How do I manage the Permissions page?

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As an admin, you can review and manage permissions for course-level and account-level user roles. Depending on the user role, you may want to edit default permissions and set custom permissions for a user role in your account. Permissions grant or deny access to specific features within an account and course.

Note: Some permissions may not be available for sub-accounts. To learn more about sub-account permissions and limitations, view the Account vs. Sub-Account Comparisons PDF.

Open Account

Access Account

In Global Navigation, click the Admin link [1], then click the name of the account [2].

Open Permissions

Click Permissions Link

In Account Navigation, click the Permissions link.

View Permissions

View Permissions Page

By default, the permissions page displays course-level user role permissions [1].

To view account-level user role permissions, click the Account Roles tab [2].

Search and Filter Permissions

  Search and Filter Permissions

To search for a specific permission, type a permission name in the Search field [1]. The search field uses predictive filtering.

You can also filter permissions by role. By default, the Permissions page displays all user roles. To filter permissions for a specific user role, type or select the name of the user role from the Permission Role Filter menu [2].

You can use the search and filter options to search permissions for specific user roles.

View Individual Permission

  View Individual Permission

To view information about a specific permission, click the permission name.

View Additional Permission Details

View Additional Permission Information

The permission sidebar displays the permission name [1].

View and collapse specific details about the permission by clicking the What it Does and Additional Considerations arrow icons [2]. Please note some permissions may not include these details.

The sidebar also displays the Assigned Roles section [3], which shows all enabled roles for the permission, and the Unassigned Roles section [4], which shows all disabled roles for the permission.

Manage Individual Permission

Manage Individual Permission

To manage user roles for the permission, click the icon next to the name of a user role [1]. In the permission menu [2], the existing permission is indicated by a check mark.

Choose the new permission status by clicking one of the permission options: Enable, Enable and Lock, Disable, Disable and Lock, and Use Default. Locked options keep the setting from being changed by subaccount admins in a lower account. The new permission status is saved automatically.

Note: If a permission icon does not display as opaque, you cannot change the permission [3].

View and Manage Individual User Role Permissions

  View Individual User Role Permissions

To view all permissions assigned to a specific role, click the role name [1]. You can manage permissions for account-level roles and manage permissions for course-level roles.

To add an account-level role or add a course-level role, view the tab for the appropriate role and click the Add Role button [2].

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