Course roles control access to content and tools within a course.
If your institution has access to community engagement features, you can also create organizations and organization roles. Organizations are similar to courses.
You can make organization roles available separately to specific organizations. Then, your institution can treat courses and the relationship among their enrolled users differently than those in organizations.
Each user in a course or organization is assigned a course or organization role. For example, a user with a role of Teaching Assistant in one course can have a role of Student in another course. Instructors may use these roles to delegate some of the responsibility for maintaining the course.
You set course roles when enrolling users in courses. You can also edit course roles after enrollment.
You can edit the properties and privileges associated with existing course and organization roles. You can also copy most standard course and organization roles to create custom roles.
To help you plan and create roles for your institution's needs, see the Privilege Descriptions Spreadsheet. This spreadsheet contains a comprehensive list of system and course role privileges, the default settings for these privileges, and descriptions of each privilege.
About standard course and organization roles
These standard course and organization roles are installed with Blackboard Learn by default.
|Course Builder||The Course Builder role has access to most areas of the course or organization Control Panel. This role is appropriate for an assistant who should not have access to student grades.
If the course is unavailable to students, a course builder can still access the course. The course builder can't remove an instructor from a course.
|Facilitator||The Facilitator role has default privileges related to course materials, gradebook, calendar, announcements, discussions, and groups to assist instructors in the progress of a course.
Many institutions use Subject Matter Experts to create content for large, multi-section courses that are facilitated by multiple faculty. These institutions or courses may also require more than one person to help keep the curriculum moving forward. Additionally, institution administrators can grant some or all grading, curriculum set up, and communication permissions to trusted facilitators to help ease these responsibilities in larger courses.
|Grader||The Grader role has limited access to the course Control Panel. Graders can assist an instructor in the creation, management, delivery, and grading of assessments and surveys. The grader may also assist an instructor with adding manual entries to the Grade Center.
If a course is unavailable to students, the course appears in the My Courses module and in the course list for a user with the role of Grader. However, the grader can't enter the course until the course is available.
As part of the delegation grading workflow, instructors can assign the ability to reconcile grades to graders.
|Guest||The Guest role allows prospective students, alumni, and parents to explore Blackboard Learn without making any changes to users, courses, or content. Users with the role of Guest are unauthenticated users.
If an administrator has enabled guest access, instructors can make areas within a course accessible to unauthenticated users. Guest users do not have access to the course or organization Control Panel.
|Instructor||Instructors have full access to the course Control Panel. This role is generally assigned to the person developing, teaching, or facilitating the class. If a course is unavailable to students, users with the Instructor role may still access it. The instructor is included in the course description in the Course Catalog.|
|Student||Student is the default course user role. A user with the role of Student has no access to the course Control Panel.|
|Teaching Assistant||Users with the Teaching Assistant role have access to most of the course Control Panel. If the course is unavailable to students, teaching assistants may still access the course.
The teaching assistant is not included in the course description in the Course Catalog. Teaching assistants can't remove an instructor from a course.
Inherited privileges: Privileges and behaviors are inherited from the existing course role (such as TA) that is used to create a new role. The new role retains these privileges even with all privileges removed via the UI-such as a user with a custom course role that was copied from instructor/TA/grader will have full access to the grade book, and a user with a role copied from instructor/TA will be given forum manager privileges in newly created forums. These 'hidden' privileges give users access to view unavailable content and make the Edit Mode toggle appear in the UI. Additionally, these inherent and potentially hidden privileges can't be controlled in the UI. They always remain active. Please review the above table for an understanding of these default inherited privileges, how they may thus impact new custom roles, and which role should be used as a basis for a new custom role. An Instructor role can only make another instructor unavailable in a course but not remove them.
Grant facilitation privileges
Many institutions use Subject Matter Experts to create content for large, multi-section courses that are facilitated by multiple faculty. These institutions or courses may also require more than one person to help keep the curriculum moving forward.
