What is self-registration on an LMS? Is it safe?

Today, LMS’s like Moodle allow email-based self-registration on the portal. When you enable this option, you can allow the interested learners to use their email addresses as usernames to create their accounts. You can also block certain email domains from getting used to create an account on the LMS. Moreover, you can provide instructions to users on how to create credentials for the LMS portals.

There can be risks associated with email-based self-registration.

It’s because spammers can also land up on your LMS portal when you have advertised the signup link to the LMS portal everywhere.

So, your LMS portal can be hacked.

If you want to use Recaptcha so that spammers are not registering on your LMS portal it can be provided to users while they are creating usernames and passwords.

Once the users have created their usernames and passwords, they are sent emails to confirm their account. Although the interested users can still click on the self-registration link, they can still be controlled from registration. It’s because when they create LMS accounts and click on activation links in email, the administrators can still delete their user accounts from the LMS dashboard. He can do so if they are trying to register for a sensitive course that might not be open for all.

The kind of courses available to an employee is decided based on his job in the organization. So, the available courses for an employee can be decided after discussing them with his manager.


There can be many benefits of self-registration on an LMS. The first of them is that you pass the link to the learners. This link to the LMS portal can be sent to them in an email.

Link can be advertised

You can also promote the course of the LMS in the elearning platform. This makes sure that whenever you want to attract an audience, you provide this self-registration link. So, they can register themselves on the portal, browse through it and let others know.

Collecting data

The LMS administrators can get as important data as they can about those who register because they can get information such as age, gender etc. The users might not visit the LMS frequently but they have passed on their data.

The self-registration course also allows learners to complete the course within a deadline. It’s because you approve their registration to the course and hence also put in a log in date. The corporate learners who have registered for the curse can thus fulfil the company compliance requirements.

So, you can make sure self-registration happens smoothly when you follow all security-based considerations for it.


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