The Observer role in Canvas can be used for auditors and guests who would like to view a Canvas course without receiving credit. During the Add/Drop period, students can view course sites through myCourses. If a Canvas course is selected, the student will be added as an Observer for 24 hours.*
*Students added as an Observer during the Add/drop period are automatically removed within 24 hours after they access the course. They are listed on the People page with the role “Observing:nobody”.
Once added to a course in Canvas, Observers can view certain aspects of the course but cannot fully participate. Basically, Observers can view and download course content, but can’t post or submit content.
- View the recent activity dashboard
- Read Announcements
- Read Discussions
- View the Assignments page
- Preview and Download unlocked files from the Files tool
- View the Syllabus page
- View the Modules page
- View the Quizzes page
- View the Course Calendar
- Submit Assignments
- Take Quizzes
- Comment on Announcements
- Reply to Discussions
For a more extensive list on what Observers can and cannot do, please visit this Canvas Guide.