Moodle: Guest access to courses

Guest access lets people who are not enrolled in a Moodle course view what is posted in it. For academic courses, the College has recommendations for when to allow guest access:

  • Enable guest access during pre-registration and shopping periods so that interested students can view courses' syllabi, readings, and course assignments.
  • Disable guest access after registration has closed unless there are pedagogical reasons to leave a course open.

Before you start, you will need the following:

  • an Instructor of record or Other editing teacher role in a course (a Non-editing teacher cannot enable guest access).

What guests can and can’t do

  • Guests can access the course without or credentials, although they can be required to enter a password.
  • Guests can see everything you have posted to the course (including readings, videos, and discussion).
  • Guests cannot participate in course activities and assignments.

Warning: If students need to submit assignments or take quizzes in Moodle before they have officially registered for a course, please enroll them as Auditors. Remind these students that they still need to officially register for the course through Bionic. Otherwise, they cannot get academic credit for it. 

Enable/disable guest access for a course

  1. Log in to your course and click Participants in the sidebar menu.
  2. Change Enrolled Users to Enrollment Methods.
  3. If Guest access is grayed and there is a line through the Enable icon, it has been disabled. Click the icon to turn guest access on. Otherwise, leave it as is.
  4. If you want to restrict guest access, click the Edit (gear) button. 
  5. On the next page, add a Password. Give this password to people who need to enter the course. 

Attention: We strongly recommend creating a password for courses that will be permanently guest-accessible.

  1. When finished, click Save changes.

Find and enter guest-accessible courses

The My courses page will only show courses you are enrolled in. To find and enter guest-accessible courses that you aren’t enrolled in, do the following:

  1. Log in to Moodle (if you do not have an account on Bryn Mawr’s Moodle site, use the Log in as guest option).
  2. Go to the Home page.
  3. Use the Search course search box to find courses based on keywords. If you logged into Moodle with Bryn Mawr or Haverford credentials, you can also use the Categories  menu to see all the courses offered by a particular department for a given semester. 
  4. Guest-accessible courses will have a Guest access icon (which looks like an open padlock) next to their title.
  5. Click on the course title to enter. If you are prompted for a password, enter the one your instructor or course organizer gave you (not your BMC password). If you don’t know the password or the password you were given isn’t working, contact the instructor.


If you have any additional questions or problems, don't hesitate to reach out to the Help Desk!

Phone: 610-526-7440 | Library and Help Desk hours
Email: help@brynmawr.eduService catalog
Location: Canaday Library 1st floor