Moodle 3.0: Allow Anonymous Access to your Moodle Site
Applies to: Moodle 3.0.
There are rare occasions when you may need to allow a guest outside of the University to visit your course site. Moodle allows for this type of course access in the Enrollment methods area.
- Anonymous access - Read-only, anonymous access allows people to browse through Moodle sites in the role of "non-participating" user. Therefore, they can see everything, including course materials, forum postings, and database entries, but they can not participate, e.g. post an actual forum entry.
- Anonymous access key - Provides anonymous login-free access to only those users who know the password key.
Considerations for the enrolled students
- Students should be informed if read-only visitors who have the access key are allowed into the site.
- If read-only access is allowed, and the access key is removed, then anyone in the world will be able to access the site and browse your course. If this is done, students must be informed of the accessibility status.
Allowing anonymous access
- Go to the course homepage.
- Find the Administration block:
- Click Users, then Enrollment methods.
- From the Enrollment methods list, make sure that the option for Anonymous access is turned on*
- The eye icon in the Edit column should be showing with no line through it .
- If there is a line through the eye icon , click on the eye icon. The page should reload, and the option for Anonymous access should now be listed under Enrollment Methods in the Administration block.
- Select Anonymous access from the Administration block.
- Set Allow Anonymous Access to Yes.
- Click Unmask to see the access key to send to users.
- Copy the access key to send to your user, or
- Define a new access key if you would like.
- Click Save Changes.
Send a direct url link to your course homepage to the anonymous users. They will be able to access the course with read-only access after entering the Access Key.
* If Anonymous access isn't currently enabled for your site, contact Moodle Support to request that it be turned on.