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Moodle Quick Help Guide

Guest access

Guest access is a way for faculty to give access (viewing only, no editing or uploading) to a visitor from outside of the Five Colleges who will not be regularly enrolled in the course site. Please check the Five College users instructions or the Registrar's procedures for auditors first to determine if they are more appropriate for your visitor.

  • Visitor Guest Access - for allowing visitors without a Five Colleges account to view your Moodle course site. Visitors can only view the course site (no editing or submission privileges) and are not added to the roster. 

  • Faculty-sponsored Guest Access - MHC Faculty who would like to add individual non-Five Colleges colleagues or collaborators to the roster for their Moodle course(s) can use this form to request a special, 1-semester MHC Moodle account be generated for their guest. Either the faculty member or the potential guest may submit the form which will initiate the process. In most cases, an account will be generated within 3 business days and the recipient notified via email. With the new account username, the faculty member can add their colleague to the roster for their Moodle course.

LITS strongly encourages faculty to set a password for guest access to their course sites to protect the copyright on materials in your site.
If you have any questions or trouble with these steps, please contact the Moodle Help Team.

Setting up visitor guest access

NOTE:  This will give the guest the ability to read/view anything in your course, but the guest will not be able to contribute or post. It is meant for users without any Mount Holyoke or other Five College credentials


  1. Navigate to your course in Moodle, find the gear icon on the right, and click on More.
  2. Click on Users.
  3. Click on "Enrollment Methods".  
    1. On the Guest Access line, click the closed eye icon to enable. 
    2. Then, still on the Guest Access line, click on the gear icon to set a password.

  4. Create a password (or use the pre-generated one) to give to your prospective guest user. TIP: It's helpful to select the Unmask check box next to the Password box so you can be sure of what you are typing.  No one else will see this section besides the instructor.  Be sure to click Save Changes  to save your password when you are finished. 
  5. You will also need the URL for your Moodle course. This is the address that shows in the browser when you are on the home page of your Moodle course. It looks like this:  [you will see a 5 digit course ID# in place of the X's]
  6. Give your prospective guest the URL and the password you created.

Want more help?

For any time, 24/7 help on your own:

For help Monday-Friday 9-5:

MHC Accessibility Barriers Form