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Course Roles

Privileges in Blackboard are associated with user roles. Those roles ultimately determine the access users have to view and/or manage content in Blackboard.


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 access a course that is unavailable to students. Instructors may also:

  • List users
  • Adjust Settings
  • Import
  • Export
  • Archive

Teaching Assistant:

The teaching assistant (or TA) role is that of a co-teacher. Teaching assistants are able to administer all areas of a course. Teaching assistants have access to most all tools and features in the Control Panel. Even if the course is unavailable to students, teaching assistants still have access to the course.

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 . A course builder can still access the course if the course is unavailable to students. Course Builders also have access to the following areas of the Control Panel:

  • Course Files
  • Content Collection
  • Course Tools
  • Users and groups
  • Customization
  • Packages and utilities
  • Help


A grader assists the instructor in the creation, management, delivery, and grading of items, such as tests and discussion board posts. A grader also assists the instructor with managing the Grade Center. A grader cannot access a course if it is unavailable to students.

Graders have access to the areas of the Control Panel in the following list.

  • Course files
  • Content Collection
  • Course tools
  • Evaluation
  • Grade Center Packages and utilities (limited access)
  • Help


Student is the default course role. Students have no access to the Control Panel. Students cannot see the course if it is unavailable.

This information was taken directly from the Blackboard Course Roles web page, with modifications made to reflect SIUE system customizations.

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