What can Observers do in a Canvas course?
In Canvas, the Observer role can be used to enroll Parents, Mentors, and Guests who would like to participate in a Canvas course but do not need to earn course credit. Observers have limited permissions that allow them to see what is going on in a course without interrupting the flow of daily course communication. Like students, Observers cannot view a course until it is published and the course has started.
You can learn more about registration and observing your student in this video.
This lesson will take Observers through the Course Navigation links and summarize what kinds of activities they can and cannot participate in.
Observers Can See the User Dashboard
When they first log in, Observers will see the Global Stream in their User Dashboard.
Observers Can Read Announcements and Discussions
Observers Can See the Assignments Page
Observers Can't Submit Assignments
Observers Can Preview Documents in Course Pages
Observers can download documents to their computer and see the edit history for any course Page.
Observers Can Edit Some Pages
If the Instructor changes the permission of a Page so that Anyone can edit it, then Observers can contribute to course Pages.
Observers Can Preview and Download Some Files
Observers Can See the Syllabus Page
Observers can see the Syllabus page . They can also see how the final grade is calculated .
Observers Can See the Outcomes Page
Observers Cannot Take Quizzes
Observers Can See the Modules Page
Observers can see how an Instructor has organized course content in Modules. They can also see the point values for individual assignments. Again, Observers can click on any of these links, but they won't be able to participate in Discussions, submit Assignments, or take Quizzes.
Observers Can Join Conferences
Observers Can't Join Course Groups
Instructors and students can create groups inside of Canvas that make it easy to collaborate in smaller groups. Observers cannot be added to or interact inside of Groups.
Observers Can't See Grades
Observers Can See the Calendar
Observers can see all Assignments due on the Calendar, filter the calendar view by the different courses they are enrolled in, view undated events and assignments, and even grab an iCal feed from the global Calendar.
Observers Can Access Conversations
Observers can click on the Inbox link to access Conversations, but...
Observers Can't Send Messages to Students
Observers can send messages to only Instructors. They cannot send messages to Students in the course.
Observers Can't See Course Rosters
Observers will not be able to see the names of enrolled Students or their Registered Services (i.e. links to Facebook, LinkedIn, and other web services).
Observers Will Not be Able to Access Some Pages in Canvas
Course Navigation Links May be Modified
Observers Can't See Unpublished Courses
Like students, Observers cannot view a course until it is published and the course has started.