At times, a faculty member may desire to have a guest expert access a Blackboard course to participate in discussion or to share resources. TAs may also be added to a course and afforded access to faculty member-level features of the course. In addition, faculty may want to view a course from a student's perspective and can request a pseudo-student account to be added to the Blackboard course.
A Blackboard user is anyone using Blackboard, whether she/he is teaching staff, students, or administrative staff. There are seven types of users:
Once a faculty member requests a scheduled section, registered students will automatically be added to Blackboard courses; updates to the roster will appear daily and will be synchronized with Records and Registration data.
Users should only be manually enrolled if they are not registered students in the course, like a teaching assistant, another faculty member, or an interpreter. To enroll users manually:
The role of a Guest can be added by course faculty members to allow a user to have limited access to course materials. Guest users can only see the areas faculty members allow them to see, and certain secure content, such as the Grade Center, can never be accessed by guest users.
Observers are users who are assigned to specific students and monitor their progress in courses. Observers are created and assigned students by an Administrator. Faculty members control whether Observers can access their course and what content and tools the Observer can view.
Guests: Guests are defined as users in a course who do not directly participate in its activities. Faculty can allow or disallow Guests access to courses by default.
Observers: Observers are defined as users in a course who do not directly participate in its activities, but who follow the actions of one or more student users enrolled in the course.
Last updated: 04/28/2015