Roles and permissions in Brightspace

This article will show you each role and corresponding permissions in Brightspace.

1. Course Coordinator

The Course Coordinator is the leader of the course. The Course Coordinator has access and is responsible for all content, grades, and student experience. The Course Coordinator can also add/remove users to/from the course and change their role, but not to the Course Coordinator role.

2. Lecturer

The Lecturer role has the same rights as the Course Coordinator except they cannot add/remove users to/from the course.

3. Teaching Assistant

The Teaching Assistant role has the ability to build courses and support the teacher in the course. Same as the Lecturer role, this role does not have the ability to add/remove users to/from the course.

4. Student

The Student role can access courses and participate actively as a student i.e. View published content, hand in assignments, take quizzes, view gradebook, etc.

5. Pre-Student

The Pre-Student role has the same rights as the Student role. The only difference is that they will not be enroled in groups.

6. Re-exam Student

The Re-exam Student role has the same rights as the Student role. The only difference is that they will not be auto-enroled in groups.

7. Viewer

The Viewer role gives participants (other WUR staff or external users) a look into your course. However,  they cannot actively participate in the course nor able to view External Learning Tools (Multimedia, Knowledge Clips, and Virtual Classroom recordings). 

8. Dummy Student

The Dummy Student role is created for a special purpose, described in the article: Test your course as a student: impersonate a dummy student. It is not a role mentioned for real students! It is not possible, due to GDPR requirements, to impersonate real student's accounts. Course Coordinators should only give the prepared Dummy chair group accounts mentioned in the article the Dummy Student role.

9. Educational Designer

Educational Designers support Brightspace lecturer with the setup of their course.  This role can access all courses in the system, however not visible in the classlist.

Regular courses enrolments are provided automatically and it is not needed to add/remove users. Link to article: About Brightspace course enrolments

Summary of roles and permissions


Course Coordinator Lecturer Teaching
Assistant
Student Pre-Student Re-exam Student Dummy Student Viewer Educational
Designer
Content 
- View draft
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✔️
✔️
❌
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❌
✔️
Content 
- View published
✔️
✔️
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✔️
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Content
- View
(Knowledge Clips, Multimedia, Virtual Classroom Recordings and Feedbackfruits)
✔️
✔️
✔️
✔️
✔️
✔️
✔️
❌
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Course Home 
- Announcements
(Create/ Edit/ Delete)
✔️
✔️
✔️
❌
❌
❌
❌
❌
✔️
Communication 
- Classlist
(Access and view)
✔️
✔️ ✔️
❌
❌
❌
❌
❌
✔️
Communication 
- Classlist
(Enrol New Users)
✔️
❌
❌
❌
❌
❌
❌
❌
✔️
Communication
- Classlist
(Change enrolment role)
✔️
❌
❌
❌
❌
❌
❌
❌
✔️
Communication
- Discussions
(Participate and interact)
✔️
✔️
✔️
✔️
✔️
✔️
✔️
❌
✔️
Communication
- Email
✔️
✔️
✔️
❌
❌
❌
❌
❌
✔️
Communication
- Groups
(Create/ Modify / Delete)
✔️
✔️
✔️
❌
❌
❌
❌
❌
✔️
Communication
- Groups
(Sending emails)
✔️
✔️
✔️
✔️
❌
❌
✔️
❌
✔️
Communication
- Groups
(Be enroled in a group)
❌
❌
❌
✔️
❌
❌
✔️
❌
❌
Communication
- Feedbackfruits
notifications
(Access and view)
✔️
✔️
✔️
✔️
✔️
✔️
✔️
✔️
✔️
Assessments
- Quizzes
(Take a quiz)
❌
❌
❌
✔️
✔️
✔️
✔️
❌
❌
Progress 
- Access class progress
✔️
✔️
✔️
❌
❌
❌
❌
❌
✔️
Progress 
- View individual student progress
✔️
✔️
✔️
✔️
✔️
✔️
✔️
❌
✔️
Grades 
- Create grades
(Add/ modify grades in gradebook)
✔️
✔️
✔️
❌ ❌
❌
❌
❌
✔️
Grades 
- Manage grades
(Grade assignments)
✔️
✔️
✔️
❌
❌
❌
❌
❌
✔️
Course Tools
- Change Course Offering Info
(Course name, status, start and end dates and descriptions)
✔️
✔️
❌
❌
❌
❌
❌
❌
✔️

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