Roles and Permissions in the CLE

The CLE protects your privacy and allows only appropriate users to perform specific tasks.

When your user ID was created in the CLE, it was assigned an account type. This account type was associated with permissions to use specific tools to manage your My Workspace site in particular ways. For example, if you have a “maintain” account, you are permitted to create new sites; if you have a “student” account, you may edit sites but not create them; and if you have a “guest” account, you cannot edit or create sites.

Your account type is not the only thing that controls what you can and cannot do in the CLE. Your access to tools in group sites depends on your role in each of those sites. Each type of group site has a different set of roles, and each role is associated with permissions to use the tools on the site in various ways. When your user ID is added to a group site, it is assigned a role appropriate for your participation in the site. On one site, your role might be Instructor, and on another it might be Guest or Participant. Each role, in turn, has a different set of permissions that govern the tools you can access and how you may use them.

For example, drobinson, a user, is an administrator in My Workspace (each user is always the administrator of his or her My Workspace site). He is also an instructor in the English 100 course site, a guest in the Biology 101 course site, a site organizer in the Cognition Research project, a participant in the Soybean Research project, and a guest in the Music portfolio site. He acts in different roles on different sites. Permissions associated with each role determine the activities he can engage in on each site.

      As an administrator in My Workspace, drobinson can create and edit a site.

      As an instructor in the English 100 course site, he may add a student to the course by using a site editor tool and tailor the course site to meet the needs of him and his students.

      As a guest to the Music portfolio site, he can view ePortfolios and participate in online chat and discussion forums, and so on.  

Permissions are set up on a tool-by-tool basis. For more information on permissions for each tool, see the instructions for working with that tool.