Learning Technology

Show, Hide or Stealth Activities – Moodle for Spies!

May 10th, 2019 at 01:05

Every item, resource, activity or section in Moodle can be:

  • Visible to students (Show)  or
  • Hidden from students (Hide)

Now there’s a third option: what I like to think of as “stealth activities”! This shows up in the settings for staff as:

“Available but not shown on course page”

An item like this is not visible to students where it is actually sited on the page but it CAN be linked to from elsewhere.

For example, you could have text or a graphic in a label that links to that resource (which now becomes a “stealth resource”), or you could link to it from a Book.

If an item is set to “Show”

If an item is set to “Hide”

With editing on,
how editing teachers see the item and options   (Options “Show and “Make available” are possible)

With editing off how editing teachers see the item (greyed out and a purple notice)

Students see nothing at all.

If an item is set to “Make available”

With editing on,
how editing teachers see the item and options   (Options “Show and “Make unavailable” i.e. Hide  are possible)

In this example the Blank Moodle course planning document is linked from the text “Course planning document” in the label above it.

With editing off how editing teachers see the item (with a purple notice).

Students do not see the item itself.

However the link in the label is still available and will work if students click it.

If you put in a link to a Hidden item then the link won’t work for students.

They get an error message.

You can also restrict access by date, by membership of a particular group, or by a field in their user profile. If it’s hidden it can be completely hidden, or it can be partially hidden: students can see it’s there but not access it. You can even make access to an item conditional on having completed something else: more on that on our next blog post where we’ll use it to add an acknowledgement of a plagiarism statement before students see the submission dropbox.

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