Roles and Permissions

Roles and Permissions in Canvas

In Canvas at the University of Auckland, permissions allow users to access certain features and perform certain functions. Roles are essentially collections of permissions set at the system level. A user’s permissions are determined by the role(s) the user is assigned. This page provides information on the roles that can be assigned at a course and system level.

Course Roles


Course-level roles include users with permissions in the course. A summary of the five base roles and corresponding permissions can be opened by clicking the hyperlink above.

Student

Primary use: Students enrolled in a course site.

Permissions: Can view course content, engage in all course activities and submit assignments.

Limitations: Can not manipulate settings for a course.

Teaching Assistant

Primary use: TAs assigned to a specific course or class section.

Permissions: Can create and moderate discussions and collaborations, view course content and the gradebook and edit grades.

Limitations: Cannot create or edit course content, manage assessment or course sections.

Course Designer

Primary use: Content providers and other instructional support.

Permissions: Can create course content, discussions, announcements, assignments, quizzes, and other content features.

Limitations:  Cannot assign roles, edit grades, manage course sections or view the gradebook.

Teacher

Primary use: Teacher assigned to teach a class.

Permissions: Have all course-level permissions, including the ability to add, edit and delete all content in a course and edit course settings.

Limitations: Cannot assign or modify any course roles.

Course Co-ordinator

Primary use: Course support role.

Permissions: Can assign and administer course roles and view list of users.

Limitations:  Can do nothing more than what is specified above.

Observer

Primary use: Individuals who need to monitor the course.

Permissions: Can view course content until the course end date.

Limitations: No permission to edit or participate in course activities.

Teacher Support

Primary use: Teacher support assigned to teach a class.

Permissions: Have all course-level permissions, including the ability to add, edit and delete all content in a course and edit course settings.

Limitations: Cannot assign or modify any course roles.

Course Director

Primary use: Course Director overseeing a course.

Permissions: Have all course-level permissions, including the ability to add, edit and delete all content in a course and edit course settings,

Limitations: Cannot assign or modify any course roles.

System Roles


System-level roles include permissions that affect the entire account as well as courses. A summary of the three base roles and corresponding permissions can be opened by clicking the hyperlink above.

Faculty Administrator

Primary use: Professional staff who manage Canvas course sites on behalf of teachers.

Permissions: Has all account permissions, including viewing course statistics, course/grade change logs, and notifications. Also has all course level permissions, to create/manage courses, course content, learning outcomes, course events, assignments, view/edit grades and view usage reports.

Limitations: None

Reviewer

Primary use: Staff in academic services and student support roles.

Permissions: Can review and monitor course content and student progress across a number of courses. Has most account level permissions, including viewing course statistics, course/grade change logs, and notifications. Has access to the Gradebook and can view the list of users, grades, course content, discussions, and course analytics, question banks and send messages to entire classes/individual users.

Limitations: Limited course level permissions.  No permission to edit grades, create/manage course content, assignments, events, or to add/manage teachers, TAs or course designers. Cannot manage observers for Canvas users.

Monitor

Primary use: Staff in academic services and student support roles.

Permissions: Can  monitor course content and student progress across a number of courses. Has most account permissions, including viewing course statistics, course/grade change logs, and notifications.Can view the list of users, course content, discussions, and course analytics, question banks and send messages to entire classes/individual users.

Limitations:  Limited course level permissions. Cannot access the Gradebook, and do not have permission to create/manage course content, assignments, events, view/edit grades or to add/manage teachers, TAs or course designers. Cannot manage observers for Canvas users.