Canvas Roles Explained

Defines the various roles and permissions that are available in Canvas for you to give to a user.

Adding users to your Master Course or Instructional Course is fairly easy to do but you have to choose a "role" for those users. This role is what gives them permissions to view, access data and interact with your students. In general you only want to give other users as much permission as they need and no more. The list below describes the different roles and how they might be used. 

Please be aware that these roles are being reviewed and will likely change over the next year as we receive feedback on them. This document will be updated to reflect the newest changes.

Description

  • Teacher 
    The Teacher role is used to enroll users responsible for course creation, instruction, and management.

  • Designer
    The Designer role is used to allow users who will assist with course development.

  • TA Grader  
    TA Grader role is designed for individuals who will work with and support a teacher in a course to post content, assignments, and assist with grading. They have ability to create, edit, and delete many course components. This role also has access to student submissions to be able to grade. Example use cases include: Grad Assist who will grade or TAs who are expected to grade student work.  

  • TA
    Teacher Assistant role is designed for individuals who will work with and support a teacher in a course and who do not need to earn course credit. This role will have access to create, edit, and delete many course components. They will be able to see all students enrolled in the course but are not able to see or grade student submissions. Example use cases include: grad assist or TAs. 
     
  • Grader
    Grader role is designed for individuals who will work with and support a teacher with grading. This role also has access to student submissions to be able to grade but will not have access to create, edit, or delete most course components. Example use cases include: Grad Assist who will grade or TAs who are expected to grade student work. 

  • Facilitator
    Facilitator role is designed for users to interact with the students in the course and access student grade information but are not able to add or edit content

  • Interpreter
    Interpreters have limited permissions that allow them to see what is going on in a course without the ability to create, edit, or delete course components. They are unable to see student submissions or grades. This role was built from the designer role so that they can have early access to the course, as a result they also have access to course settings. 
     
  • Observer - Observers have limited permissions that allow them to see what is going on in a course without interrupting the flow of daily course communication. Observers cannot view and participate a course until it is published and the course has started. ​ Example use cases include: advisors and guest lecturers.

More detailed view of the roles

Permissions

Student

Teacher

Designer

TA Grader  

TA

Grader  

Interpreter  

Observer

Add, edit and delete events on the course calendar

Add/remove other teachers, course designers or TAs to the course

Add/remove students for the course

Change course state

Create and edit assessing rubrics

Create student collaborations

Create web conferences

Edit grades

Import learning outcomes

LTI add and edit

Manage (add / edit / delete) assignments and quizzes

Manage (add / edit / delete) course files

Manage (add / edit / delete) pages

Manage (create / edit / delete) course sections

Manage (create / edit / delete) groups

Manage alerts

Manage all other course content

Manage learning outcomes

Moderate Grades

Moderate discussions (delete / edit other's posts, lock topics)

Post to discussions

Read SIS data

See the list of users

Send messages to individual course members

Send messages to the entire class

View all grades

View all students' submissions and make comments on them

View analytics pages

View and link to question banks

View announcements

View discussions

View the group pages of all student groups

View usage reports for the course




Keywords:Canvas Roles Permissions   Doc ID:85081
Owner:Brian L.Group:UW Oshkosh
Created:2018-08-21 12:28 CDTUpdated:2018-08-21 14:05 CDT
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