Learn@Illinois Moodle - Using "Make Available" a.k.a. "Stealth Mode"

Learn how to use stealth mode. This is a mode in which an activity is not visible to students on the course page in the list of activities, but can still be accessed via an autolink.

For a permanent link to this information, please use: http://go.illinois.edu/MoodleStealthMode

Stealth mode can be used in the following ways:
  • Tidying up the display for students by listing multiple activities on a Page/Label resource and using autolinking.
  • Making an activity/resource only available through automatic links (e.g., a page that defines a challenging term used in the course that will not be featured as a part of any particular unit)
  • Re-creating the effect of the old "Orphaned activities" section work-around
  • Organizing content behind the scenes in hidden sections and being able to link to the content as needed in visible portions of the course
  1. In the top right corner, click Turn editing on.
    Tunr editing on
  2. Navigate to the activity you would like to hide and click Edit.
    Stealth mode edit
  3. From the drop-down menu, select Hide.
    Hide activity
  4. Now, the activity will display as "Hidden from students". At this point, it is completely hidden and cannot be linked.
    Hidden from students
  5. To make the activity linkable, click Edit and from the drop-down menu, select Make available.
    Note: "Make available" can only be selected when an activity is hidden.
    Make available
  6. Now, the activity will display as "Available but not shown on course page". This means that you can link to it elsewhere, but the activity doesn't appear in the list of activities for students.
    Available but not shown
  7. To link to the activity in another part of the course, you can simply type the name of the activity on any Page, Lesson, Quiz, Label, or Section Summary and it will automatically link. For more information, see our guide on Autolinking.

Related Topics

Moodle.org Documenation

Keywords:orphaned, activities, making, available, hidden, hide, show, stealth, stealth mode, boost   Doc ID:80819
Owner:ATLAS-TLT .Group:University of Illinois Liberal Arts and Sciences
Created:2018-03-12 15:50 CSTUpdated:2022-09-06 11:11 CST
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