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

The table below gives an overview of the specific permissions in each role.

  Instance Administrator Course Administrator Deputy Course Administrator Author Grader
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 Availability Manage Student Accounts Edit Lessons and Modules Grade 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