Desire2Learn: Roles + Permissions


1. Role: Educational Admin

This role is responsible at a high level for a specific college or program and the courses within that scope. Educational Administrators have read-only permissions to all course content and gradebooks under their branch of the org structure.

This is a cascading role, so users are automatically enrolled in all courses under their org structure. Initial enrollment is managed by the System Administrator.

2. Role: Program Faculty

This role is responsible for planning and instructing courses within a college or program. Program Faculty have view and add access to all course content under their branch of the org structure.

This is a cascading role, so users are automatically enrolled in all courses under their org structure.

Initial enrollment is managed by the System Administrator.

3. Role: Instructional Designer

This role is responsible for managing all content, learning activities, assessments, discussions, grades, etc. within a course offering and can “Switch Roles” to preview a course offering from the viewpoint of a student or instructor. The Instructional Designer role can adjust the course title for a course.

This is a cascading role, so users are automatically enrolled in all courses under their org structure.

Initial enrollment is managed by the System Administrator.

4. Role: Academic Assistant

This role is responsible for managing all content, learning activities, assessments, discussions, grades, etc. within a course offering and can “Switch Roles” to preview a course offering from the viewpoint of a student. This role also manages the classlist and can ensure appropriate access for identified roles.

This is a cascading role, so users are automatically enrolled in all courses under their org structure.

Initial enrollment is managed by the System Administrator.

5. Role: Instructor / Course Director

This role is responsible for managing all content, learning activities, assessments, discussions, grades, etc. within a course offering and can “Switch Roles” to preview a course offering from the viewpoint of a student.

Course Director(s) enrollment is managed by the integration with Colleague. Only users with the Course Director role will be able to export grades to Colleague at the end of the semester. Additional Instructors may be added to the course with the Instructor role by uses with Course Director/Instructor/Academic Assistant roles in the course.

6. Role: Lecturer

This role can add content to a course in which they are supporting, as well as view and enter student grades. They do not have the ability to edit exams or course settings. **Individuals who are Guest Lecturers from outside of DMU should not be granted permission to D2L courses. Their content can be sent to Academic Assistants and loaded to courses through their role.

Enrollment is managed by Academic Assistants.

7. Role: Lecturer - No Grades

This role can add content to a course in which they are supporting, but cannot view or enter student grades. They do not have the ability to edit exams or course settings. **Individuals who are Guest Lecturers from outside of DMU should not be granted permission to D2L courses. Their content can be sent to Academic Assistants and loaded to courses through their role.

Enrollment is managed by Academic Assistants.

8. Role: Teaching Assistant

This role is a modification of the base student role. A Student TA has access to the all content, learning activities, assessments, and discussions. A Teaching Assistant cannot manage content, or grade students and is unable to submit assignments or participate in exams.

Enrollment is managed by course Academic Assistants – Bulk Enrollment is available through the System Admin.

9. Role: Student Non-Credit

This role can view content, complete assessments, submit assignments, participate in discussions, and complete similar tasks that are required to finish a course. This role will be utilized to represent students who are not receiving credit for a course, but should be included in the course reports.

Enrollment is managed by Academic Assistants.

10. Role: Student Mock

This role can view content, complete assessments, submit assignments, participate in discussions, and complete similar tasks that are required to finish a course. This role will be utilized for a student that is participating in a course, but should NOT be included in the course reports. Student Mock can view courses outside the Start/End date restrictions for a course, but will not be able to see inactive courses.

Enrollment is managed by Academic Assistants.

11.Role: Student

This role can view content, complete assessments, submit assignments, participate in discussions, and complete similar tasks that are required to finish a course.

Enrollment is managed by the integration with Colleague.

12. Role: Staff

This role can view content, complete assessments, submit assignments, participate in discussions, and complete similar tasks that are required to finish a course. This role will be utilized for a staff members participating in employee training opportunities provided in D2L.

Enrollment is managed by the System Administrator through an initiated bulk enrollment.

13. Role: System Admin

This role is responsible for overall administration of the system, and has full access to the D2L environment, including the Configuration Variables, Org Unit management, and Roles and Permission management.

This is a cascading role, so users are automatically enrolled in all courses.

Initial enrollment is managed by the System Administrator.

14. Role: Help Desk

This role is responsible for providing technical assistance and trouble-shooting to D2L users. The Help Desk role has access to all users and org units in the D2L Learning Environment, and can impersonate select roles. It does not have access to the Org Unit Editor or Org Unit Manager.

This is a cascading role, so users are automatically enrolled in all courses.

Initial enrollment is managed by the System Administrator.

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