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Course Access in Canvas
There are two types of users in Canvas: Account-level users and Course-level users. Course roles are roles with permissions that allow a user course-level access.
Usually users with these roles cannot see more than what is in their Canvas courses. 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.
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.
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 providing the same level of access as Teacher but excluding the user 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.
TA (Teaching Assistant)
Primary use: For assistant instructors and teaching assistants.
Permissions: TAs have permissions similar 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, nor publish the course.
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 Instructors to a course, and cannot modify grades or course member data.
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, nor add other Instructors or TAs into the course.
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 their progress.
Limitations: Observers have no permissions to edit or participate in course activities.
Detailed Comparison between roles provided as a PDF and Excel format below.