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

Stealth mode is a mode in which an activity is not visible to students on the course page, but can still be accessed via a link.

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 sections for students by listing multiple activities on a Page/Label resource, 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 "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. First, hide the activity by clicking on the Edit button to the far right of the activity and select Hide from the drop-down menu.
    Edit and select Hide
  2. Click the same Edit button again and select Make available from the drop-down menu.
    Click edit and select Make available
    Note: "Make available" is only used when an activity is hidden. If you want students to be able to see the activity on the main course page, you must select "Show".
  3. Now, the activity will display with the visibility "Available but not shown on course page", indicating it is in stealth mode.

  4. To link to the activity in another part of the course, you can simply use the name of the activity on any Page, Lesson, Quiz, Label, or Section Summary -- for more information, see our guide on Autolinking.

Related Topics

Moodle.org Documenation

Keywords:orphaned activities, make, available, hidden, hide, show, stealth, stealth mode   Doc ID:80819
Owner:ATLAS-TLT .Group:University of Illinois Liberal Arts and Sciences
Created:2018-03-12 16:50 CDTUpdated:2019-01-28 17:23 CDT
Sites:University of Illinois Liberal Arts and Sciences
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