To ensure that the content in each course section remains consistent, administrators can grant additional permissions for course roles.
Learn more about facilitator privileges
Copy a course role
You can create a new course or organization role in Blackboard Learn by copying an existing role. This creates an exact duplicate of the existing role with all of the same privileges. After you create the copy, you can edit it to change the privileges. Learn more about changing privileges for course roles.
- On the Administrator Panel, in the Users section, select Course/Organization Roles.
- Open the role's menu.
- Select Copy.
- On the Copy Course/Org Role page, select the properties and capabilities for the new role to have.
- Select Submit. A new system role appears with the same privileges as the old system role.
Edit a course or organization role
For Student and Guest roles, administrators can edit only the Role Name and Description.
- On the Administrator Panel in the Users section, select Course/Organization Roles.
- Open the role's menu and select Edit.
- On the Edit Course/Org Role page, select the properties and capabilities the role should have.
- Select Submit.
Course and organization role properties and capabilities
When you copy or edit a role, you can choose custom settings. This table describes the available fields. [r] indicates a required field.
|Available for Course Enrollments||Select Yes to make this role available during the course enrollment process.|
|Role Name for Courses [r]||Provide the Role Name to display when this role is available in a course. Choose a descriptive and accurate Role Name so it is easy to identify when assigning roles to a user.
Even if the name of the role is changed, the privileges for the role don't change. For example, changing the Role Name from Instructor to Content Manager doesn't change what users with that role can access.
|Available for Organization Enrollments||Available only with community engagement. To make this role available for organization enrollments, select Yes.|
|Role Name for Organizations [r]||Available only with community engagement. Edit the name for the role when available in an organization. Even if the name of the role is changed, the privileges for the role don't change. For example, changing the Role Name from Leader to Content Manager doesn't change what users with that role can access.|
|Role ID [r]||Displays the database identifier for this role. This identifier applies to the role in both courses and organizations and can't be changed.|
|Description||Type a longer text description of the role.
This description doesn't appear in the Roles list when you assign roles to users. Don't use the Description in place of an accurate Role Name.
|Treat Users with this Role like Instructor (P)||Select Yes to provide this user with access to unavailable courses, the course catalog*, and email enrollment requests. Select No to prevent access to unavailable courses, the Course Catalog, and email enrollment requests.|
|Grant Users with this Role Full Permissions on Course Files||Select Yes to grant users with this role full privileges on the Course Files page for the course in which the user has this role. Select No to provide only the default Read privilege on these files.|
|Grant Users with this Role Full Permissions on Organization Files||Available only with community engagement. Select Yes to grant users with this role full privileges on the Organization Files page for the organization in which the user has this role. Select No to provide only the default Read privilege on these files.|
Manage privileges for course and organization roles
You can permit or restrict more than 100 privileges available for all custom course and organization roles and for standard course and organization roles except Student and Guest.
With these privileges, users can have more granular permissions that align closely with what they are expected to do in Blackboard Learn. This flexibility focuses on separating course design privileges from teaching privileges. This is particularly important to institutions that have strict expectations about the responsibilities of different types of faculty and staff.
For example, an institution can create a set of users who are responsible for creating course templates. The courses are then passed to another set of users who teach the courses. Or, an institution might create a Manager role that is available only in organizations and that has fewer privileges than an Instructor role in a course.
- Go to the Administrator Pane. In the Users menu, select Course/Organization Roles.
- On the Course/Organization Roles page, open the role's menu.
- Select Privileges. The Manage Privileges page lists the privileges you can assign. A green check mark indicates that the privilege is assigned to this role. To learn more about course role privileges, see the Privileges Descriptions Spreadsheet.
- On the Manage Privileges page, select the check box of any privilege you want to assign to this course or organization role. To select all privileges displayed on the page, select the check mark in the column heading.
- Select Permit Privileges.
- Select the check box of any privileges you want to exclude from this course or organization role.
- Select Restrict Privileges.
- Select OK.