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You are able to manage access for users you add to your course with the role of Guest.

When Guest access is enabled, Guests can see as much or as little of your course as you allow. The Course Menu links, Content Areas, Tools, and attached files need to be opened for Guest access through the following steps. 

Step-by-step guide

Step 1: Allow Guest Access to the Course. 

Before a user with a Guest role in your course can see any part of the course, you need to Allow Guest Access. 

  1. Locate the Control Panel at the bottom of the Course Menu.
  2. Click Customization. 

  1. Click Guest and Observer Access

  2. Allow or restrict Guest Access as desired. 

  3. Click Submit.
  4. You will see a confirmation message appear. 

Step 2: Allow Guests to access to course Tools and Content Areas.

Users with a Guest role in your course will not see any course Tools and Content Areas until you make them visible to Guests. 

  1. Control Panel
  2. Customization
  3. Tool Availability
  4. Select the Tools to make available to Guests in the "Visible to Guest" column

Access to Guests is limited.  

  • Only a small subset of the Tools can be made available to Guests.  
  • Most often, you will want to select Announcements and Content Area.  
  • Guests cannot be given access to Discussion Boards, Blogs, or Journals.

Step 3: Make each Content Area Link in your Course Menu appear for Guests. 

For every Content Area links on your Course Menu to display for users with a Guest role in your course, you need to follow these steps for each link.  

  1. Select the Menu link.

  2. Click the contextual menu (double down arrows).
  3. Select Permit Guests.

Step 4: Allow Guests to access Attached Content Collection Files. 

Without performing these steps, Guests can see content that appears within the browser page, but cannot access and documents attached from your Content Colleciton without providing login information.

  1. Click on the chevron next to the folder you created to disclose the menu. 
  2. Choose Permissions.
  3. Click the Add Course User List button at the top of the content frame
  4. Select the box next to Guest
  5. Choose the permissions you wish to allow Guests (normally, you will select only "Read"). 
  6. Click Submit.


For questions or comments, contact the Computer Services Help Desk