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Course Roles

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09:53, 26 Sep 2013

Course roles control access to the content and tools within a course. Each user is assigned a role for each course in which they participate. For example, a user with a role of teaching assistant in one course can have a role of student in another course.

The course role is set when a user is enrolled. After enrollment, you can edit the role from the Control Panel.

Course roles include:

  • Course Builder
  • Grader
  • Guest
  • Instructor
  • Student
  • Teaching Assistant (TA)

Administrators may edit the names, capabilities, and privileges associated with existing course roles, as well as create new course roles. Therefore, some of the information listed here may not accurately reflect your available course roles.

To learn about enrolling users or changing course roles, such as promoting a student to teaching assistant, see Managing Users.

Course Builder

The course builder role has access to most areas of the Control Panel. This role is appropriate for a user to manage the course without having access to student grades. A course builder can still access the course if the course is unavailable to students. A course builder cannot delete an instructor from a course.

Course builders have access to the areas of the Control Panel in the following list. The tools and functions within each area can vary depending on the settings that the administrator at your institution has put into place, including enforcing a course template and customizing the role of course builder. The instructor can also limit the availability of certain tools and functions. To learn more, see Managing Tool Availability.

  • Course files
  • Content Collection
  • Course tools
  • Users and groups
  • Customization
  • Packages and utilities
  • Help

Grader

A grader assists the instructor in the creation, management, delivery, and grading of items, such as tests and discussion board posts. A grader also assists the instructor with managing the Grade Center. A grader cannot access a course if it is unavailable to students.

Graders have access to the areas of the Control Panel in the following list. The tools and functions within each area can vary depending on the settings that the administrator at your institution has put into place, including enforcing a course template and customizing the role of grader. The instructor can also limit the availability of certain tools and functions. To learn more, see Managing Tool Availability.

  • Course files
  • Content Collection
  • Course tools
  • Evaluation
  • Grade Center
  • Packages and utilities (limited access)
  • Help

Guest

Guests have no access to the Control Panel. Areas within the course are made available to guests, but typically they can only view course materials, but do not have access to tests and assessments, or have permission to post on discussion boards.

Visitors, such as prospective students, alumni, or parents can be given the role of guest.

Instructor

Instructors have access to all areas in the Control Panel. This role is generally given to those developing, teaching, or facilitating the class. Instructors may access a course that is unavailable to students.

Administrators can limit instructor access to the following features of the Control Panel:

  • List users
  • Edit users
  • Create user
  • Batch create users
  • Delete users
  • Enroll users
  • Settings
  • Import
  • Export
  • Archive

Student

Student is the default course role. Students have no access to the Control Panel.

Teaching Assistant

The teaching assistant (or TA) role is that of a co-teacher. Teaching assistants are able to administer all areas of a course. Their only limitations are those imposed by the instructor or administrator at your institution. A teaching assistant cannot delete an instructor from a course.

Teaching assistants have access to most all tools and features in the Control Panel.

Even if the course is unavailable to students, teaching assistants still have access to the course. Teaching assistants are not listed in the course catalog listing for the course.

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