Instructors have the ability to make courses private. When a course is set to private, it cannot be discovered in the Udemy marketplace, so instructors must personally share the course link with potential students. To gain access to the course, the student will need to enter a password, or request access to it.
How to Change Course Privacy Settings
- Navigate to the course page (steps on how to can be viewed here).
- Click on the course settings gear icon at the top right.
- Toggle the setting from Public to either Private (Invitation Only) or Private (Password Protected).
- If you select Password Protected, enter a password in the box below.
- Click Save.
Types of Privacy
After receiving your course URL, a student must enter the created password on the course landing page in order to access your course.
A student must request an invitation to the course from the course landing page and you can also send an invitation to the student directly. To send an invitation, click on "Invite Students" on the right-hand side of the Students page. Please note that in order to send an invitation email to the student using the "Invite Students" feature, they must have a Udemy account.
If a student requests an invitation for the course, however, then a notification will appear on the left-hand side of the page by "Students".
If you have created an instructor coupon code, students must enter the code manually once you have granted them permission. You will not receive the appropriate revenue share if the coupon code is not applied.
If you are using instructor coupon codes, it is recommended that you protect your course with a password to avoid confusion.