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Course Roles

Course roles control access to the content and tools within a course. Each user is assigned a role for each course they participate in. For example, a user with a role of teaching assistant in one course can have a role of student in another course.

You set course roles when enrolling users in courses. You can also edit course roles after enrollment.

Administrators can edit the names, capabilities, and privileges associated with existing course roles. They can also create new course roles. Therefore, some of the information listed here may not accurately reflect your available course roles.

Standard Course and Organization Roles
Role Description
Course Builder The Course Builder role has access to most areas of the course. This role is appropriate for an assistant who should not have access to student grades.

If the course is unavailable to students, a course builder can still access the course. The course builder cannot remove an instructor from a course.

Grader The Grader role has limited access to the course. Graders can assist an instructor in the creation, management, delivery, and grading of assessments and surveys. The grader may also assist an instructor with adding manual entries.

If a course is unavailable to students, the course appears in the course list for a user with the role of Grader. However, the grader cannot enter the course until the course is available.

Guest The Guest role allows prospective students, alumni, and parents to explore Blackboard Learn without making any changes to users, courses, or content. Users with the role of Guest are unauthenticated users.

If an administrator has enabled guest access, instructors can make areas within a course accessible to unauthenticated users.

Though you can assign the guest role to users in the Ultra course view, guests can't access courses at this time.

Instructor Instructors have full access to the course. This role is generally assigned to the person developing, teaching, or facilitating the class. If a course is unavailable to students, users with the Instructor role may still access it. The instructor is included in the course description in the Course Catalog. The instructor role can control tool availability.
Student Student is the default course user role. A user with the role of Student submits coursework and participates in discussions. Students can't create or grade course items. Students see private courses in their course lists, but they can't access them.
Teaching Assistant Users with the Teaching Assistant role have access to most of the course. If the course is unavailable to students, teaching assistants may still access the course.

The teaching assistant is not included in the course description in the Course Catalog. Teaching assistants cannot remove an instructor from a course.