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Guest Access Settings

You must follow at least Step 1 and 2, below, to make your course and course areas open to guests. Step 3 shows how to direct guests to your course.

NOTE: Only "content areas" (e.g., syllabus, course materials, etc.) have the option of guest access. Areas for student activity (e.g., blogs, discussion boards, wikis, etc.) are denied the guest access option to ensure student privacy in accordance with FERPA.

Step 1: The Course-level Setting

In the Control Panel,

  1. Choose Customization / Guest and Observer Access
  2. Option #1 Allow Guest Access: choose yes
  3. Click Submit and then follow directions in Step 2

Step 2: The Content-level Setting

copy URLNow you'll need to set guest viewing permission for the individual areas on your course menu.

  1. On the menu, hover over the small button to the right of each link that you want guests to view. The setting will either be "Deny Guests" or "Permit Guests." Choose "Permit."

Step 3: Sending Guests to Your Course

NOTE: If the person who wants to log in as a guest is already logged into UVM's Blackboard as a student or instructor, they will need to either log out, open a different browser, or open an incognito/private window or they will have problems opening certain kinds of content.

  1. Send your guests to
  2. Instruct them to scroll down and click on Guest Access > View Details.
  3. This takes them to a search page for the Blackboard course catalog. They can either enter the name of the course (or one word from the name) in the search box, then click Go. Alternatively, they can search under the instructor's name.
  4. The search may reveal one or more courses (if just a key word in the title was searched) on the linked course ID for the course.
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