Administrator and Staff Roles in Lt

There are a number of default administrator and staff roles in Lt, with various levels of permissions. Below are summaries of each role, followed by a table that highlights the specific permissions of each.

Administrator Roles

These roles are created within the Instance Administration area, accessible only to Instance Administrators and are the only two roles that can create courses.

Instance Administrators have the highest level of access to Lt and is the only role that can access the Instance Administration area. Instance Administrators can view and edit all courses, content, settings, staff, and student accounts, work, and grades. Multiple Instance Administrators can be invited to a single instance, though it is recommended that the number is limited to those that need access to the Instance Administration. In most situations, staff will only need access to courses and so can be invited as course administrators, to create courses; and for courses they don’t directly administrate,  granted appropriate access to courses as required.

Who might best suit this role:

  • IT
  • Teaching and learning specialists
  • Primary Lt users, e.g. programme coordinators
  • Head of the faculty, school, or department

Course Administrators have the ability to create new courses from scratch, as well as manage, delete, or restore courses that have been assigned to them. Each course can be assigned a single Course Administrator. This individual can customize the course settings (including example data, grading workflows, and report configurations), manage staff and student accounts, and oversee the publishing of content. (Important note: Course Administrators can not automatically see all of the courses and content in an Instance. They only have access to courses which they have created, been assigned or invited to, as well as those specifically marked as having no administrator.)

Who might best suit this role:

  • Course coordinators
  • Lab managers or administrators


Staff Roles

Except for Instance Administrators who can view and edit all courses by default, Course Administrators and Staff Roles are course-specific. For example, a Course Administrator may have created their own course but is also invited as a Deputy Course Administrator in two other courses in which they teach into. 

Deputy Course Administrators can configure course settings, manage staff and students, import, create, and edit lessons, and grade students' work within courses they have been invited to. The permissions in this role are similar to the Course Administration role, however Deputy Course Admins cannot create, delete, or restore courses. There can be multiple Deputy Course Administrators in a single course. 

Who might best suit this role:

  • Additional lab managers/administrators
  • Teaching staff who need highest level of access within a course

Authors can import, create, and edit lessons and modules within the courses they have been invited to. The lessons created by Authors belong to the course, not the Author.

Who might best suit this role:

  • Teaching staff who create or edit content

Graders have access to the Grading interface and are able to grade and provide feedback on students' work. This role is also appropriate for staff who do not need to author or edit lessons, but need or want to see the content (using Student View).

Who might best suit this role:

  • Teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Lab demonstrators

If the default administrator and staff roles in Lt do not meet the your needs, an Instance Administrator can create new roles under Instance Administration > Roles and Permissions. Here, the Instance Administrator can edit and create new roles with any combination of four key permissions detailed in the table below.

Who might best suit this role:

  • Teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Lab demonstrators



 Instance AdministratorCourse AdministratorDeputy Course AdministratorAuthorGrader
Invite course administrators    
Create new roles    
Create new courses   
Delete and restore courses   
Configure report settings  
Invite staff  
Invite students  
Manage staff  
Manage students  
Publish and unpublish lessons  
Create new lessons 
Edit lessons 
Import and export lessons 
Access 'Student View'
Grade lessons 



The following table explains the various permissions in Lt.


 Manage Course Settings and Content AvailabilityManage Student AccountsEdit Lessons and ModulesGrade Lessons
Add and remove staff to a course   
Publish and unpublish lessons and modules   
Grant extensions   
Reset student progress in a lesson   
Commit student lessons   
Set content availability   
Change course name   
Add and remove students in a course   
Import students   
Edit student personal details   
Export student list   
Create and edit lessons and modules   
Upload instructor material   
Copy lessons to other courses   
Grade lessons and provide feedback to students   
Make grades available to students   
Export student answers  
Export student grades