Canvas Roles and Permissions

While permissions for each role can be modified at the sub-account level (unit/department), role names are set by Canvas and cannot be altered. As such, instructors receive the role of "Teacher" and Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) receive the role of "TA" by default. If you wish to add an individual to your course, use the following chart to determine the most appropriate role for them. The permissions most commonly considered when adding an individual to a course are listed first.

Permissions Teacher Assistant* Student TA Designer Librarian Observer Grader Participant**
Add/remove other Teachers, Designers or TAs to course Yes Yes No No Yes No No No No
Add students to / remove students from a course Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No No No
Edit grades Yes Yes No Yes No No No Yes No
Add /edit/ delete assignments and quizzes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No No
Add/edit/delete course files Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
Create/edit/delete course sections Yes Yes No No Yes No No No No
View all grades Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes No
View/comment on all students' submissions Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
Send messages to the entire class Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
Add/edit/delete events on course calendar Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No No
Publish course Yes Yes No No Yes No No No No
Read SIS data Yes Yes No No No No No No No
Create/edit assessing rubrics Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No No
Create student collaborations Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No No
Create web conferences Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
Create/edit/delete groups Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No No No
Manage learning outcomes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No   No
Add/edit/delete pages Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No No
Delete/edit other’s discussion posts or lock topics Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No No
Post to discussions Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
View list of users Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
Send messages to individual course members Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
View analytics pages Yes Yes No Yes No No No No No
View and link to question banks Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No No
View discussions Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
View group pages of all student groups Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No No
View course usage reports Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No No No

* The Assistant role provides the same permissions/access to a course as a Teacher, but without having the individual's role display in the course as "Teacher." This role might be appropriate for administrative assistants, lab aids, technical support staff, etc.

** The Participant role is primarily intended for non-course sites (i.e., project sites) and is similar to the Member role in CTools.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017