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Content visibility


Manage whether content items are visible to or hidden from students.

Relevant VLE site design principles

  • 5.1 Recommended: Ensure that students can see and access module materials and content.

Items in the Course Content area can be set to Visible to students or Hidden from students. By default, all new items are automatically hidden from students.

You can check that items are shown or hidden correctly using the Student Preview tool.

Content visibility and accessibility

A key accessibility requirement is that students have sufficient time to use materials to prepare for a session, particularly if they use any assistive tools. For example, a dyslexic student may need to read lecture slides in advance to help them follow the session.

To support this, make sure that module materials are available in advance - we recommend at least one week before the session.

Change content visibility

For a single content item:

  1. Click the current visibility status (e.g. Hidden from students) of the content item to open the drop-down options.
  2. Select the required visibility option: Visible to students, Hidden from students, Release conditions


Making a Folder or Learning Module visible does not automatically change the visbility of items within it; individual items set to hidden will stay hidden even if the container is made visible.

To change the visibility of multiple items, see our Batch Edit guide

You can also watch a demonstration of changing content visibility:

Content availability in Ultra [YouTube]

Release conditions

Content visibility can be set based on certain conditions, such as releasing content on a certain date or only to specific groups. For more details see our Release Conditions guide.