How to Add a User to Your Course

There are several user roles that can be added to your Blackboard course. For example, you may have a teaching assistant who will be entering grades or a guest who will be viewing course materials. Typically, course enrollments are controlled by Banner, but if you need to add another user to your course as a teaching assistant, course builder, etc. you can do so on the Class Dashboard.

Important items about adding users to a for-credit course:
  • Student Role - Students are only enrolled in courses via registration and the synchronization between Banner and Blackboard.
  • Instructor Role - Instructors can only be added via Banner. If you are not seeing the courses you believe you are assigned to teach on the Class Dashboard you should contact your department.
  • Teaching Assistant Role - This role is for assigned graduate/teaching assistants only. Users with this role can see and manage user grades.
  • Grader Role - This role has access to all Assessments in the course and the Full Grade Center.
  • Course Builder Role - This role is for anyone who needs access to course content, such as another faculty member you want to share content with. This role gives users permission to view and edit course content but does not give any access to student data or grades.
  • Course Copy Role - This role is for anyone who needs access to copy a course, such as another faculty member you want to share your content with. This role gives users access to view course content and permission to view the Control Panel and make a copy or export of the course.
  • Guest Role - This role gives access to course content areas, but not course tools such as the discussion board or journals. In addition to adding the user with this role, you must also enable guest access in your course.

See Course Roles to determine the level of access for the user you want to add.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to Add a User to Your Course

Please Note: Instructors can only add users to a current or future semester course using the Class Dashboard. If you need to add a user to a past semester course, please submit a request for help.
  1. To add a user to a Blackboard course, access the Class Dashboard link on the Faculty Schedule & Assignments card in My Missouri State.
    Accessing Class Dashboard from Faculty Schedule & Assignments card
  2. Select Blackboard as your Option.
    From the Option drop-down menu select Blackboard.
  3. Select the term, view my classes, then select Submit Search
    Click submit search to view your blackboard classes.
  4. You should have already requested your Blackboard course(s). On the Blackboard Options page, select the Blackboard Classes tab.
    Select the Blackboard Class you would like to add a role to.
  5. Select the checkbox next to the course you want to add the user to, then click the Manage Roles for Selected Class button.
    Adding a user to your blackboard course options menu.
  6. On the pop-up box, select Assign.
    Click on Assign
  7. Type the user’s name or M-Number (M#) to search for them. Click the correct user name.
    Enter the M# or type in the person's name.
  8. Select a role for the user. See Course Roles for more information about each role.
    Manage Roles menus showing course roles list
  9. If the user and role are correct, click Submit.
    click submit to complete the roll assigning process.
  10. You will see a green success message that the user has been added to the course with the selected role.
    Confirmation message.

How to Remove a User from Your Course

If you need to remove a user that you have previously added to a course, you can do so easily on the Class Dashboard.

  1. Follow Steps 1-5 above.
  2. After selecting the Manage Roles for Selected Course button, click Remove on the pop-up box.
    Click on the button to remove a role.
  3. Select the check box next to the name of the user you want to remove, then click Submit.
    Click the checkbox next to the role and select submit.
  4. You will see a green success message that the user's role has been disabled.
    Confirmation message.
Please Note: 
You can only remove users that were previously added via the Class Dashboard. You cannot remove instructors or students from the course or any user that has been manually added by an administrator.

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