Moodle - Description of Roles
This table explains the different roles Moodle offers to be assigned to users.
|Description||Can assign||Can switch to||Notes|
|Instructor||Teachers can do anything within a course, including changing the activities, assigning roles, and grading students.||Instructor, Grader, Guest Instructor, Tutor, Accessibility Specialist, Student, Student(hidden), Invited Guest, Advisor||Grader,Guest Instructor, Advisor, Tutor,Accessibility Specialist,Student,Guest|
|Guest instructor||Guest instructors can participate in the class and moderate student content, but may not alter activities or access the gradebook. They do have access to student grades inside individual activities in the class.||None||Student,Guest|
|Student||Can see content made available to them by instructors and can participate in activities.||None||Can see their grades if instructor makes them available.|
|Student (hidden)||This is the same as a student, but is hidden in the sense that the person won't show up in the list of participants.||None|
Identical to student role, except isn't shown in participants block.
This is used for students who have elected to place a FERPA hold on their name.
|Invited Guest||Guests have minimal privileges and usually can not enter text anywhere.||None||Identical permissions to guest, but is an assignable role.|
|Grader||Graders can grade students, participate in the class, and moderate student content, but may not alter activities.||None||Student,Guest|
|Tutor||Tutors can see course content (including hidden items) but have no access to student data. They do not participate in courses.||None|
|Accessibility Specialist||Accessibility Specialists can see all course content, including hidden items and sections, but have limited access to student data. They do not participate in courses. This role is similar to the tutor role but additionally allows access to hidden sections, forums, and access to courses before they are available to students.||None|
|Advisor||Advisors can see course contents as a guest and can view the grades and course reports for all students. They do not participate in courses.||None|
|Content Editor||Content editors can do anything an instructor can do. They usually do not participate in courses.||Same as instructor||Same as instructor|
|Content Editor, no grades||This role has the same ability to edit course contents as an instructor, but is not allowed to see student grades or work.
Note: Due to limitations in the moodle permission system, there are some areas in which student work and grades are still visible to this role.
Known limitations include: