Enrolling a Guest

Enrolling an External (Non-USC) User as a Guest

To protect our students’ and professors’ privacy, you cannot enroll someone who is not affiliated with USC as a guest in your Blackboard courses.  However, USC does offer a mechanism for you to request that an external user be added to your Blackboard course as a co-instructor.  For more information, please read Enrolling an External User through IVIP.

Enrolling a USC User as a Guest

While Blackboard used to have a “guest” role, that role was a misnomer.  The guest role did not let guests “sit in” on your course and see what your students saw. In fact, by default, users with the role of “guest” could only access your course’s Announcements and Calendar … and nothing else.

Since the goal of most instructors who want to have guests in their Blackboard course is to let those guests have the same experience as a registered student, we recommend that you ask the student to “officially” audit the class.


Additional Assistance:

  • Call our Blackboard Help line 24 hours a day, every day at (213) 740-5555 and choose option 2.
  • Faculty can request help and training from USC’s Enterprise Learning Technologies group by submitting a request to blackboard@usc.edu.