Assigning Discussion Forum Roles

Each user in the forum has a forum role and may only have one role per forum. Course instructors automatically have the role of Manager and students have the role of Participant. Forum roles can be assigned to limit access to a forum or to help with forum
administration.

  1. Click the forum’s Action Link [the button with the two downward-facing chevrons] to access the contextual menu.
  2. Select Manage.
  3. Click the Action Link [the button with the two downward-facing chevrons]for a particular user.
  4. On the contextual menu, select the user’s role.

To limit a user’s access to a forum, assign the Reader or Block user from forum role. The roles and their permissions are listed in the table below.

Role Permissions
Participant Participant can read and reply to posts.
Users with a course role of “Student” are granted this role by default.
Reader Reader can read the contents of a forum, but cannot post responses of add threads.
Block user from forum A blocked user cannot access the forum.

To assist with forum administration, assign users any of the following roles and permissions listed in the table below.

Manager The Manager has full control over the forum and can change the forum settings moderate posts, and assign grades.
Users with a course role of Instructor of Teaching Assistant are granted this role by default.
Builder The Builder can change the forum’s settings and delete threads.
Moderator The Moderator can delete, edit, and lock all posts in any forum, even if the forum does not use the Moderation Queue.
If a Moderation Queue is used, the Moderator may approve or reject posts in the queue before they are made available to all users.
Grader Grader can read and reply to posts.
Grader can review posts and enter grades.
Users with a course role of Grader are granted this forum role by default. They have some access to Grade Center. Graders may not view their own work.