Using the Student Preview tool

This tool allows you to view your course as a student. The tool can be used to test interactive tools such as tests and to check what your students are able to see in My Grades.

You need to complete the following three steps to use the tool.

  1. Make the course available.
  2. Use Student Preview tool.
  3. Exit the Student Preview tool – decide whether to keep data entered as a student.

Make your course available

By default courses are not available to students when they are first created. To make your course visible to students you need to change the Availability setting.

  1. From the Control Panel select Customisation > Properties.


Set Availabiltiy 

  1. Select the Yes radio button for the setting Make Course Available.

click submit


  1. Click the Submit button.

Tip: Remember to turn availablility Off again after you finish testing, if you are still preparing your course.

Using the Student Preview tool

Viewing the course as a student

  1. Click on the Student Preview icon.

click on the student preview icon

  1. The course will now be displayed in student view.

student view

  1. You can complete tasks as a student. i.e. Adding a post to a discussion board.

Note: Your user name will be YourName_PreviewUser

add ideas page

Return to instructor view

  1. Click on the Exit Preview button.


  1. Select the required Preview user data radio button.
    • Delete the preview user and all data:  Select this option if you were only checking how your course would be displayed to students.
    • Keep the preview user and all data: Select this option if you are testing tools. i.e. You have added a discussion board post are you are now going to test marking it as an instructor.
  2. Click on the Continue button.

Note: Submissions by the Preview student to tools such as discussion boards, blogs, tests and assignments can be marked to functionality. The marks will be transferred to Grade Centre and can be view in My Grades by using the Student Preview tool again.

Additional test students

If you need additional test students to test tools (i.e. creating and using groups) you can use the External User tool.