My institution would like to use the "observer" role for giving mentors access to the course content, the coursework and grades of their students in all their courses. As far as I understand, this is exactly what the observer role is for. The observer guide explains that parents/mentors can sign up and link their accounts to a student, and that they can link further student accounts to their account. However, mentors in my institution can also be instructors in other courses, therefore their account already exists in Canvas. My question is whether admins can somehow link an existing account to student accounts as observer, and if so, how?
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User roles in Canvas are course-specific, rather than a "global role", as one might expect in many systems. This has advantages and disadvantages.
You can enroll any user into any course as an Observer, then select who they are observing.
Nope, I could not find this in the Guides either!
I hope this helps,
thanks for the prompt reply. I understand how the course-specific observer role works. However, I also found in the observer guide that "Depending on the instutition, observers can have different levels of access. An observer can be linked to a student and given access to all of a student's current, past, and future courses." This is exactly what I am looking for, granting access to all of a student's current, past and future courses. The guide later explains that parents/mentors can sign up as an observer and create a new account which then will be linked to the student, however, what I would like to have is an option to link already existing accounts to students.
That will depend on how your institution is setup. We don't allow anyone to self sign-up to observe. If your does, you will need to know the student's login and password to be able to connect to the student.
Yes, I know that self-enrolment as an observer requires the student's login and password and that it depends on how the institution is set up. What I am looking for is still whether admins can link already existing accounts to students as observers.
Did you actually find a way to do this? I have the exact same scenario I am trying to work through right now...