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Set Course to View

By default, all courses are initially hidden from student view. Instructors need to make courses viewable for students to access them.


  1. Log into Moodle and click on the course that you'd like to make viewable.
  2. Make a quick count of how many topics/sections you have in your course. This will help in step #7.
  3. From the course homepage, click on the gear menu in the upper right corner and choose Edit Settings.
  4. Under the General heading, locate the dropdown menu to the right of Course visibility.
  5. Choose Show.
  6. Scroll down and click on Course Format.
  7. If the number of sections is set to 0, select the number you counted in step #2. 
  8. Scroll to the bottom of the page and choose Save and display.
  9. Scroll to the bottom of your course page. If you see orphaned activities, go back into Edit Settings (step #3) and choose a larger number.




  • You can check if your course is hidden or shown by looking at your dashboard. Courses that are hidden say that they are hidden underneath the course name.


  • After setting your course to view, you might end up with orphaned activities, making it look like content has disappeared. See Fixing Orphaned Activities to remedy this issue.
  • Online instructors are encouraged to make their courses visible to students a few days prior to the start of the semester so that students can become familiar with the course layout and content.
  • At the end of the semester, courses should be hidden from student view to protect copywritten material.