Now and then we get asked about the roles in ECU’s Blackboard and the permissions that go along with the roles. Here is a list to provide an explanation:
Instructors have access to all areas in the Course Control Panel. This role is assigned to the person developing, teaching or facilitating the class. If a course is unavailable to students, the Instructor may still access the course. The Instructor can add and remove guests from the course. An instructor should not modify student enrollments, which are controlled through Banner, and added to Blackboard by ITCS.
TA (Teaching Assistant)
Same as Instructor with the exception of: The TA cannot enroll or remove users from the course. TA’s cannot bulk delete or copy content. TA’s cannot elevate another user’s privileges/permissions or add other users.
The Course Builder has access to most areas of the Course Control Panel. This role is appropriate for a research assistant or to an assistant who has limited responsibilities, but should not have access to student grades.
Note: If the course is unavailable to Students, a Course Builder can still access the course. A Course Builder cannot remove an Instructor from a Course.
The Grader has limited access to the Course Control Panel. A Grader would assist the Instructor in the creation, management, delivery, and grading of Assessments and Surveys. A Grader may also assist the Instructor with adding manual entries to the Online Gradebook.
Note: If a course is unavailable to students, the course will appear in the My Courses module and Course list for a user with the role of Grader, but the Grader will not be able to enter the course until the course is available.
The course reviewer has full access to review all course content, tool areas and gradebook data. But, this role cannot delete any course content. The purpose of this role is for internal unit or program review.
Outside Course Reviewer
The Outside course reviewer has full access to review all course content in the available mode or unavailable mode. But, this role cannot delete course content, view the gradebook or look up users. The purpose of this role is for an external review of a unit or program focusing purely on course content.
Users with the role of Guest have no access to the Course Control Panel, Grade Center, or any Content area that has a gradable item. If Guest access is enabled by the System Administrator, an Instructor can make areas within a course accessible to Guests*. For external accounts or non-ECU guests, please see the note below.
* If an instructor desires a Guest in the course, there is a setting that needs changed for the Guest to see the course: Control Panel > Customization > Course and Observer Access > change No to Yes for Guest Access.
Note: External accounts for guests with Instructor, TA, Course Builder, or Grader access are only created by Matt Long, ITCS Blackboard Administrator. In order to request an External user account for a guest, the instructor of record must complete the Blackboard External Access Request form within the Online Help Desk ticketing system (in the Online Access Forms area). The Office of the Registrar must approve all External Account Requests. Each external guest must complete and return a Statement of Confidentiality.
A user with the role of Student has no access to any areas on the Course Control Panel. The Student has access only to his or her gradebook and course content and assessments made available by the Instructor.
FERPA Note: An enrolled student in a course should not be switched to the role of TA because of access to the gradebook with all student data and access to personally identifiable information of other students. As well, the role of TA would allow the ability to view, revise and/or delete course content and gradable items, which may compromise the integrity of exams and other assessments.