Note: Some features may not be enabled in the VCU Canvas instance.
Canvas provides five base course-level user roles that each include their own set of default permissions.
|Student||Enrolled in a course site.||View course content and engage in course activities, including the ability to submit assignments, participate in discussions, and view the course roster.||Cannot view or modify settings for a course.|
|Teacher||Have full access to the Canvas features for instruction.||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.||None.|
|TA||For assistant instructors and teaching assistants.||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.||Cannot add other Teachers or TAs into the course, nor publish the course. Does not have access to SIS Data.|
|Designer||For instructional designers/technologists (and staff with similar responsibilities) who write and manage course content, but do not actually teach courses or grade student work.||Create course content, discussions, announcements, assignments, quizzes, and other content features.||Cannot view or modify grades. Designers cannot add Teachers or TAs to the course, but can add students.|
|Observer||For users who have no official role in the course, but have been given permission to view course content and discussion forums.||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.||No permissions to edit or participate in course activities.|
VCU Canvas admins have created the following custom roles to fit the various needs of the university.
For more details on what permissions each roles has see the Course Roles Permission Comparison Chart below.
People shows all the users enrolled in your course, either added by your or your institution via SIS import.
You can also view the number of current users in a course from the Course Settings page.
In Course Navigation, click the People link.
People Index Page [View Image]
The People page displays all information about the users in your course. The page is designed with global settings at the top of the page  followed by the generated user data .
View People [View Image]
Global settings include searching and filtering by user data. To search for a specific user, type the user's name in the search field .
To filter by role, select the Roles drop-down menu . The filter will also display the number of users in each type of role (e.g. student).
You can also add a user to the course .
Search and Filter Users_People [View Image]
The People page also organizes all your student groups, where you can manage student groups. You can create groups to put students together to complete projects or other activities. Students can set up their own groups, which will allow them to work collaboratively.
Manage Student Groups_People [View Image]
To manage course-level user options, click the global Options drop-down menu. You can view user groups . User groups are the same as displayed in the global settings at the top of the page.
You can view prior enrollments in the course . Prior enrollments are students who were previously enrolled in the course and their enrollments have been concluded.
You can also view a summary of all student interactions in your course . Interactions are recorded when you contact the student via Conversations or when you leave a comment on an assignment.
You can view registered services for each user in the course . If a person has registered a social media account in Canvas, you can see that service listed and communicate with that person through any social media site they have registered.
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The People page orders users alphabetically by last name. Search and filter results display the following data:
Note: Viewing user details, including Login IDs and user email addresses, are course permissions. Depending on your permissions, you may not be able to view all available information in the People page.
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You can also view the status for pending and inactive enrollments.
Once a course is published, users receive an invitation to the course. Users who have not yet accepted the course invitation display a pending status . To resend course invitations for pending users, click the Resend link  at the top of the page.
Users who are inactive in the course display an inactive status . The inactive status allows you to view a user's prior activity in the course but does not allow the student to access the course.
View User Status_People [View Image]
To view the context card for a student, click the student's name.
View Context Card_People [View Image]
To manage a user in your course, click the Options icon. You can resend course invitations, edit the user's course sections, view user details, and view New Analytics.
Manage Individual Users_People [View Image]
For Observer roles, you can also link an observer to a student.
Link Observer to Student_People [View Image]