Canvas: Roles and Permissions

This article explains different permissions granted to different roles at Rice.

In Canvas at Rice University, permissions allow users to access certain features and perform certain functions. Roles are essentially collections of permissions set at the system, campus, school, and department levels (i.e. roles cannot be modified by instructors).

A user's permissions are determined by the role(s) the user is assigned. Roles and their permissions are cumulative. Consequently, if you add someone to your course site multiple times, assigning that person a different role each time, he or she will have the combined permissions of each role you assigned.

Important: Users in the Teacher, T.A., and Grader roles can view and edit student grade information. Any Non-Rice user who will hold one of these roles must complete the FERPA Tutorial and submit the Rice University Instructor:Teaching Assistant Agreement before being assigned to the role in Canvas. The document needed for a Non-Rice T.A. is linked at: RiceUniversityInstructor:TeachingAssistantAgreement.docx

Canvas roles in Rice courses
ROLE PERMISSIONS
Teacher For instructors and assistants who need full access to the Canvas features for instruction
Librarian Assistants who need access to the tools necessary to assist in managing course content. Has limited ability to interact with students and has no access to grades or grading.
T.A. Has access to all Canvas features for instruction, with exception to managing announcements and moderating outcomes and grades.
Non-grading T.A. For teaching assistants who do not need the ability to grade.
Grader For individuals who will be grading items in Canvas. The Grader role is based on the T.A. role, but has more limited permissions enabled. Graders can view all course content including assignments, quizzes, and discussions; however, unlike users in the T.A. role, Graders cannot edit course content.
Designer For instructional designers (and staff with similar responsibilities) who write and manage course content, but do not actually teach courses or grade student work
Student For students officially enrolled in the course only.
Observer For users who are observing a student's behavior and progress in a course. For more information see What is the Observer Role in the Canvas Guides.

 

Specific roles in Canvas
PERMISSIONS STUDENT T.A. GRADER Non-GRADING T.A. TEACHER DESIGNER LIBRARIAN
Add, edit, and delete events on the course calendar No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No
Add/remove other teachers, course designers, or T.A.s to the course No No No No Yes No No
Add/remove students from the course No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No
Change course status No No No No Yes Yes No
Create and edit assessing rubrics No Yes No No Yes Yes No
Create student collaborations No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No
Create web conferences No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No
Edit grades No Yes Yes No Yes No No
L.T.I. add and edit No No No No No No No
Manage (add/edit/delete) assignments and quizzes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No
Manage (add/edit/delete) course files No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Manage (add/edit/delete) pages No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Manage (add/edit/delete) course sections No No No No Yes Yes No
Manage (add/edit/delete) groups No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No
Manage alerts No No No No Yes No No
Manage all other course content No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Manage learning outcomes No No No No Yes Yes No
Moderate grades No No No No Yes No No
Moderate discussions (delete/edit other's posts, lock topics) No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No
Post to discussions Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Read SIS data No No No No Yes No No
See the list of users Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Send messages to individual course members Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Send messages to the entire class No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
View all grades No Yes Yes No Yes No No
View all students' submissions and make comments on them No Yes Yes No Yes Yes No
View analytics pages No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
View and link to question banks No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
View announcements Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
View discussions Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
View the group pages of all student groups No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
View usage reports for the course No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No




Keywords:Canvas, roles, permissions, TA, grader, librarian, observer,   Doc ID:76687
Owner:Amanda B.Group:Rice University
Created:2017-09-20 10:41 CDTUpdated:2020-08-06 16:48 CDT
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