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Students who Audit Courses

Question asked by on Oct 9, 2015
Latest reply on Nov 11, 2015 by Stefanie Sanders

Hi, everyone,


We are a new Canvas school and we have integrated our SIS with Canvas such that it creates students, teachers and courses for us in Canvas.  There are, however, a handful of people who attend classes as Audits, not for credit, who also need access to the courses/assignments.  We needed a strategy for this, since there is no built-in auditing role (which is odd).


We began a resolution for this process by creating users for them (if they were not already Canvas users), and then creating an "Audit" course role, which was based upon the Student role.  We then enroll the auditing student, assigning them the role of Audit.  Shortly thereafter, our integration kicks them out because it "owns" Student roles and the Audit role, although named "Audit" is apparently just another name for Student. 


So, now I have created another role based on Observer named Auditing and assigned that to those individuals (after removing them and readding them...why can't I just change the role?).  That seems to be holding, but in the People list, it lists these individuals as "Observing:Nobody," which is a little misleading and even alarming to some.


How are your schools managing audits?  We can't be the only school that allows people to audit a class.  Suggestions?  Thoughts?  All are welcome.


Thanks, Vi