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Audience: Administrators

Managing Observers

An observer is a special type of user account that has view-only access to content. Parents can use observer accounts to view their children's course materials and to monitor their children's activities within courses. Academic advisors can use observer accounts to follow students on Blackboard Learn.

An observer can be assigned to one or more active users, and an active user can have one or more observers. An instructor can limit the content that observers can see for a particular course.

Observers cannot enroll in courses as students if they are observing another user in that course. If an observer wants to enroll in another course as a student, a new user account needs to be created for the student role.

Next Steps

To learn more about user management and security, see these topics:

About User Roles and Privileges

Customizing User Profiles and Information

Managing System Roles

Managing Course and Organization Roles

Managing Institution Roles