Skip to end of metadata
Go to start of metadata

This page is no longer being updated. Please refer to the Knowledge Base to view the most updated information. 

Course Roles control access to the content and tools within a course. Each user is assigned a role for each course in which they participate. For example, a user with a role of Teaching Assistant in one course can have a role of Student in another course. Instructors and Students are enrolled automatically based on Banner assignments and registrations. Users with other course roles can be added to the course on the Class Dashboard. See How to Add a User to Your Course for instructions. 

Course Roles include:

Course Builder

The Course Builder role has access to most areas of the Control Panel. This role is appropriate for a user to manage the course without having access to student grades.

Course Builders have access to the following areas of the Control Panel:

  • Content Areas such as Information, Content, etc
  • Calendar
  • Contacts
  • Tasks
  • Settings
  • Import Course Cartridge
  • Import Package
  • Resources
  • Course Copy
  • Export Course
  • List Users
  • Discussion Boards
  • Send email
  • Collaboration
  • Manage Groups
  • Tests, Surveys, and Pools
  • Blogs, Journals, and Wikis

Course Builders do not have access to student data or the Grade Center.


The Grader role has limited access to the course Control PanelA Grader assists the Instructor in the creation, management, delivery, and grading of Assessments. A Grader also assists the Instructor with managing the Gradebook.

Graders have access to the following:

  • Announcements
  • Calendar
  • List of Users
  • Tests, Surveys, and Pools
  • Grade Center and views
  • Course Statistics


Users with the role of Guest have no access to the Control Panel. Individual areas within the course can be made available to Guests, but none are available by default.

Visitors such as prospective students, alumni or parents may be given the role of Guest. See How to Permit and Restrict Guest Access to Your Course and Content for more information.


Instructors have access to all areas in the Control Panel. This role is generally given to those developing, teaching or facilitating the class. Instructors may still access a course that is unavailable to Students.

The Instructor role is determined by the listed instructor(s) of record in Banner. All Instructors, primary or secondary, must be added via Banner.


Student is the default Course Role. Students have no access to any areas on the Control Panel. 

The Student role is determined by registration for a course within Banner. All students must register via Banner to be added to a Blackboard course.

Teaching Assistant

Teaching Assistants have access to most course features, including student data and the Grade Center. If the course is unavailable to Students, Teaching Assistants may still access the course. Teaching Assistants are not listed in the Course Catalog listing for the course.

Enrollment Manager

The Enrollment Manager option is a custom role created by Missouri State. Enrollment Managers can add and remove users from the course, as well as edit users’ roles in the course. This role is only used for non-credit courses in Blackboard, such as departmental course templates, departmental course sites, program sites, and campus organization sites. This role will not be granted to any user in a course with actively enrolled, credit-earning students.

Blackboard Community sites, also known as Organizations, are available for departments, programs, organizations, and individual users for purposes other than a credit course. The Organization Manager role is the equivalent of the Enrollment Manager role for courses.

For questions or comments, contact the Computer Services Help Desk