Starting Spring 2018, students that drop a course in SURF after the semester has started remain on the People roster in Canvas, but with an inactive role. Students in the inactive role do not see or have access to the Canvas course, but faculty may access activities and grades of an inactive student. This is particularly helpful when a student grade is challenged or if a faculty member is evaluating whether a dropped student is eligible to be reinstated to a course.
Within the People roster on Canvas, students that have dropped will have the inactive tag displayed to the right of their name. This identifier will remain next to the student’s name throughout the course unless the student is reinstated to the course. Click the student’s name to access additional information about the student and review the student’s completed activities.
You cannot hide inactive students in the People roster.
You can enter one user at a time. Example: jjulius
Or multiples with a comma and space between each. Example: jjulius, mparks
Select the appropriate role for the user.
Available role options are TA, Teacher, Designer, and Observer (see below for details on these options)
Click the Next button
Some IDs may already be used in Canvas at other colleges. If you get a prompt about this, select the ID that is associated with MiraCosta College.
Click the Add Users button
Course Roles Explained
Note: None of the following should be used for evaluators, tutors, SI leaders, or community education students. See separate instructions if you need to add any of those.
Teaching Assistant (TA) Role
Primary use: TAs assigned to a specific class to help the instructor.
Permissions: TAs have permissions equivalent to the Teacher role. They have all course-level permissions, including the ability to add, edit and delete all content in a course; grade students; edit course settings; and manually add individuals with active Canvas user accounts.
Please DO NOT use this role. Teachers are assigned automatically based on SURF.
Primary use: Department staff, content providers, and other instructional support staff.
Permissions: Create course content, discussions, announcements, assignments, quizzes, and other content features.
Limitations: Designers cannot add other individuals to a course and cannot access grades.
Primary use: Mentors, advisors, and others who need to monitor a student in a course. This is not for course evaluation.
Permissions: Observers have access to view course content.
Limitations: Observers have no permissions to edit or participate in course activities.
All class sections scheduled for the spring semester now are available in Canvas where you can begin to work and build! If you expected a class to be set up for you, but aren’t seeing it in Canvas, check SURF to make sure the class is in the schedule and assigned to you.
Remember, this spring is the final semester in which Blackboard and Moodle are options for teaching at MiraCosta. Blackboard classes for spring will NOT be automatically created – any faculty wanting to use Blackboard this spring must make a request using the Online Ed support request form.
Jim Julius, Ed.D.
Faculty Director, Online Education
By default the Grades tool will display all users in the roles Student, Sample Student, Tutor, Evaluator, and WC SI Leader in your Canvas course. This can make grading difficult as the additional roles will mix in alphabetically with your SURF Enrolled students.
For ease of grading, you can filter your grade book to only display SURF enrolled students.
From within Canvas:
Click on Grades
Select the Showing All Sections button.
Select the section number that ends in -SURF
To display only users in the roles Sample Student, Tutor, Evaluator, and WC SI Leader
Select the section number that end in -OTHER to view only non-SURF enrollment types.
To display all users together in Grades
Select All Sections to view all enrollment types in the Grades sheet.