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Course Roles

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Course Roles control access to the content and tools within a course. Each user is assigned a role for each Course (or Organization) in which they participate. 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.

The Course Role is set when a User is enrolled. It can also be modified after enrollment from the Course Control Panel of the Course.

Course Roles include:

  • Course Builder
  • Grader
  • Guest
  • Instructor
  • Student
  • Teacher’s Assistant

Note: The Course Control Panel privileges associated with each Course Role can be modified using the User Privileges feature. In addition, the names of the Course Roles can be changed with the Course Role Rename feature.

 

Course Builder

Note: If the course is unavailable to Students, a Course Builder can still access the course. A Course Builder cannot remove an Instructor from a Course.

The Course Builder role has access to most areas of the Course Control Panel. This role is appropriate for a research assistant or to an assistant who has limited responsibilities, but should not have access to student grades. 

Course Builders have access to the following areas within the Course Control Panel:

*Course Information

  • Settings

*Course Documents

  • Import Course Cartridge

*Assignments

  • Import Package

*External Links

*Resources

*Announcements

  • Course Copy

*Course Calendar

  • Export Course

*Staff Information

  • List / Modify Users

*Tasks

  • Create User

*Discussion Boards

  • Batch Create Users for Course

*Send Email

  • Enroll User

*Collaboration

  • Remove Users from the Course

*Digital Drop Box

*Manage Groups

  • Manage Course Menu

*Test Manager

  • Archive Course

*Survey Manager

  • Recycle Course

*Pool Manager

*Manage Tools

 

* Settings for areas with an asterisk (*) cannot be modified on the User Privileges page.

Note: All options within the available areas of the Course Control Panel may not be available.

Grader

Note: If a course is unavailable to students, the course will appear in the My Courses module and Course list for a user with the role of Grader, but the Grader will not be able to enter the course until the course is available

The Grader role has limited access to the Course Control Panel. A Grader would assist the Instructor in the creation, management, delivery, and grading of Assessments and Surveys. A Grader may also assist the Instructor with adding manual entries to the Online Gradebook.

Graders have access to the following areas within the Course Control Panel:

*Announcements

*Survey Manager

*Course Calendar

*Pool Manager

*Digital Drop Box

*Gradebook

List/Modify Users – may not modify content

*Gradebook Views

*Test Manager

*Course Statistics

* Settings for areas with an asterisk (*) cannot be modified on the User Privileges page.

Note: All options within the available areas of the Course Control Panel may not be available.

Guest

Users with the role of Guest have no access to the Course Control Panel. If Guest access is enabled by the System Administrator, an Instructor can make areas within a course accessible to Guests.

Visitors to the Blackboard Learning System such as prospective Students, alumni or parents may be given the role of Guest.

Instructor

Instructors have access to all areas in the Course Control Panel. This role is generally given to the person developing, teaching or facilitating the class. If a course is unavailable to Students, Instructors may still access it.

Administrators may modify access to the following areas on the User Privileges page:

  • List / Modify Users
  • Course Copy
  • Create User
  • Recycle Course
  • Batch Create Users for Course
  • Import Course Cartridge
  • Remove Users from the Course
  • Enroll User
  • Settings
  • Export Course
  • ·Archive Course
  • Manage Course Menu

 

Student

Student is the default Course User Role. As user with the role of Student has no access to any areas on the Course Control Panel.

Teacher’s Assistant

Note: A Teaching Assistant cannot remove an Instructor from a course.

The Teacher’s Assistant has access to nearly everything in the Course Control Panel. If the course is unavailable to students, Teaching Assistants may still access the course.

Unlike the Instructor, the Teaching Assistant will not be listed in the Course Catalog listing for the course.

Administrators may modify access to the following areas on the User Privileges page:

  • List / Modify Users
  • Course Copy
  • Create User
  • Recycle Course
  • Batch Create Users for Course
  • Import Course Cartridge
  • Remove Users  from the Course
  • Enroll User
  • Settings
  • Export Course
  • Archive Course
  • Manage Course Menu

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This entry was posted on April 11, 2006 by in Blackboard 8.

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