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About Course Roles - Don't be FERPA Fool!!

When you enroll users in your course they will be assigned the Student role by default.  You can then elevate their privilege to a role such as Teaching Assistant.  BE VERY CAREFUL.  Some course roles allow access to ALL student assignment and test information as well as all Groups and the course Grade Center.  You should NEVER elevate privileges of enrolled students that would enable their access to student grade/assignment information as this would violate FERPA .

Your class roster will be automatically synchronized with the Registrar class roster every four hours every day throughout the semester.  You should not enroll students through your Blackboard course who wish to receive credit for the course.  Instead, students need to enroll with the Registrar's office.

Course Roles

Role

Description

Student

Student is the default course user role. A user with the role of Student has no access to the course Control Panel.

Instructor

Instructors have full access to the course Control Panel. 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.

Teaching Assistant

Users with the Teaching Assistant role have access to most of the course Control Panel. 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.

Course Builder

The Course Builder role has access to most areas of the course or organization Control Panel. 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 Control Panel. 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 to the Grade Center.  If a course is unavailable to students, the course appears in the My Courses module and in the course list for a user with the role of Grader. However, the grader cannot enter the course until the course is available.

Student Course Builder

To be used for enrolled students whom the instructor wishes to promote for uploading and managing course materials. No access to user or grade information will be given.

Guest

The Guest role allows prospective students, alumni, and parents to explore Blackboard 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. Guest users do not have access to the course or organization Control Panel.

Enroll Teaching Assistant in your Blackboard course:

  1. On the Control Panel, expand the Users and Groups section.
  2. Click Users.
  3. On the Users page, point to Enroll User and select Find Users to Enroll.
  4. Type a username or click Browse to search for users. Only users that are not already enrolled in the course will be identified in a search for users.
  5. Select a Role and Enrollment Availability for the users.
  6. Click Submit