KB1167 - Granting Guest Access to Your Course

IMPORTANT UPDATE: As of October 4, 2022, the link to your course must include '&saml=off' at the end.
For example, "https://moodle.vcc.ca/course/view.php?id=12345&saml=off"

Moodle has a built-in "Guest account". Visitors can log in as guests using the "Login as a guest" button on the login screen and enter any courses which allow guest access.

In addition, logged-in users can enter any courses which allow guest access without being required to enrol. This feature 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 enrol.

Guests ALWAYS have "read-only" access - meaning they can't leave any posts or otherwise mess up the course for real students.

Guest users cannot:

  • View participants in a course
  • Post in forums
  • Edit wiki pages
  • Participate in a chat
  • Take quizzes or Questionnaire (or Feedback)
  • Submit assignments
  • Add glossary or database activity entries or comments
  • Receive any scores or grades (because of the read-only access)


How to Allow Guest Access

To set up Guest Access for your course,

  1. From the NAV Drawer on the top-left, choose Participants 
  2. Use the green gear or cog drop-down menu on the right of the Participants screen to select Enrolment methods. 
  3. The Guest access enrolment method must be enabled (black font). If it's disabled (grey font) click on the "eye" icon on the far right to change it. If the Guest access method isn't present, you can add it by choosing it in the 'Add method' dropdown menu.
    enrolment methods screen
  4. You MUST set a password for the Guest User
    Allowing Guest Access
  5. Provide your guest with a link to your course as well as the password you just set.  Advise them that they will first see the VCC Moodle Login page and that they should click on the Log in as a guest button. Once in Moodle, they can use the password provided to enter the course.  Guests must enter the password again, if they close the browser window.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: As of October 4, 2022, the link to your course must include '&saml=off' at the end.
For example, "https://moodle.vcc.ca/course/view.php?id=12345&saml=off"


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