Improve Course Visibility Setting Help Text


In Course Settings, selecting the (?) icon next to Visibility opens a modal window with limited help text that doesn't fully describe the feature or its limitations (the Content Licensing Help text, by comparison, is quite comprehensive).

This help screen could be greatly improved with descriptive text and a link to Canvas documentation for more information, as follows.


Title: Course Visibility Help

Course visibility options can be customized to allow unenrolled or unauthenticated users to view courses.

Course (default): Enrolled users can view all published content

Institution: Authenticated users can view content without being enrolled

Public: Unauthenticated users can view content

Institution or Public setting does not allow unenrolled/unauthenticated users to view Announcements, Calendar, Collaborations, Conferences*, Grades, Outcomes, or People.

* Institution users can see a concluded conference, but cannot join or listen.

To learn more about visibility options, please see Canvas Course Visibility Options (PDF).


Current modal window with help text:

Current Visibility Setting Help TextCurrent Visibility Setting Help Text

Instructure Alumni
Instructure Alumni
Status changed to: Open
Community Team
Community Team
Status changed to: Archived

Thank you for sharing this idea with the Instructure Community!

The Product Team reviewed all feature proposals recently, and unfortunately, this thread was identified as one that they would not be able to include in their current or future plans. While we appreciate your proposal, we also want to be transparent about the likelihood of something like this making it to production.

Thank you for collaborating, and we hope that you submit another idea in the future!