Cohorts, or site-wide groups, enable all members of a cohort to be enrolled in a course in one action, either manually or synchronised automatically.
To create a cohort manually
- Access Site administration > Users > Accounts > Cohorts
- Click the Add button
- Complete the form and click the 'Save changes' button
- Follow the assign link opposite the cohort name in the list of available cohorts
- Select potential users from the list then click the Add button
To synchronise cohort members with course participants, the Cohort sync enrolment plugin should be enabled in Site administration > Plugins > Enrolments > Manage enrol plugins.
Enrolling a cohort in a course
In order to actually enrol users from a Cohort into courses the Cohort-Sync Enrollment plugin needs to be added to the enrollment methods for the course. The Administrator will first need to enable the Cohort-Sync enrollment plugin site wide (Site administration > Plugins > Enrollments) and then add it to the required Course (Course administration > Users > Enrollment Methods). At this stage the Cohort-Sync instance for the course is edited and the appropriate Cohort selected. The role to which the Cohort users are assigned is also selected at this point (typically Student).
Visiting the Course administration > Users > Enrolled Users page will show users enrolled via the Cohort-Sync plugin.
Note that, by default, a teacher cannot add this plugin to their course. It needs to be configured by an Administrator or a user with the Manager role.