NovoEd provides the opportunity to assign learners a unique role that will be displayed whenever the individual interacts with the course, whether it is posting on a forum or commenting on an assignment. Learner roles can be especially effective to invite back successful students as community TAs or when provided to students who stand out to intentionally initiate more interaction with their peers. When thinking about learner roles, consider how a person will be viewed differently when provided with a different role title.
Learner roles (roles without added permissions) are defined at the Org Admin level, and can be assigned to any learner at the course level. The role title and badge will be visible next to the learner's name when they participate in discussions, comment on an assignment, and on their course profile. Although a learner role does not provide any new platform privileges, it is often used as a source of recognition and distinction.
Here are 3 ways roles/badges will appear in the course:
Comments on a discussion thread
In the Learner Directory
On the Profile
- Modeling and promoting social interaction
- Rewarding success and engagement
Examples of Custom Roles
- Alumni Mentor/Coach
- You can invite content experts, or mentors, to give students advice and to help expand the students’ network. Mentors enroll in the class as students, but you can give them a learner role. Mentors are then can then be put into or join groups with the learners they are giving advice. They do not have the same privileges as students and are not permitted to submit assignments
- Course Champions or Course Catalysts
- Course catalysts can play the role as teaching assistants, providing students feedback and answering learners' questions.
- Course catalysts are sometimes past course participants who are interested in continuing their engagement with the course.
- Community Catalysts
- Community catalysts function as community builders on the course. Their presence is meant to increase a sense of belonging to course identity, and to maintain the morale of the course learners, as higher sense of both have been shown to lead to higher engagement in the course.
- Specific responsibilities can include posting notes of encouragement on discussion pages/personal messages, coordinating team dynamic issues with teams who have raised concerns.
A great resource on creating a Course Champion Program can be found in our Tips and Resources article.
How Can I Assign Learner Roles?
- See our article how to assign learner roles.