Roles control what one can and can't do within particular areas of a Moodle. Roles are also what powers PRISM's student administration panel, allowing teachers to enter their students as members of a course and still comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA). While COPPA applies to children under 13, PRISM shields student information for all K-12 hidden student members. (Note that K-12 students may not establish full PRISM accounts.)
Roles currently available in PRISM's installation of Moodle include "Teacher, Non-editing teacher, and Student." The "Guest" is also available, but it is currently disabled on PRISM due to FERPA laws. The Parent role allows teachers to give access to their course via the parents' hidden student member.
The primary way to access the roles function is via the 'Enrolled users' link in the Administration block in a course where you have teacher rights. Click the 'Enrolled users' link.
The Enrolled users page will now display:
For example, if you want to enroll another teacher at your school in your course so both of you can access and update the course contents, click the 'Enroll users' button.
In the screenshot above, note the Assign role drop down menu. By default it is set to 'Student'. Change it to 'Teacher' to give the person full permissions in your course.
*Note that the default assign role will be set to "Student"*
Now, use the search box to search for the user.
The system found the Tom Brady account. Once you select the name you will see it listed:
Now, you should see the page refresh and see Tom Brady listed as a Teacher in the course:
To remove a user, simply click the trash can icon next to the listed role. To remove a teacher's role, simply click the edit pencil next to the Teacher text in the Role category. You will see the role listed in a blue tag. Click the X next to the tag label and it will remove that role only (but NOT completely unenroll them from the course). You can also use the search box that appears to add a different role (for example, student).
Here are the Roles that are available:
- Teacher - This role is the same as you have as the creator of the course. The rights granted include changing course settings, adding and deleting members, roles, activities, and resources. With teacher rights, one is a system administrator within that course. You might wish to add a fellow teacher to your course with this role when both of you are sharing the task of course creation or co-teaching the course.
- Non-editing Teacher - A non-editing teacher can see everything in a course, but cannot create or edit content.
- Student - A student is a member of a course. K-12 students should be added as members of a course via the Student Administration block. Students may access and complete assignments, quizzes, and other activities added by the teacher.
- Manager: This role is a special website role that allows PRISM administrators to visit courses and provide technical support. Giving another user this role in your course will do nothing.