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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 your LITS liaison

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 Course Administration block in the left column, and click on Users.
  2. In the menu that appears, click on Enrollment Methods which will open some options in the center screen.
  3. In the list of Enrollment Methods, you'll see Guest access is grey (see image below).  
    1. Click on the eye symbol to enable, then 
    2. 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.    
  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.

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Springshare's information on Accessibility in Libguides - - MHC Accessibility Barriers Form