How do I limit a user to only view other users in the same course section?

Canvas recently introduced a new page design called the New Canvas User Interface (UI). Depending on your Canvas view, your page design may vary from the images shown in this lesson. However, the functionality and location of the components remain the same.

You can limit users to only see other users who are enrolled in the same section of a course. You can set limitations when adding a student to the course manually, or after they have already been added to the course.

Limiting students to interact by section only affects Collaborations, Chat, People, and Conversations. When enrolling instructors and TAs, section limitations allow those users to grade students in their same section(s). Discussion topics and Pages are not affected by section limitations and can be viewed by any student. These feature areas could be restricted by creating content in course groups. However, course groups cannot be organized by section and would have to be created manually.

Open People

Open People

In Course Navigation, click the People link.

Add New User

Add New User

To limit a section enrollment when adding a new user, click the Add People button.

Open Existing User

Open Existing User

For existing users, click the name of the user [1].

In high-enrollment courses, you can more easily find a single user by searching in the search bar [2] or filtering by role in the Role drop-down menu [3].

Limit User

Limit User

Click the Limit this user to only see fellow section users link.

View Details

View Details

Verify the user can only view students in their section.

Note: If you want to allow the student to view students in any course section again, click the let this user see all course users link.