Observers have an incredibly unique perspective of a Canvas course. Imagine the feeling you would have as you stand on an observation deck. You're above the action, essentially on the outside, watching everything happen from a distance. You can't participate directly, but yet your involvement and engagement is so important! As you watch all of the activity from a distance, you need to also need to understand what's happening so you can coach your student who is busily learning "on the ground" on a daily basis.
During particular times of the year, the Canvas Community notices an increase in Observer or Canvas Parent related questions. To help bring all of those questions, answers, and resources together for families of students who use Canvas for their coursework and school-related activities, I did my best to collect information from around the Canvas Community and group it by theme. I hope that this all-inclusive-resource for Canvas Observers will provide some clarity to this role.
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About the Observer Role
- An Observer is the name which describes the users in a course who can view the content and follow a particular student's progress. They can not interact with or participate in the course's content or materials.
- As an Observer, a family member (or coach, guidance counselor, mentor, etc.) has the ability to learn a lot about a student's day.
Creating an Account
- This is a great place for Observers to start! How do I sign up for a Canvas account as a parent?
- Before initiating the process, it's a good idea to work with the student or students to which the account will be connected! Ask for a pairing code! Each pairing code will last for seven days. Next, link a student to an observer account.
- Here are some of the Most
- This account will work for the web and Canvas Parent!