How do I enable guest access on my Blackboard module? (Staff)

Access to content in Blackboard modules is restricted to the students enrolled on that module. To enable students not enrolled on a module to view content and access teaching material, there are a number of steps you must follow:

Enable Guest Access for your module

As guest access is turned off by default, you need to turn this option on for each module:

  • Navigate to the module you want to enable guest access for.
  • Under Control Panel, select Customisation.
  • Then click on Guest and Observer Access.
  • Under Allow Guests, select Yes.
  • Click Submit.

Screenshot of the 'Guest and Observer Access' section in Blackboard. The 'Guest and Observer Access' option is circled in the left-hand side tab.

 

Select Tool Availability

The majority of tools are set to be unavailable to guests by default. Once you have enabled guest access, you then need to select the tools that you want to make available to guests:

  • Navigate to the module you want to enable guest access for.
  • Under Control Panel, select Customisation.
  • Then click on Tool Availability.
  • This gives you a full list of all the tools that are available within your Blackboard module.
  • Scroll through the different tools, and tick the guest box for any tool you want to make available to guests.

image to show how to make a tool available to a guest in AberLearn Blackboard

Once a module is open to guests, you can choose the content areas they can see. For example, you may want guests to see the Module Information and Content sections, but not the Assignments section:

  • Click on the arrow next to a content area.
  • Select Permit Guests to make this area available to guests.

Screenshot of how to make specific content areas available. The option 'Permit Guests' is circled.

  • Select Deny Guests to withdraw this area from guest view.

Screenshot of how to make specific content areas available. The option 'Deny Guests' is circled.

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