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Canvas: add people to a Canvas site

Posted at 2:56 p.m. Dec. 18, 2019, by in Canvas, Getting Started

Course sites are accessible to a certain group of people, in most cases. For a course site, one professor is given a “teacher” role and the students on the official class roster are given “student” roles. A couple of notes:

  • If a student adds a class with the registrar, they should get access to the linked Canvas site sometime in the mid-morning of the next day
  • Ditto when a student will lose access to a Canvas site after dropping the class
  • Sometimes you may need to add a student, or a co-teacher, or a TA to your Canvas course site:

Add a person to a Canvas site

  1. You will need the person’s Rutgers NetID
    • to find a person’s NetID, you can ask them or if you’re stuck, ask us (IDT: 856 225 6090 or… we are fighting to get a look-up tool accessible from Canvas
  2. Now, go into your Canvas site and click People from the left-hand menu
  3. Click on the +People button from the top right of the page
  4. From Add user by, select “Login ID”
  5. Enter the NetID in the text box provided (to add multiple people, separate NetIDs with a comma or enter each on a new line)
  6. Choose the appropriate role (Learn more about different roles and their permissions here)
  7. If course site has multiple sections, you can limit the new user to a particular sections by clicking on the Section dropdown menu
  8. Click Next
  9. Confirm details, then click Add users

User not found

If you receive the message ‘We were unable to find matches below.’ when you attempt to add a user, please contact IDT ( to confirm the correct NetID and that the person has a Canvas account.

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