Help and Support (Staff)

This is one of many help and support pages that are available about the University of Nottingham's Moodle online learning environment. If you have any questions or queries concerning Moodle then contact information is at the bottom of every page.

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Moodle Help & Support 


This refers to Moodle 3.11 from August 2022 onwards

How to: Manage hidden resources, sections and modules

It is possible to hide individual resources, sections, topics and even entire modules. The easiest way to tell if something is hidden is the colour. Hidden items are usual shown as 'greyed out.'

In many cases, there will also be a purple message.

How to show a module that is invisible to students

When modules are created, they are automatically hidden and will appear as 'greyed out.' This ensures that editing teachers can organise and finalise the layout of a module before making it available to students.

When the module is ready to be shown, follow these steps:

  1. In the 'Cogwheel' / 'Actions menu' click 'Edit Settings' (you will need to be an editing teacher on the relevant module.)

Edit settings in cogwheel menu

2. Under 'Module visibility' click 'Hide' or 'Show' as required.

(Clicking 'Hide' again will make the entire module invisible to all students.)

3. Click 'Save and display' at the bottom

Save and display button

How to hide a section or topic

It can be useful to hide sections or topics from student view if there are materials you'd prefer to be unavailable.

  1. Click the 'Turn on editing' button at the top right of the Moodle page  
  2. Scroll to the section you want to hide and click Edit then 'Hide Section'. The section or topic will become 'greyed out' and will be hidden.

3. To un-hide, follow the same steps but select 'Show Section'.

To hide an individual resource

  1. Click the 'Turn on editing' button at the top right of the Moodle page
  2. Scroll to the resource you want to hide and click on Edit then select 'Hide'.

The resource will now display a purple 'Hidden from students' message.

Hidden URL link in Moodle

3. To unhide, follow steps 1 and 2 but select 'Show' instead of 'Hide' in the Edit menu.