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What users can do in the SAS

Only registered SAS users can log in to and use the SAS. Which tasks they are able to perform depends on two things: their user role and the privileges granted to them by a Manager, Administrator or Supervisor.

User privileges

When you create (or edit) user accounts in the SAS, you are given the option of granting users the ability to perform certain tasks. (In other software applications, user privileges are sometimes called rights or permissions.) For example, by default, Supervisors have the ability to modify all their own personal login information (username, password, display name, email address, mailing address, etc.); create, manage and enroll Participants; create and manage Meetings; and upload user, contact, whiteboard, session plan and multimedia files.

The Manager can alter the system defaults for user privileges. Whatever the defaults are, they can be overridden on a case-by-case basis when new SAS user accounts are created.

In the example below, Supervisor-Jim’s Administrator (using the Supervisor Advanced Settings dialog) has taken away Supervisor-Jim’s privileges to manage Participants (including passwords) and upload user files. Jim can still modify his personal login information, create and manage meetings, enroll Participants in Courses and upload Contact, Whiteboard/Plan and Multimedia files.

A Note on Chair Privileges

The chair privilege gives users access to the full functionality of Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing, beyond the functions available to non-chair attendees. Chairs can perform the following tasks in Blackboard Collaborate sessions ( The available tasks will vary depending on which edition of Blackboard Collaborate you are using.):

Caution! Do not confuse the Moderator user role with the chair privilege.

The creator or owner of a session is automatically granted chair privileges for that session. However, sessions are often scheduled by users who will not be attending the sessions so chair privileges may be given to other users who will chair the sessions.

There is no requirement that a person with chair privileges be present in a Course, Drop-In or Meeting session. However, keep in mind that some Blackboard Collaborate features are not accessible to non-chair attendees. 

More than one registered SAS user can be given chair privileges for a single session:

Functions available to SAS user roles

The table below shows which default functions are available to the registered SAS user roles. The Manager or an Administrator may take away a user’s privileges to perform some of these default functions.

Table 1: SAS Functions Available to User Roles

  Manager Admin Super Mod Part

Create and manage users

 

 

 

 

 

Administrator

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Supervisor

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Moderators

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Participants

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Modify own profile

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Create and manage sessions

 

 

 

 

 

Courses

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Drop-Ins

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Meetings

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Enroll participants in courses

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View reports

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Upload/Preload

 

 

 

 

 

Courses

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Drop-Ins

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Users

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Contacts

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Whiteboard, session plan &
multimedia files

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Customize SAS Environment

 

 

 

 

 

Modify user and session defaults

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Create Drop-In password

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Create session types

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Create labels

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Create levels

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Create Cost Centers

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Manage file storage quota

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Customize emails

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Participate in sessions

 

 

 

 

 

Join sessions

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Play recordings

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