Manage Additional People or Add Users

Manage Additional People or Add Users

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Add users (TAs, Visiting Instructors, Designers and Tutors) to your course

Note:  If the user does not have a university Net-ID you can Create an Affiliate User.

  1. Navigate to your course and click on ISU AdminTools on your course navigation.
  2. Choose Manage Additional People.
  3. Enter the netID, choose their role, and select the section you want them to have access to (or choose All Sections).
Use the ISU Admin Tool to add TAs, Tutors, Visiting Instructors, etc.

Course Roles and Permissions

Note: If you want a user to have Full Instructor (Role 1) privileges within your course you will need to contact your departmental administrator to add them as an instructor in the course.

Student Role

  • The Student role is a participant in the course that can view all published content and activities.
  • Any graded activities will then be reflected in the Gradebook.
  • Note: Student enrollment is handled by Registrar data that updates nightly. If a student does not have access to your course but feels they should be in the course, please refer them to the Registrar’s office.
  • To learn how-to enroll students and publish your course at Iowa State University, visit the Prepare to Teach in Canvas web guide.
  • Important: Adding a student to the course manually can cause issues with enrollment, payment and grade processing.

Teacher Role (Instructor of Record)

  • The Teacher role has access to all areas of the course and all areas in Settings to manage the course. 
  • This role also has access to Global Course Administration and ISU AdminTools for the course. 
  • Note: This role is automatically given to the Instructor of Record in the course as designated by their department.

Co-Teacher Role (Non-Instructor of Record)

  • The Co-Teacher role has access to all areas of the course and all areas in Settings to manage the course. 
  • This role does NOT have access to Global Course Administration and ISU AdminTools for the course.

Teaching Assistant (TA) Role

  • The Teaching Assistant role is equivalent to the Teacher role.
  • However, they are unable to manage alerts or outcomes; or add/remove other teachers, and course designers.

Designer Role

  • The Designer role has access to assist in the design and development of the course and the creation of content and activities. 
  • This role does not participate in the course and does not have access to student grades or submitted work.

Guest Lecturer Role

  • The Guest Lecturer is a custom role at Iowa State University which provides viewing access to all content within the course and the ability to participate in communication such as discussions and messages.
  • This role was created specifically for Guest Lecturers and Scholars.

Observer Role

  • The Observer role is a view only role and is unable to participate in any way. Iowa State uses this role for some Academic Advisors to observe students performance.
  • Note: Students who are being monitored are aware of this action.  For more information on this role please see the Canvas Observer Role Frequently Asked Questions.

Peer Reviewer Role

  • The Peer Reviewer is a custom role at Iowa State University which provides viewing only access to all content within the course.
  • This role is not able to view or participate in communication such as discussions and messages. This role was created specifically for Peer Observers, Tutors, Transcribers and Interpreters. 
  • Peer Reviewer (Legacy) is a role that was used prior to 5/17/19.

Create affiliate user

ISU Canvas courses may only include people with an ISU Net-ID. You can sponsor a new Net-ID for a person who is neither a student nor employee of Iowa State University, but still has an affiliation with the University.  This affiliation can be as a visiting scholar, scientist, researcher or for another university business purpose, as determined by the administrative officer or their delegate.

It is expected that the sponsored Net-ID will be terminated when that business purpose has been fulfilled. A university employee may request to sponsor a Net-ID by logging into Account Services on the Web (ASW) page and selecting “Manage Sponsored Net-IDs” followed by “Request a New Sponsored Net-ID”.

  • Select New Affiliate Net-ID for people outside the university. These Net-IDs must be reviewed/renewed every spring (by March 1) and fall (by October 1).
  • Select New Role Net-ID for ISU business functions. These Net-IDs must be reviewed/renewed every fall (by October 1).

Select an appropriate approver. The approver is responsible for reviewing the reason the Net-ID is being requested and for working with the sponsor to terminate the Net-ID when appropriate.

At the designated time, a renewal reminder will be sent to the sponsor of the Net-ID. If the sponsor wishes to renew the Net-ID, they will need to send a reminder to an authorized approver.

Canvas Observer Role Frequently Asked Questions

There are students at Iowa State University who require timely academic monitoring to help support their academic performance and progress towards graduation, and to meet external reporting requirements; this includes many student-athletes. The observer role in Canvas assists Athletics Academic Advisors (full-time professional staff in Athletics) with monitoring a student-athlete’s academic progress throughout the semester in compliance with NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) guidelines.

The observer role in Canvas is a ‘view only’ role. Observers can view course announcements and some course materials. They cannot view quizzes or exams that are administered through those features in Canvas. An observer can only view the gradebook entries for the specific student-athlete(s) they are assigned to. The observer role is limited to only full-time, professional academic advisors within the Office of Student Athlete Development.

Yes. Each student-athlete knows who their athletics advisor is, and each student-athlete assents to the advisor viewing their gradebook entries in Canvas. A student-athlete completes this approval process each semester.

Athletics advisors in the observer role are trained and educated to respect intellectual property rights. Each of these academic professionals signs a confidentiality nondisclosure agreement and completes FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) training each year.

There will be communication prior to the start of each semester to all faculty/instructors of record who have a student-athlete(s) enrolled in their Canvas course. The athletics advisor assigned to the student-athlete will be added to the Canvas course in an observer role at the beginning of the semester.

In the past, instructors may have noticed multiple observers/athletic advisors names in their course. Each advisor was assigned to an individual student-athlete based on their sport. However, in large courses there are often student-athletes from multiple sports enrolled. Athletics, IT and CELT are currently working on a solution to reduce the number of individuals in an observer role in each course. The goal is to have one or two athletics advisors in the observation role for all student-athletes in a given course.