administrators stop users changing their email address to a mailbox that is full, or no longer active?If you are an organisation that manually creates accounts for your users (or you use Email-based self registration) you can head over to:

Admin > Plugins > Authentication > Manual accounts / Email-based self registration

In earlier versions of Moodle these would be found under:

Admin > Users > Authentication > ...

Many administrators gloss over this page, but it’s useful in that it allows you to lock fields against further changes.  Obviously users cannot change their username, so that isn’t an option here, although some password policy settings are available for manual accounts.

However, many other user profile fields can be changed from Unlocked, to Locked.

If you make this change on the Email address field for example, then users will not be permitted to change the email address from their user profile.

Problem solved !


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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