We are setting up a new instance of Moodle 3.0.2 for our online courses and currently the courses are hidden until 1 week prior to the start of the course.
The problem with the hidden courses is that when the student looks at Moodle to check their enrollment nothing shows up and they freak out thinking that somehow they are not enrolled or that something is wrong with Moodle.
Is there a way to hide or prevent the student from entering the course, but still show the course title on their dashboard?
Ideally I would like the title and course summary to show on the student's dashboard with a notation that the course will be available on x/xx/xxxx. I would like the summary to show so that the instructors cam upload their syllabus there and the students could access it prior to the course opening.
Thank you in advance for any help you can give.