New Role in Canvas: Peer Instructor
Many faculty have requested a way to add undergraduate teaching assistants, or peer instructors, to their Canvas course so they may interact with students. Although we have a TA role in Canvas, it isn’t suitable for these peer instructors as they could see student grades/submissions. This new role allows you to add a peer instructor to the course who can help message students, message groups, and post to discussion boards. To add a PI into your course, follow the help for adding a TA, but choose “Peer Instructor” instead of “TA.”
Peer Instructor Permissions
Peer Instructors have additional abilities over observers, including the ability to:
- Message the entire course using the conversations tool
- View and post to discussion boards
- View the students in the course and the student groups
- Create student collaborations
Peer instructors cannot view student submissions, grade assignments, or view the gradebook. A full list of permissions is available on the Canvas Roles page.
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Last modified: September 10, 2018