What are the functions of a designer and what are the functions of a teacher in canvas?
Hi Tia and welcome to the Community!
I believe that you might find this document useful as it discusses the various account and course-level users,What user roles and permissions are available in Canvas? The PDF on course-level users it links to is also informative. There are some elements of these roles that can be changed by account administrators, so you may want to contact someone at your institution to see if any rights were changed from their default settings. Here is a general summary of the roles from the first document:
I hope this helps!
Thank you Eric!
We are in the learning phase of Canvas as the designers and Teachers. We are trying to figure out a way to first learn the designers permissions and secondly show our faculty how to utilize the teachers permissions. Currently I'm working on two separate dashboards, one designer and the other teacher to learn both sides. Do you have any advice to give about learning these two roles easier as a superuser?
Hi Tia. That is a good question and perhaps others reading this thread will have insight as well. I have not been at an institution that uses the designer role much. At my previous institution we had faculty who developed course that they or other may teach, but in this case we still used the teacher role. I would create a master shell for the course that wouldn't have enrollments and made the faculty member a teacher in the course. She/he would create the class and this would be copied into other shells with various teachers for the actual term.
If I were in a situation where everyone were getting to know Canvas for the first time and where folks needed to know the difference between rights of the designer versus teacher roles, I would start by looking at the rights assigned to each in your administration panel under "permissions" to verify what each role can/cannot do. You may have the rights to check yourself or may need to speak to one of your Canvas administrators. We are using the defaults, and other than grade elements and analytics, the designer can do almost everything a teacher can. This may have been changed at your institution.
After verifying the permissions, I would probably have everyone learn the teacher role well. This would give a thorough introduction to Canvas and its suite of functionalities. With this knowledge, I would then go over the designer role by pointing out what permissions they are now familiar that a designer cannot do. It seems like this would be a good in that the individuals would have a better understanding of the permissions themselves after viewing the various rights of the teacher role first, but this is just my opinion.
I hope this helps! Good luck and I look forward to seeing what insight others have!
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