Information Services

Self Enrol Courses

Learn offers the ability for some courses to be setup to allow any user of Learn to self-enrol onto the course as a student. These courses are ideal for self-directed optional courses, as well as training materials that are suitable for the entire University of Edinburgh community.

Looking for Help with Learn?

From the beginning of the 23/24 academic year, all new courses will be delivered using an updated Learn interface. In order to ensure that users can access support materials for current and previous year courses we have kept old support materials on Edweb pages and created a new Sharepoint Learn site full of useful resources for the new interface.

For Learn resources for current courses, please visit the Learn Sharepoint (University of Edinburgh users only).

Here you can access the most up-to-date information such as:

  • Good practice guidance
  • Training and support resources 
  • How to guides

To access support material for older courses please use the pages below as usual.


Why Self-Enrol?

Some courses may be optional and made available to the wider University. It is possible to create a course that can be signed up to by any student or member of staff who has access to Learn.

When you enrol into a self-enrol course you are given the student role and it is possible for Instructors on this course to see who is a participant in the course. Self-enrol courses do not use a feed in EUCLID and need to be setup manually. Typically these courses are used for general interest, self directed personal development, or skills and training courses.

If you would like to find out more about using or setting up a self-enrol course you can contact the IS Helpline

Enrolling on a self-enrol course

Staff may wish to use these instructions for their own handbooks or web pages to pass on to students:

How to enrol onto a self-enrol course

Users need to search for self-enrol courses via the course catalogue: 

  1. Login to Learn  

  1. Select ‘Course Catalogue’ in the top right corner      

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  1. The ‘Search catalogue’ options will load. Enter the course name in the search catalogue section and select ‘Go’. If you aren’t sure what the name of the course is, try ‘Browse Categories’. 

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  1. Expand the options menu next to the relevant Course ID (you’ll need to hover over it). Select ‘enrol’.  

  1. The self-enrol overlay will load providing further course information. Select ‘Submit’. An enrolment success screen will load. Then select OK to access the course.