Manage Users Tool

Course Tool that Empowers Instructors of Record to Add Additional Instructors, Course Builders, Graders and TAs to Their Blackboard Courses

Adding non-student users to your course(s) is now user friendly. This tool allows the instructor to add additional instructors, course builders, graders and TAs to their Blackboard courses.

  • Instructors can add any active user in Blackboard other than currently enrolled users
  • Instructors can NOT add users with the role of student
  • Instructors cannot modify user roles once the user has been added to the course
  • Instructors cannot remove users once the user has been added to the course
  • List users function adds filters and printable option for the class roster

How to Add a User to a Blackboard Course

  1. Control Panel In your Blackboard course expand the Course Tools found in the Course Management area and select Manage Users
  2. Select Add Users by RoleManageUsers.png
  3. Enter the Username(s) (ex. aryate01) for the user you wish to add (and proceed to step 4.)AddUsersbyRole.png
    1. Or enter search criteria into the search area located at the top of the window. You can search by last name or other search criteria if the Username(s) is/are unknown.
    2. Select GO when you have entered your search criteria. The Select Users window will open with the search criteria you entered.
    3. Select the user(s) and press Submit. The Add Users by Role window will open with the username(s) in the textfield.
  4. Choose the Course Role and Submit.

Course roles include (see descriptions below):

Descriptions of all Course Roles

Course roles information courtesy of Blackboard Inc.

Course Builder

The course builder role has access to most areas of the Control Panel. This role is appropriate for a user to manage the course without having access to student grades. A course builder can still access the course if the course is unavailable to students. A course builder cannot delete an instructor from a course.

Course builders have access to the areas of the Control Panel in the following list. The tools and functions within each area can vary depending on the course customization. The instructor can also limit the availability of certain tools and functions.

  • Course files
  • Content Collection
  • Course tools
  • Users and groups
  • Customization
  • Packages and utilities
  • Help

Grader

A grader assists the instructor in the creation, management, delivery, and grading of items, such as tests and discussion board posts. A grader also assists the instructor with managing the Grade Center. A grader cannot access a course if it is unavailable to students.

Graders have access to the areas of the Control Panel in the following list. The instructor can also limit the availability of certain tools and functions.

  • Course files
  • Content Collection
  • Course tools
  • Evaluation
  • Grade Center
  • Packages and utilities (limited access)
  • Help

Instructor

Instructors have access to all areas in the Control Panel. This role is generally given to those developing, teaching, or facilitating the class. Instructors may access a course that is unavailable to students.

Instructors can access to the following features of the Control Panel:

  • List users
  • Create user
  • Delete users
  • Enroll users
  • Settings
  • Import
  • Export
  • Archive

Teaching Assistant

The teaching assistant (or TA) role is that of a co-teacher. Teaching assistants are able to administer all areas of a course. Their only limitations are those imposed by the instructor. A teaching assistant cannot delete an instructor from a course.

Teaching assistants have access to most all tools and features in the Control Panel.

Even if the course is unavailable to students, teaching assistants still have access to the course. Teaching assistants are not listed in the Course Catalog listing for the course.


Although you are encouraged to manage your course enrollments using the new Manage Users Tool, you are welcome to complete the Add User to Course form. The Delphi Center can add a user or multiple users to your course, however we will not add users to courses with the role of Student.

Please note, only the official instructor of record can make this request. Requests are normally processed within the next business day.

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