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Configuring your Course for Guest Access

Published on August 20, 2012 in Moodle LMS

This feature allows any authenticated user (logged in) to access the course, including those who have logged in “as guest”.


Teachers set up a password to the course.

  1. Access the particular course to which you wish to provide Guest Access.
  2. Under Settings on the left-hand side, click Users and then click Enrolment methods.
  3. In the center of pane, choose Guest Access from the drop-down menu.
  4. Next, in the Guest Access row under the Edit column, click the “closed eye” to enable this feature.
  5. Under Settings on the left-hand side, click Edit Settings.
  6. Under the Guest Access heading, change the Allow Guest Access drop-down menu to Yes.
  7. Enter a password of your choosing.
  8. Click Save changes at the bottom of the screen.


Teachers should provide the individual course link (like this one: either via email, their web page, or a newsletter. When the parent clicks on this link, the Moodle site will load.

  1. Parents should click Login as a guest.
  2. On the next page, the parents should enter the provided guest password and click Submit it.
  3. Parents can then view the course.


NOTE: Guest Access passwords may not be shared on a public web presence such as a website, wiki, or other publicly-accessible location. It may be sent via email or a written, published document that is not publicly accessible.

NOTE: Guests in a course ALWAYS have “read-only” access, meaning they cannot leave any posts or otherwise mess up the course for real students. No user information is stored for a guest.

NOTE: This can be handy when you want to let a colleague in to look around at your work, or to let students see a course before they have decided to enroll.

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