If I Unpublish Course, Will Students Still Have Access on Teachable?


As an experienced user of Teachable, I am familiar with the platform’s course unpublishing feature. Unpublishing a course on Teachable means that it will no longer be visible to anyone on the platform, including any existing enrolled students and potential new students. This can be useful in a variety of scenarios, such as if you want to temporarily remove a course from the platform or if you need to make changes to the course before making it available again. 


Although unpublishing a course on Teachable will make it invisible to potential new students, it will not immediately disable existing students’ access to the course. Once you unpublish a course, existing students will still be able to access it until the end of their subscription. However, if you plan to make changes to the course before republishing it, existing students will lose access when you republish the course and will need to re-enroll in order to regain access. Additionally, if you make any changes to the course structure after unpublishing it, any existing progress information will be lost. Therefore, it is important to be mindful of how unpublishing a course can potentially affect existing students.

Understanding Unpublishing on Teachable

Discussion of the reasons why instructors might choose to unpublish a course

As an experienced user of Teachable, I have seen many instructors choose to unpublish their courses for various reasons. For some, it may be due to course content changes or updates, while for others, it may be to temporarily pause course enrollments. Whatever the reason, understanding the implications of unpublishing a course is essential to ensure that student access is not interrupted. 

When a course is unpublished on Teachable, the course page is removed from the platform, and it will no longer appear in search results or course catalogs. Unpublishing also prevents new students from enrolling in the course, while existing students will still have access to the course content through their student dashboard. This means that if an instructor chooses to unpublish a course in Teachable, their existing students will still be able to access the course content, although they will not be able to purchase the course or access promotional discounts.  

It is important to note that when a course is unpublished, all student progress on the course will be reset, so instructors should consider this when deciding to unpublish their course. Additionally, any course material previously uploaded to Teachable will remain in the platform, and instructors will need to manually delete any assets if they no longer wish to keep them in their Teachable account.

Effects of Unpublishing on Student Access

Clarifying whether Students Retain Access to an Unpublished Course

When it comes to unpublishing a course on Teachable, it’s important to be aware of the implications for students who have already enrolled. As an experienced user of Teachable, I have found that students retain access to an unpublished course, and can continue to access the content provided within the course. This allows instructors to unpublish a course while also giving existing students ample time to access its content. 

Limitations or Restrictions on Student Access Post-Unpublishing

It is important to note, however, that while students may still be able to access an unpublished course, certain features and options may no longer be available to them. For instance, I have noticed that when a course is unpublished, students are no longer able to access the course forum, submit coursework, or take quizzes. Additionally, students enrolled in the unpublished course will no longer be able to access the course dashboard and will need to follow a direct link to the course page in order to view the content.


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Communicating Changes to Students

Importance of transparent communication with students about course unpublishing

As an experienced user of Teachable, I understand the importance of transparent communication with students when making changes to course availability. Deciding to unpublish a course can have significant implications for students who have already enrolled in the course, and it is important to inform them of the changes in a timely manner. By providing students with sufficient notice and alternative solutions, you can show respect for their commitment and help ensure a positive learning experience.

Strategies for informing students about changes and providing alternative solutions

When it comes to informing students about changes to course availability, there are several strategies I have used successfully. The first step is to make an announcement in the course itself, letting students know that the course will be unavailable or unavailable for an extended period of time. I also recommend following up with an email to students to provide more details and answer any questions they may have. Additionally, if you are able to offer alternative solutions to students, such as refunding their course fee, providing a credit for future courses, or offering access to a different course, it can be helpful to let them know these options are available to them.


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Unpublishing vs. Deleting a Course

Differentiating between unpublishing and deleting a course on Teachable

As an experienced Teachable user, I have come to understand the differences between unpublishing and deleting a course and the implications of both actions. Unpublishing a course removes it from your public catalog but does not delete any of the course content. However, the course remains accessible to existing students, meaning they can continue to access the material, submit assignments, and engage in discussions. Deleting a course, on the other hand, completely removes the content and all related data from the platform, meaning no one can access the course, including existing students.    

Exploring the consequences and considerations of each option

When considering whether to unpublish or delete a course, it is important to take into account the implications of each option. Unpublishing a course is a reversible action, meaning you can later republish the course, and existing students will be able to access any content saved up to the point of unpublishing the course. Deleting a course, however, is an irreversible action, meaning there is no way to recover the content or data once it has been deleted. Therefore, it is essential to weigh the pros and cons of unpublishing or deleting a course on Teachable before taking any action.


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Republishing a Course

Steps and considerations for republishing a previously unpublished course

If you have unpublished a course on Teachable, you may be wondering if there is a way to republish it. Fortunately, Teachable allows users to republish previously unpublished courses without having to rebuild the entire course from scratch. In order to republish a course, you simply need to go to the “Manage Learning Content” tab and click the “Courses” option. Then, you will be able to locate the course you wish to republish and click “Publish.” 


Before republishing a course on Teachable, it is important to consider a few things. First, make sure the course information is up to date and the course content is free from errors. Additionally, you will want to ensure that any automated emails associated with the course have been updated. Finally, be sure to check the course settings to ensure that the course is configured to your desired specifications.

Necessary actions to restore student access after republishing

Once you have republished your course, Teachable will automatically restore access to previously enrolled students. However, if you have deleted any students from the course prior to republishing, they will not be restored. In order to restore access for any deleted students, you will need to manually re-enroll them in the course. Additionally, if you have changed the course pricing since originally publishing the course, you may need to adjust student pricing in order to ensure they are charged the correct amount. 


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Recap of the impact of unpublishing a course on student access

In conclusion, unpublishing a course on Teachable will have a direct impact on student access. Depending on the settings you have set on the course, students may still have access to the course while it is unpublished. If you have set the course to be hidden, the course will still be visible to enrolled students but will be removed from the course landing page. If you have enabled drip content, students may still be able to access the course content according to the release schedule you have set, even when the course is unpublished. Furthermore, any enrollments received while the course is unpublished will still be active unless you manually cancel them. Finally, if you have integrated payment processing for your course, unpaid enrollments will remain active, but paid enrollments will be canceled if the course is unpublished. By following these steps, you can ensure that you preserve access to your courses while you make updates or changes.

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