Canvas Course Roles

You can add other Canvas users to a course, including paraprofessionals and special education co-teachers:

Special Education Co-Teachers
These folks should already have Canvas accounts, so adding them to a course should be pretty easy:

  1. Open the course in Canvas.
  2. Click People in the navigation column.
  3. Click the +People button.
  4. Switch “Add user(s) by” from the default “Email Address” to select “Login ID”
  5. Type in the dialog box the co-teacher’s username (usually the first part of their email address, so for Jane A. Doe her email address is probably DoeJA@bps-ok.org, so type “doeja”).
  6. Change the “Role” setting from the default “Student” to either:
    • “Paraprofessional” if you want them to have the same permissions as students in the course. 
    • "SpEd Co-Teacher" if you want to allow the co-teacher to grade and manage assignments, files, pages, make announcements, etc. 
    • Please avoid assigning them the "Teacher" role as that could have unintended consequences.
  7. Select the appropriate section of the course; the titles have suffixes like 2(A) -S1 or 10(A) - S2. The first part of that suffix matches what you see in PowerSchool when you take attendance...look to the left of the course title on the "Current Classes" screen. You can repeat this whole process if you need to add them to more than one section.
  8. Click Next.
  9. A confirmation screen will show if it picked up the appropriate person or not; if their name shows up correctly, etc. then click the “Add Users” button. If something is wrong, hit “Start Over” or “Cancel”.
Special Education Paraprofessionals
After they are added to a course, paraprofessionals have the same permissions that a student does in Canvas.

However, these folks may or may not have Canvas accounts already set up. Try adding them using their district email address username, and if that doesn't work, see step 9 below.

  1. Open the course in Canvas.
  2. Click People in the navigation column.
  3. Click the +People button.
  4. Switch “Add user(s) by” from the default “Email Address” to select “Login ID”
  5. Type in the dialog box the paraprofessional's username (usually the first part of their email address, so for Jane A. Doe her email address is probably DoeJA@bps-ok.org, so type “doeja”).
  6. Change the “Role” setting from the default “Student” to “Paraprofessional”.
  7. Select the appropriate section of the course; the titles have suffixes like 2(A) -S1 or 10(A) - S2. The first part of that suffix matches what you see in PowerSchool when you take attendance...look to the left of the course title on the "Current Classes" screen. You can repeat this whole process if you need to add them to more than one section.
  8. Click Next.
  9. A confirmation screen will show if it picked up the appropriate person or not; if their name shows up correctly, etc. then click the “Add Users” button. If something is wrong, hit “Cancel" and email Granger Meador with the paraprofessional's name and username so that he can manually add them to Canvas. After they are in Canvas, you will then be able to add them to your course.