Viewing your Course as a Learner

There are many editing capabilities in the Course Content area. Students have a different view of the area then you do, because they do not have the ability to edit your course. It is a good idea to preview your course as a student to check that your course is displaying as intended.

The Role Switch Tool

This tool will allow a user to impersonate any role that you have security permission to access.

Using Role Switch

1. From any page within your VIULearn course, click your name on the mini bar.

2. On the drop down menu that appears, click View as Student. If you see "View as Instructor" instead, click Change  to select the Student role. 

3. You will now be able to view your course content as a learner would see it. 

Note: VIULearn will treat you as a learner who is enrolled in all groups for the course. You will be able to see all group restricted topics and items.

4. When you are finished previewing your course, click your name on the mini bar again.

5. Click the x next to Viewing as Student to return to the Instructor view. 

Course Content - Overview - Learner

While watching the video to the right -  notice the differences between Instructor and Student View. This information will be useful when planning and building your course, as well as for the final assessment of this specific topic module. The video was created by Brightspace. Please feel free to share it with your students


The Preview option is available for many tools. Some of these are Quizzes, Surveys, and Rubrics. Preview functionality allows a user to view an activity as it would appear to another user. This tool has many of the same benefits as the Role Switch tool, but it lacks the ability to actually change your role. Instead you are given just a sample view of a single activity.


Use CasesRole SwitchPreview
Available in many locations in the Learning EnvironmentYesYes
Many different roles/personas can be accessedYesNo
Little to no risk of violating another user’s privacyYesYes
Can be used to view an activity exactly the way it would be viewed by a userYesYes
Actions are not permanent (Temporary)YesYes
Group activities can be accessedNoNo
Can view Grades as they appear to a userNoNo
Can test Release ConditionsNoNo

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