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LMS to Echo360 User Role Mappings
Last Updated: Aug 08, 2019 01:00PM EDT

This article applies to:  Echo360 Admins

Teaching Assistants are Still Mapped as Instructors: While Echo360 has added the Teaching Assistant Role, we have not yet updated our LMS-to-Echo360 role mapping; Teaching Assistants are brought into Echo360 sections as Instructors. Once we have addressed this mapping, this note will be removed.

Echo360 contains five user roles: Admin, Scheduler, Instructor, Teaching Assistant, and Student. Most LMS contain many more than that, especially with respect to teaching and learning roles. So when a user passes through the LMS into Echo360, we have to figure out what kind of user it is, and assign a role and feature access accordingly.

While this sounds reasonably straightforward, and in most cases it is, there are some LMS roles that aren't quite so easily pigeonholed into one of the available Echo360 roles. For example a Teaching Assistant is a student at the institution, but also has instructor responsibilities. 

We have wrestled with this question and determined the below mappings to be appropriate for each LMS. So that you can understand our reasoning for the mappings, we have also included the "role string" sent to Echo360 from the LMS for each role. These strings helped us define the job of the LMS role so we could more accurately map it to Echo360.

We have been purposely conservative in our role mappings in order to avoid accidental user over-permissioning. For this reason, we have also mapped Admin LMS roles to Instructor roles in Echo360, as we are confident any LMS admin will know to access Echo360 directly (not through the LMS) should they need to perform administration tasks.

Edit user roles as needed. Keep in mind that Echo360 users can have multiple roles. A teaching assistant, for example, could have both an instructor and student role, and will see different courses and different functionality depending on the role they select to view. To assign different or multiple roles to a user, see Editing Users. To change the user-role you are currently logged in as, see Logging in Under a Different Institution or Role.

BlackBoard to Echo360 role mapping

The following table lists each user role in BlackBoard and its corresponding role in Echo360.

BlackBoard Role Echo360 Role Role string sent in request to Echo360
Course Builder Instructor urn:lti:role:ims/lis/ContentDeveloper
Evaluator Instructor urn:lti:role:ims/lis/TeachingAssistant/Grader
Instructor Instructor urn:lti:role:ims/lis/Instructor
Teaching Assistant Instructor urn:lti:role:ims/lis/TeachingAssistant
Learner Student urn:lti:role:ims/lis/Learner
Guest Student urn:lti:role:ims/lis/Learner/GuestLearner
 

Canvas to Echo360 role mapping

The following table lists each user role in Canvas and its corresponding role in Echo360.

Canvas Role Echo360 Role Role string sent in request to Echo360
Instructor Instructor urn:lti:role:ims/lis/Instructor
Teaching Assistant Instructor urn:lti:role:ims/lis/TeachingAssistant
Designer Instructor urn:lti:role:ims/lis/ContentDeveloper
observer Student urn:lti:instrole:ims/lis/Observer
Student Student urn:lti:role:ims/lis/Learner
Admin Instructor urn:lti:instrole:ims/lis/Administrator


Moodle to Echo360 role mapping

The following table lists each user role in Moodle and its corresponding role in Echo360.

Moodle Role Echo360 Role Role string sent in request to Echo360
Manager Instructor urn:lti:role:ims/lis/Instructor
Teacher Instructor urn:lti:role:ims/lis/Instructor
Non-editing teacher Instructor urn:lti:role:ims/lis/Instructor
Course creator Student urn:lti:role:ims/lis/Learner
Student Student urn:lti:role:ims/lis/Learner
System administrator Instructor urn:lti:sysrole:ims/lis/Administrator
 

Desire2Learn/BrightSpace to Echo360 role mapping

The following table lists each user role in D2L and its corresponding role in Echo360.

D2L Role Echo360 Role Role string sent in request to Echo360
Instructor Instructor urn:lti:instrole:ims/lis/Instructor
Faculty Instructor urn:lti:instrole:ims/lis/Faculty
Student Student urn:lti:instrole:ims/lis/Student
Learner Student urn:lti:instrole:ims/lis/Learner
Member Student urn:lti:instrole:ims/lis/Member
Administrator    Instructor urn:lti:instrole:ims/lis/Administrator
 

Sakai to Echo360 role mapping

The following table lists each user role in Sakai and its corresponding role in Echo360.

Sakai Role Echo360 Role Role string sent in request to Echo360
Instructor Instructor urn:lti:role:ims/lis/Instructor
Instructor > Student view Student urn:lti:role:ims/lis/Learner
Instructor > Teaching Assistant view Student urn:lti:role:ims/lis/Learner
Teaching Assistant Student urn:lti:role:ims/lis/Learner
Student Student urn:lti:role:ims/lis/Learner
Admin Instructor urn:lti:sysrole:ims/lis/Administrator

 
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