Course Roles and Permissions
On this page you will find a brief description for each role in Canvas. Some accounts may have created additional custom roles.
For a full list of roles and descriptons, please click the button below.
- Primary use: Students enrolled in a course site.
- Permissions: The Student role has permissions to view course content and engage in course activities, including the ability to submit assignments, participate in discussions, and view the course roster.
- Limitations: Students cannot view or modify settings for a course.
- Primary use: For instructors who need full access to the Canvas features for instruction.
- Permissions: Teachers have all course-level permissions, including the ability to add, edit and delete all content in a course, edit course settings, and manually add individuals with active Canvas user accounts.
- Limitations: None.
- Primary use: For providing the same level of access as Teacher but excluding the name from the Course Evaluation.
- Permissions: Course Support have all course-level permissions, including the ability to add, edit and delete all content in a course, edit course settings, and manually add individuals with active Canvas user accounts.
- Limitations: None.
TA (Teaching Assistant)
- Primary use: For assistant instructors and teaching assistants.
- Permissions:TAs have permissions equivalent to the Teacher role. They have all course-level permissions, including the ability to add, edit and delete all content in a course, edit course settings, and manually add individuals with active Canvas user accounts.
- Limitations: TAs cannot add other Instructors or TAs into the course.
- Primary use: Section Instructor. This a non-editing role intended for programs that provide complete course content for an instructor.
- Permissions: Facilitators can view submitted student work, and enter grades and comments. They can also view files, announcements, assignments, quizzes and import/export course content.
- Limitations: Facilitators cannot manage course content, manage messages, and view question banks.
- Primary use: For instructional designers (and staff with similar responsibilities) who write and manage course content, but do not actually teach courses or grade student work.
- Permissions: Create course content, discussions, announcements, assignments, quizzes, and other content features.
- Limitations: Designers cannot add other TAs or instructor to a course, and cannot modify grades or course member data.
- Primary use: For users who have no official role in the course, but have been given permission to view course content and discussion forums.
- Permissions:Observers have access to view course content. This role can be linked to a student enrolled in a course in order to to monitor his/her progress.
- Limitations: Observers have no permissions to edit or participate in course activities.
School Specific Roles
- Please note that your individual school may have a specialized role that may be available in courses for your school. For permissions and limitations information, please reach out to your departmental support specialist.
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