What can Observers do in a Canvas course?
In Canvas, the Observer role can be used to enroll Parents, Mentors, Auditors, 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.
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
Observers Can Read Announcements and Discussions
Observers can read student replies to course Announcements and Discussions and see student profile images (if available), but they cannot add their own comments.
Observers Can See the Assignments Page
Observers can see a list of Assignments due and click on their titles, but...
Observers Can't Submit Assignments
Observers Can Preview Documents in Course Pages
Observers Can Edit Some Pages
Observers Can Preview and Download Some Files
If an Instructor locks a folder in course Files, Observers will not be able to view the content.
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 Join Conferences
Once an Instructor has created a Conference, added an Observer, and started the meeting, Observers will be able to join in.
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'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).