How do I generate a pairing code for an observer as an instructor?
If your course supports self-enrollment and you also have the correct permissions from your administrator, you may be able to generate a pairing code that an observer can use to link to a student. For more information on pairing codes, view the Pairing Codes - Frequently Asked Questions PDF.
An observer can enter this pairing code in their User Settings Observing tab. Linked observers can can view and participate in certain elements of the student's Canvas courses.
Depending on permissions, you also may be able to link a student to an observer from the People page. Linking from the People page will only allow the observer to view information from the course where they were linked.
Note: Pairing codes can only be generated from the web version of Canvas. Pairing codes cannot be generated from the Canvas mobile apps.
In Course Navigation, click the People link.
Open User Details
Click the student's Options icon , then select the User Details link .
Pair with Observer
Click the Pair with Observer link.
Note: If you cannot view the Pair with Observer link, the permission to generate pairing codes has not been enabled for your role, or self-enrollment has not been enabled for your course.
Copy Pairing Code
Confirm the name of the student .
Copy the six-digit alphanumeric pairing code . You will need to share this code with the observer who will link to the student's account. The pairing code will expire after seven days or its first use.
To close the window, click the OK button .
Note: Pairing codes are case sensitive.
Export Pairing Codes
You can also export a list of new pairing codes for all students in your course. Click the Options icon , then select the Export Pairing Codes link . Canvas exports a CSV file with one pairing code for each student in your course.
View Pairing Codes
Locate and open the pairing codes CSV file on your computer. The CSV file displays the first and last name of each student, the student's pairing code, and the date and time at which the pairing code will expire.