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Feature Option Overview: Check Permissions when Masquerading as Course Admins

Feature Option Overview: Check Permissions when Masquerading as Course Admins

Summary

When masquerading as Course Admin Roles (Teacher/TA/Designer base role), the masquerading user is required to have the same (or more) permissions as the target user.

This change allows account admin roles to have greater customization and security of permissions.

Availability

Release Schedule

Included in the regular Canvas release schedule; see Check Permissions when Masquerading as Course Admins release updates 

Upcoming Enhancements

If available, see Product Roadmap

Mobile App Support

Not yet available

Beta Environment Availability

2022-04-05

Production Environment Availability

2022-04-16

Free-for-Teacher Availability

TBD

Enforcement Date

TBD

 

Configuration

Feature Option Location & Default Status

Account (Off/Unlocked)

    Feature Option State

Production-ready

    Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes (learn how to enable feature options)

    Subaccount Configuration

No

Affected Canvas Areas

Permissions

Permissions

Users-act as

 

Account Setup

Feature Option/Account Setting

When the feature option is OFF, behavior is as it is today, Canvas does not ensure that the Account Admin has the same or greater permissions as the Course Admin. When the feature option is ON, Canvas ensures that the Account Admin has the same or greater permissions as the Course Admin. Account Admins are still able to masquerade as course-level roles that are NOT Course Admins (e.g.: Students / Observers) regardless of the target user's permissions or feature option status.

It is recommended primary Account Admins spend time ensuring that the permissions for the other Account Admins are adjusted to be fully inclusive of the roles that they should be able to masquerade as. Additionally, Canvas recommends turning this feature on in your beta or test environments now to determine which roles will not behave as desired (e.g.: your support/help desk roles).

 

Check Permissions when Masquerading as Course Admins Feature OptionCheck Permissions when Masquerading as Course Admins Feature Option

 
In Account Settings, click the Feature Options tab. Locate the Check permissions when Masquerading as Course Admins feature option.

Feature Options MenuFeature Options Menu


Click the Enabled link. 

User Documentation

Affected User Roles

Admin

Affects User Interface

No

Canvas User Guides

Not Yet Available

Feature Q&A

Releases Q&A: 2022-04-16 Permissions Masquerading as Course Admin Update

All Community Feature Resources

Feature Option Name Resources  

Known Issues

Behaviors that are contrary to explanations in the workflow summary should be submitted to Canvas Support. Notable known behaviors are posted in Known Issues.

 

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