As a Canvas departmental administrator, how can I take courses for which I have administrator rights?

Your department administrator role in Canvas enables you to enter any course site in your assigned department(s) with the same permissions as the instructor of the course. If you enroll as a student in a course for which you have administrative rights, for that course you will have both student and administrator permissions in Canvas. Having both sets of permissions will make it impossible for you to function as a student in the course, and may raise ethical concerns for the instructor. To avoid this scenario, all departmental administrators who enroll in courses for which they have administrative rights must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Use an IU group account to perform your administrative duties. If you do not already have one, create a group account to serve as your Canvas departmental administrator login. This account should be used only by you and only for the purpose of carrying out your department administrator responsibilities in Canvas. For more about IU Group accounts, see Requesting IU computing accounts for groups or departments.
  • Report your enrollment in the course for which you have administrative rights. Before the semester begins, contact the Canvas administrator; include the following information:
    • Course ID(s) for the course(s) in which you are enrolled (e.g., FA15-IN-ENG-W131-99999).
    • Your IU Network ID user name
    • Your IU group account username

    The Canvas administrator will remove the admin privileges associated with your personal Network ID account and assign them to your Canvas departmental administrator group account. For the remainder of the semester, use your group account to perform your administrative duties.

    If you are a part- or full-time student, and likely to enroll in courses every semester, the Canvas administrator can arrange for you to continue to use your group account to carry out your administrative responsibilities.

At the beginning of each semester, UITS will audit Canvas enrollments to ensure all departmental administrators enrolled as students do not have administrative rights in their any of their classes. UITS will reach out to all individuals who did not self-report and help them move their administrative rights to group accounts.

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Last modified on 2017-11-13 11:37:45.

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