Make Course Visible to Students | Instructional and Information Technology Services (IITS) | CSUSM

Make Course Visible to Students

Why do this?

By default your course container is hidden from student view until you manually make
it visible. A hidden course will say “Not published to students” on your My Courses
page.

You can make your course visible to students and hide course topics you aren’t ready
for them to view. This allows you to share the syllabus, course schedule, meeting
days/times, office hours, and other important information prior to the start of the
semester.

not published to students message under a course

Make your course visible

  1. Click the gear icon at the top right of your course to open the Course Administration. 

 gear icon in upper right of course

  1. Select Edit Settings.

 edit settings link in course administration block

  1. In the upper right to change the Visibility setting to Show.

 visibility setting in upper right

  1. At the bottom left click Save and display.

 save and display button

Keep course topics hidden

  1. In your course, click on the topic that you want to hide.
    feedback topic in table of contents
  2. In the topic section, click on the eye icon to close it.

    click the eye icon to hide the topic

  3. Repeat for each topic. Hidden topics have the “not published to students” message.
    feedback topic hidden message

Make course topics visible

  1. Go to the topic you want to make visible and click on the closed eye icon to make
    it an open eye icon.
    close eye icon indicating the topic is hidden
  2. Course content is now visible.
    feedback topic content is now visible

Sample announcement to students

Sample announcement to send to students when you make your course visible using the
announcement tool.

Sample 1: in-person meeting schedule, course schedule, syllabus, textbook information
ready for viewing

Hello student,

Welcome to GEL 101. I am so excited to meet you in a couple of weeks. Our class is
a fully online course with three in-person meetings. Those meetings will be 4:00 – 5:15 PM in MARK 107 on the following Mondays: Oct 4,
Nov 1, and Dec 6. Please plan your schedule accordingly for these meeting times.

I have made the course visible but not course content. You will see the general topic section that has the in-person meeting schedule,
course schedule, syllabus, textbook, and other important information that will help
you be prepared for the first day of the semester. Please take note of due dates so
you can add them to your print or digital calendar. There are two dates for forum
posts. One for your initial post and one for your peer responses.

Sample 2: in-person meeting schedule, textbook information ready for viewing

Hello student,

Welcome to GEL 101. I am so excited for the Spring semester. Our class will be meeting
primarily synchronously online, meaning the class instruction will happen when we
meet together in an online zoom room at the same day/time weekly (Mondays at 4:00-5:15
PM), but there will also be three in-person meetings. Those meetings will be 4:00 – 5:15 PM in MARK 107 on the following Mondays: Oct 4,
Nov 1, and Dec 6. Please plan your schedule accordingly for these meeting times.

I have made the course visible but not course content. You will see the general topic section that has the in-person meeting schedule,
textbook, and other important information that will help you be prepared for the first
day of the semester. I am putting the finishing touches on the syllabus and weekly
schedule. I will post an announcement when those have been uploaded.

Sample 3: class schedule (in-person weekly), textbook information ready for viewing

Hello student,

Welcome to GEL 101. I am so excited to meet you on Monday, Jan 24 for our first class.
Our class will be meeting in-person every week on Mondays 4:00 – 5:15 PM in MARK 107.
Please plan your schedule accordingly for these meeting times.

I have made the course visible but not course content. You will see the general topic section that has the meeting schedule, textbook,
and other important information that will help you be prepared for the first day of
the semester. I am putting the finishing touches on the syllabus and weekly schedule.
I will post an announcement when those have been uploaded.

Sample 4: class schedule (synchronous online weekly), textbook information ready for
viewing

Hello student,

Welcome to GEL 101. I am so excited for the Spring semester. Our class will be meeting
synchronously online throughout the semester on Mondays and Wednesdays 4:00-5:15 PM.
You, the other students, and I will all meet together in an online Zoom room (link
here or to be posted in the future). Please plan your schedule accordingly to able
to be online with a good internet connection during these meeting times.

I have made the course visible but not course content. You will see the general topic section that has the in-person meeting schedule,
textbook, and other important information that will help you be prepared for the first
day of the semester. I am putting the finishing touches on the syllabus and weekly
schedule. I will post an announcement when those have been uploaded.