Moodle - Description of Roles


UW-Madison has adopted Canvas as its single, centrally supported learning management system. As of 6/1/2018, support for Desire2Learn (D2L) and most Moodle courses has been discontinued. Access to those courses has permanently ended. However, certain Moodle courses that are part of the Adanced Quizzing Content Functional Gaps project are still available on Moodle. Those courses are located on the Moodle Extension site.

This table explains the different roles Moodle offers to be assigned to users.

 Description                              Can assignCan 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, AdvisorGrader,Guest Instructor, Advisor, Tutor,Accessibility Specialist,Student,Guest
Guest instructorGuest 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.NoneStudent,Guest
StudentCan 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 GuestGuests have minimal privileges and usually can not enter text anywhere.None
Identical permissions to guest, but is an assignable role.
GraderGraders can grade students, participate in the class, and moderate student content, but may not alter activities.NoneStudent,Guest

TutorTutors can see course content (including hidden items) but have no access to student data. They do not participate in courses.None

Accessibility SpecialistAccessibility 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

AdvisorAdvisors 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 EditorContent editors can do anything an instructor can do. They usually do not participate in courses.Same as instructorSame as instructor
Content Editor, no gradesThis 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:
  • Student-created glossary entries are visible, including the contributor's name.
  • i>Clicker block registrations are visible, if used in the class.

Keywords:moodle, roles, description   Doc ID:30472
Owner:Erica H.Group:Moodle
Created:2013-06-03 12:48 CDTUpdated:2018-03-05 17:56 CDT
Sites:DoIT Help Desk, Moodle
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