Canvas - Account Level Roles Description

This articles describes the roles and permissions available at the Account Level.

Account Level Roles in Canvas

Account level roles work most closely like cascading roles in D2L. Roles with similar names and functions might appear at both the account and course level. Account level roles grant permissions to perform tasks within the sub-account where they are applied, and within any sub-account or course below the sub-account where the role is applied.

Role Name Role Description
Instructional Designer This role is designed for campus or departmental designers who are involved in course development. Instructional designers have no access to student information, interactions, or grades.
Librarian - E-Reserves This role can add or copy content to courses but cannot interact with students or coursework information.
Librarian - Research This role is designed for users that need to add content to a course, interact with the students in the course, but should not access student grade information.
Outcome Manager This role can import and create rubrics and outcomes in schools/colleges, departments and at the course level. This role is likely to be used by program managers or department associates to add consistent outcomes into courses or sub-accounts in Canvas.
Reporting Admin People with this role can observe activity in courses with the needs of course QA, professional development, course analysis and unit administration in-mind. This role is similar to the Support View role in that it can view course and user reports but has additional access to grade and discussion information.
Support Admin People with this role will have the ability to support institutional admins or lead support teams in managing Canvas courses and providing instructor support. The role is similar to an Instructional Designer in ability, but Support Admins can change additional course settings, publish announcements and manage observers.
Support View People with this role have access to reporting information to aid in first line troubleshooting as well as auditing of information related to student progress and course content. Someone with this role might support students at a Help Desk or need to review a student's progress in a course for advising reasons.

Instructional Designer:

This role is designed for campus or departmental designers who are involved in course development. Instructional designers have no access to student information, interactions, or grades.

Instructional Designers can:

Return to top

Librarian - E-Reserves:

This role can add or copy content to courses but cannot interact with students or coursework information.

The E-Reserves Librarian can:

Return to top

Librarian - Research:

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

This role can:

Return to top

Outcome Manager:

This role can import and create rubrics and outcomes in schools/colleges, departments and at the course level. This role is likely to be used by program managers or department associates to add consistent outcomes into courses or sub-accounts in Canvas.

Return to top

Reporting Admin:

People with this role can observe activity in courses with the needs of course QA, professional development, course analysis and unit administration in-mind. This role is similar to the Support View role in that it can view course and user reports but has additional access to grade and discussion information.

Return to top

Support Admin:

People with this role will have the ability to support institutional admins or lead support teams in managing Canvas courses and providing instructor support. The role is similar to an Instructional Designer in ability, but Support Admins can change additional course settings, publish announcements and manage observers.

Return to top

Support View:

People with this role have access to reporting information to aid in first line troubleshooting as well as auditing of information related to student progress and course content. Someone with this role might support students at a Help Desk or need to review a student's progress in a course for advising reasons.

Return to top