What are the user roles in Canvas and how can I update them?

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Canvas user's in your course can be accessed via the People tab in your Canvas course(s).

Instructions for removing user's from a course can be found by clicking on this link: Removing Canvas User's from a course

Instructions for changing user's roles in a Canvas course can be found by clicking this link: Changing user roles in a Canvas course

User roles in Canvas are defined as:

  • Student: These users are permitted to submit assignments. This permission should not be turned off for this role. Student permissions are restricted, but they have enough permissions to  access and interact with course materials. You may also grant other permissions to students.
  • Teacher: The teacher role grants a user course admin permissions, giving them control over their assigned course or courses. However, institutions can revise and limit these permissions as needed, depending upon the needs of your institution.
  • TA: These users have permissions similar to teachers except that TAs should not have access to SIS data. The TA role is meant to support the teacher role. Admins can manage TA permissions. For example, some institutions may permit TAs to grade student submissions.
  • Designer: These users are permitted to access and create course content, including announcements, assignments, discussions, and quizzes. Designer access to student information will vary from institution to institution. However, Designers cannot access grades. If your institution does not use Course Designers, you may choose to use this role as another TA user role that has more permissions than a regular TA.
  • Observer: This user role can be linked to a student user enrolled in a course. For example, parents, guardians, and/or mentors may wish to be linked to a student to view their course progress. Observers usually have the fewest permissions.


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Thu 3/23/23 1:22 PM
Thu 3/23/23 1:22 PM