[Permissions] Allow Course Designers to Edit Quizzes

Instructure has decided that course designers should not be able to create or edit New Quizzes. The purpose of the designer role is to create and maintain course content, so making designers unable to create or maintain a major type of content makes the role nearly useless.

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Instructure Alumni
Instructure Alumni

 @amychapm ‌, according to the Canvas Course Role Permissions PDF, users in the Designer role can add, edit, and delete Assignments and Quizzes (see page 3). Are you finding that New Quizzes represent an exception to that? Also, "Course Designer" isn't an official out-of-the-box Canvas role, so it would be good to rule out the possibility that your institution has created a custom role for Course Designers.

We'll keep this idea in Moderating status as we look forward to your response.


Community Member

New Quizzes (formerly Quizzes.Next) is a new tool intended to replace Quizzes at a future date. See this page for more information: What is New Quizzes? 

"Designer" or "Course Designer" is a built-in Canvas role. See this page for more information: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-16068-679521024604 

I received this message from Canvas Support after reporting that a Designer could not edit New Quizzes:

Hello, Our Product & Engineering team have reviewed this issue and determined it is functioning correctly: New Quizzes does not currently support access for course designers. Members of our Product & Engineering team are always open to input, and want to hear from you on our Community site if there is anything that would make your experience with Canvas better. Feel free to submit your suggestions on the Feature Idea site at https://community.canvaslms.com/community/ideas, with an explanation as to why such a change would be beneficial to you. Please let us know if you have any further questions we can assist with on this matter. Thank you, Support Panda Notifier of Things

So this is a request to re-add the functionality available in Quizzes.

Instructure Alumni
Instructure Alumni

Thanks for checking this with Canvas Support,  @amychapm ‌. 

"Designer" is a standard Canvas role, but "Course Designer" (a name some institutions use for a custom role) is not; they're not used interchangeably.

We've opened the idea for voting and our Documentation Team has made a note to update the Canvas Course Permissions PDF to reflect the New Quizzes exception to the Designer role.

Community Participant

If you give someone the "Designer" role in a course and then look in the People tool, the text displayed in the Role column will be "Course Designer".  The standard Canvas role is labeled both ways.  

Community Participant

I agree with @amychapm the Course Designer or Designer role however Canvas wants to call it should be able to add/edit/delete quizzes in the new quizzes platform. It's really annoying to have to create a new role based on the Teacher role because the Designer role does not offer this permission.

Community Participant

Wow, new community is so different. I can't find the link to like. So....

I would also like to like @amychapm's official statement - the permissions for designer in classic quizzes should definitely match permissions in new quizzes. There is no reason to change that, so it sounds like it was accidentally left out...and may have something to do with the permissions upgrade soon to come?


Community Participant

I agree with others on this conversation.

Since we went to Canvas in 2014, people with the Designer role have had the ability to create, edit and delete assignments and classic quizzes.  We have numerous people in our Canvas system with this standard role

Would like this permissions to remain consistent and be the same for New Quizzes.
-Designer can create, edit and delete.

Kevin Nolan
Canvas Admin
Colorado State University

Community Member

I support the idea put forward by @amychapm .

With the transition to online learning we've had to hire graduate students to facilitate online course preparation way before any TA assignments are made to any specific class. The Designer role is critical for assisting Instructors to prepare courses.

The designer role is also a good way to protect the privacy of students since it cannot access the gradebook.

Why would you drop that access from Classic to New Quizzes?


Community Champion
We have the same privacy concerns surrounding student data with course designers. This needs to be a role that should be added to New Quizzes.
Community Contributor

Designer's main role is to be able to edit, create & modify course content, so why do they not have access to create/view/Modify Quizzes through the New Quizzes set up?