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Permissions (Admins)

Permissions (Admins)

In this video you will learn how to create, edit, and set permissions for account and course-level roles.

Last updated 2023-06-02


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In this video you will learn how to create, edit, and set permissions for account and course-level roles.

To access roles and permissions, click the Permissions link in Account Navigation. Permissions control user access to Canvas features. Canvas includes several default roles. Default course roles include students, instructors, TAs, observers, and designers. Account admin is the only default account role. Additional roles can be added at the course or account level as needed. 

You can create custom roles by clicking the Add Role button. Enter a name for the new role and if you’re creating a course-level role, select a base user type in the drop-down menu. Each base role has default permissions. When you select a user type for a new role, the new role will inherit the default permissions for the user type you select. Custom account roles automatically inherit all permissions. Please note that you can customize the permissions for custom roles in the Permissions page. When you have entered all the information for the role, click the Save button.

You can search permissions and filter by role on the permissions page. To view an overview of a role, click the name of the role. In the role sidebar, you can view the name of the role, the base type of the role, and the last time the role was updated. If you are viewing a custom role, you can edit the role name or delete the role. You can also view and edit assigned and unassigned permissions. To edit a permission, click the Check or X icon and select an option from the menu. 

In the Permissions page, you can view an overview about all the roles and permissions in the account. Click the name of a permission to view information about that specific permission. In the permission sidebar, you can view an overview of the permission, including what the permission does, additional considerations, and the status of the permission for all roles in the account. An X icon indicates that a permission is disabled. A checkmark icon indicates that a permission is enabled. Permission icons that are not opaque indicate permissions that are locked and cannot be changed. Click a permission icon to enable or disable the permission. When setting a permission, you have five options: Enable, Enable and Lock, Disable, Disable and Lock, and Use Default. Permissions are saved automatically as they are modified. However, it may take some time before the permissions take effect in the account.

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