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Work in a Moodle Course that is Hidden from Students

The Navigation tray and My courses block on Moodle automatically list all courses that are available to an instructor. In the Navigation tray, courses available to students are in black and have a mortarboard icon (Mortarboard icon). Courses which are available to instructors, but hidden from students will be grey and have an eye icon with a slash (Hidden course icon).

On the My courses block, courses available to students are listed under My courses.

To see courses hidden from students in the My courses block, click Show hidden courses

To access your courses, click the name of the course in the Navigation tray or My courses block

Note: There are a number of reasons a course might be hidden from students:

  • New Moodle courses are created hidden from students. UMass IT opens courses one business day prior to the start of the semester; however, if you request a course after this release date it will remain hidden until you manually change the course availability.
  • After the close of the semester, UMass IT makes courses unavailable to students.
  • The instructor could have set the course to be hidden/unavailable.

To release a Moodle course, or hide it from Students, see Make Your Moodle Course Available to Students.

To release a course to an individual student so that they can work on an Incomplete, see Assign Roles to Individuals in your Moodle Course.

If you do not see your course listed as hidden or available to students, ensure that you have requested the course in SPIRE (you must request Moodle courses each semester you will teach them), and that it is ready to use (you will receive an email when the course has been created).

For more on requesting a Moodle course, see Request Your Moodle Course - Overview or contact the Instructional Media Lab at 413-545-2823 or