Manage Course Assistants

Granting Access to Course Assistants (Adding a TA)

Only the Instructor can grant access to Course Assistants. To do so,

  1. Under the left Course Management menu, expand the Course Tools menu.
  2. Select Manage Course Assistants.
  3. Select Add Course Assistants and follow the instructions to add Course Builders, Graders, or Teaching Assistants to your course. You can either search for a user, or enter their username (i.e., UNM NetID) directly.

To remove a  Course Assistant that has already been added, contact UNM Learn Support. Please provide details on which course you'd like them removed from (e.g., subject, course number, section number, and term) and the name and NetID of the assistant you'd like to remove.

To view the list of users in your course,

  1. Under the left Course Management menu, expand the Users and Groups menu.
  2. Select Users.

Course Assistant Roles and Privileges

There are three roles available for course assistants in Learn: Teaching Assistant, Course Builder, and Grader.

The Teaching Assistant role has almost the same privileges as the Instructor. The only differences are:

  • Only the Instructor is listed as the Instructor on the course list that appears when a student logs in to Learn.
  • Only the Instructor can add Course Assistants to the course.
  • The assigned Instructor is added to the course automatically via Learn's integration with Banner, while Teaching Assistants must be added manually.

Other than the exceptions listed above, Teaching Assistants can do everything the instructor can do, including:

  • Add, modify, and delete content.
  • Access private student data such as submitted assignments, quiz/test results, discussion postings, and the grade book.
  • View and modify student grades.
  • Edit Anonymous Grading Options (Show student names on submissions) and reconcile grades.
  • Access course reporting, including reporting data regarding student, instructor, and course assistant activities.
  • Access the Performance Dashboard.
  • Communicate with section participants, including instructors, students, and other course assistants.
  • Manage student groups.
  • Access all areas of the Control Panel.
  • Manage course tool availability and access all tools in the course, including the Student View tool.
  • Customize the course look and feel.
  • Export/archive course content and copy course content into other courses.

The Course Builder role is more limited, and is used for someone who will be adding content to the course, but will not be doing any grading nor require access to the grade book. The Course Builder can add content including files, tests, assignments, etc; can modify the left course menu; can access and use communication tools (e.g., discussion board, email, messages, announcements); can create calendar entries; can create grading rubrics; and can access the Student View of the course. The Course Builder role has access to the following areas in the Control Panel:

  • Content Collection (course files)
  • Course Tools
  • Users and Groups (including group creation and add members)
  • Customization
  • Packages and Utilities (including course copy and export/import content)

The Grader role is also more limited, and is used for someone who will primarily be grading student submissions (assignments, test, discussion postings, etc) and interacting with the grade book. The Grader role can also access and use communication tools (e.g., discussion board, email, messages, announcements), can create and modify test questions (but not deploy tests nor modify test options), and can access the Student View of the course. The Grader role has access to the following areas in the Control Panel:

  • Course Tools
  • Grade Center
  • Retention Center (under Evaluation)