Canvas - Course Level Roles Description

This article describes the various roles and permissions associated with course level roles in Canvas. The following information is to help instructors determine which roles are necessary for the people they enroll in their courses.

Course level roles in Canvas

This is a list of the roles instructors and others can enroll users into courses as. Note that Canvas users can have more than one role in a course. The roles in-general are additive in nature; enrolling someone as a Student and a Designer would give that person the permisson of both.

University roles and course roles in PAWS may not align with Canvas roles. It is a best practice to focus on the access a user nseeds in a course rather than the name of the role.

Click a role name to see a detailed list of Canvas permissions

Role Name Role Description
Student This role is most commonly used to enroll users who will participate in a course for course credit. Users enrolled as Students can view course content and participate in course assignments and communications. Students cannot view and participate a course until it is published, and the course has started. Students may also use the Canvas Student app to view and participate in courses. Students will automatically be enrolled by PAWS into instructional courses. Note: people listed as Teaching Assistants in PAWS may be enrolleed in courses as the Student role. Assign additional roles to provide the TA access to your course. How do I add users to a course?
Teacher This role is used to enroll users responsible for course creation, instruction, and management. Teachers are also referred to as instructors. In general, users with the Teacher role have permissions that allow them to moderate a course, view course data, and direct daily course communications. Teachers may also use the Canvas Teacher app to view some course content including announcements, assignments, discussions, and quizzes. Teachers will automatically be enrolled by PAWS into for-credit courses. The teacher may enroll other users as a Teacher in their course.
Designer This role is used to allow users who will assist with course development. This role has been designed to be primarily used in the Master Course area.
Teacher Assistant Grader This role is designed for individual 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.
Teacher Assistant This 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.
Grader This role is designed for individuals who will work 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.
Interpreter Pre-Semester/Semester This role is intended for captioners, ASL interpreters and others that may need access to the materials in a course without any other interactions. Interpreters do not have the ability to create, edit, or delete course components. They are unable to see student submissions or grades. The "Pre-Semester" version of this role can access course materials before the courses start date.
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.
Facilitator This 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.
Course Librarian - Research This role is designed for users that need to add content to a course, interact with the students in the course, but not be able to access student grade information.
Course Librarian - E-Reserves This role can add or copy content to courses but cannot interact with students or coursework information.

Canvas Course Level Permissions

Student:

This role is most commonly used to enroll users who will participate in a course for course credit. Users enrolled as Students can view course content and participate in course assignments and communications. Students cannot view and participate a course until it is published, and the course has started. Students may also use the Canvas Student app to view and participate in courses. Students will automatically be enrolled by PAWS into instructional courses. Note: people listed as Teaching Assistants in PAWS may be enrolleed in courses as the Student role. Assign additional roles to provide the TA access to your course. How do I add users to a course?

Students can:

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Teacher:

This role is used to enroll users responsible for course creation, instruction, and management. Teachers are also referred to as instructors. In general, users with the Teacher role have permissions that allow them to moderate a course, view course data, and direct daily course communications. Teachers may also use the Canvas Teacher app to view some course content including announcements, assignments, discussions, and quizzes. Teachers will automatically be enrolled by PAWS into for-credit courses. The teacher may enroll other users as a Teacher in their course.

The Teacher Role can:

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Designer:

This role is used to allow users who will assist with course development. This role has been designed to be primarily used in the Master Course area.

The Designer role can:

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Teacher Assistant Grader:

This role is designed for individual 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.

The TA Grader role can:

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Teacher Assistant:

This 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: grade assistants or TAs.

The TA role can:

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Grader:

This role is designed for individuals who will work 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: Grade Assistants who will grade or TAs who are expected to grade student work.

The Grader Role can:

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Interpreter Pre-Semester/Semester

This role is intended for captioners, ASL interpreters and others that may need access to the materials in a course without any other interactions. Interpreters do not have the ability to create, edit, or delete course components. They are unable to see student submissions or grades. The "Pre-Semester" version of this role can access course materials before the courses start date.

Interpreters can:

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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. Observers can:

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Facilitator:

This 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. Example use cases: program manager or master courses not using a blueprint course. The Facilitator Role can:

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Course Librarian - Research

This role is designed for users that need to add content to a course, interact with the students in the course, but not be able to access student grade information.

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Course Librarian - E-Reserves

This role can add or copy content to courses but cannot interact with students or coursework information. An account level role exists with the same permissions.

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