Permissions for Course Development - Quick Start

An overview of the permissions needed in Moodle and on the Oppia server for content creators to publish and review their courses from Moodle to the Oppia app.

Permissions in Moodle

The content creator will need to have either/both:

  • teacher permissions in the course/s they need to update (in the case of existing courses)
  • course creator permissions in the category they are going to create courses in (in the case of creating new courses)

It shouldn’t be necessary for the content creator to need full admin permissons in Moodle. You can find more information on the Moodle roles and permissions system here: https://docs.moodle.org/en/Roles_and_permissions

Publishing/Pushing a new course to an Oppia server

If the content creator is publishing/pushing a new course to the Oppia server (i.e. one that doesn’t yet exist on the specific Oppia server), then the course creator will need either:

Updating a course on an Oppia server

To update a course, the content creator will need to have the permissions above for publishing a new course.

  • If the course being updated is one that the content creator had already published, then they don’t need any extra permissions.
  • If the course being updated is one that someone else has previously published, the content creator will need specific permission to publish this course (see: Add permission to republish a course)

Draft vs Live Courses

When published to the Oppia server, draft and live courses are treated as independent courses, so you might find you need to give permissions for each.

For example: If a course has been published live by another user, but there isn’t a draft for it, then the content creator will be able to publish a new draft version with just the new course permissions. But they will need the update permissions to publish the live version.

In this way you could have content creators who are able to push changes to the draft version, but different users being able to finally publish as live.

Staging vs Live Servers

If you have separate staging and live Oppia servers, then these are independent instances of Oppia, so permissions need to be set up separately on each instance.

You might also want to have different permissions for different users on staging vs live servers.