Course Roster

The course roster lists all users in a course and their roles, including students, graders, TAs, and instructors. Instructors can use the roster to edit some course settings for other users. 

Instructors cannot add TAs in the Ultra Course View

As of January 1st, 2024, Blackboard has discontinued support for building block integrations, including the "Manage Users" tool formerly used to allow instructors to directly add/remove other instructors, TAs, course builders, or graders. ITS is working to implement a replacement user management tool and return this functionality to instructors as soon as possible. For the spring 2024 semester, all requests to add co-instructors, TAs, etc should be sent to help@syr.edu by an existing instructor. Please include in your request:

  • The course name and Blackboard number (i.e. FYS.101.M001.FALL22.First Year Seminar; 26597.1241)
  • The NetID of the user(s) to be added (i.e. tanders01)
  • The role requested (instructor, TA, course builder, or grader)

User add requests must come from an existing instructor. Blackboard admins will not process requests that come from TAs, department admins, unenrolled or guest instructors, etc. without the written consent of an enrolled instructor. 

Note that you cannot add students to your class as they are automatically added or dropped via the registrar.


Use the Roster link in the Details & Actions menu on the Course Content page to view your course enrollments.  Click View everyone in your course.

Change your view using the grid view or list view icon located in the upper left hand corner of the page.  The roster remains in the view you selected until you change it, even if you log out.

  • The Grid view is sorted automatically by role and then by last name. Roles appear in this order: instructors, teaching assistants, graders, course builders, and students. To manually sort the list, switch to list view.
  • List view is sorted by last name by default. Select the Name or Role headings to sort the contents.


In grid or list view, select the Search Roster icon (magnifying glass).  In the search box, type a name, username, or at least two letters to reveal matches. Any filters previously selected are cleared when you perform a new search.



The Roster Grid View

The Grid view is sorted automatically by role and then by last name. Roles appear in this order: instructors, teaching assistants, graders, course builders, and students. To manually sort the list, switch to list view.

Roles and Permissions

  • Instructor: The Instructor role has the highest level of privilege within a course. Typically, the Instructor is the person teaching or leading the class. The Instructor has access to everything in the course's Control Panel.
  • Teaching Assistant: The teaching assistant is the rough equivalent of the Instructor. The teaching assistant has access to everything in the course's Control Panel except for certain user management capabilities (such as the ability to remove users from the course).
  • Course Builder: The course builder role has access to the course's Control Panel, but only to the content areas section and the user management section. An instructor would assign someone the course builder role so that person could assist the instructor in the creation of course content and some of the course management. The course builder does not have access to the course Grade Center. 
  • Grader: The grader role has access to the course's Control Panel, but only to the assessment section. A grader would assist the instructor in the creation, management, delivery, and grading of online assessments delivered through Blackboard. The grader does have access to the course Grade Center.

Managing Users and User Role in Learn Ultra Course View

At this time, instructors cannot manage users and user roles in their Ultra Course.  If you need to add a TA/Grader, or change a user's role,  please contact help@syr.edu or 315-443-2677 with the following information: the course name and 5 digit ID, the user's name and netID and the role that they should have.

Note that you cannot add students to your class as they are automatically added or dropped via the registrar.



Filter Menu

Use the All course members filter menu to view the roster by roles.  The filter options are based on the roles found in your course and Students with accommodations.

Set Student Accommodations

Add student accommodations by clicking the three dot menu in the student card.  A panel will open where you can set a due date or time limit accommodation.

  • Due date accommodation: Students with a due date accommodation may submit work any time after the due date for no penalty.  Students with this accommodation will never have their work marked late.
  • Time limit accommodation: Students with a time limit accommodation have a 'percentage of extra time' that you define to finish their work during timed assessments.  For example, the exam has a time limit of 20 minutes. You set an accommodation of 50% extra time to complete the assessment. The student with the 50% extra time will have 30 minutes to complete the assessment.


In the roster grid view, students with accommodations appear with an icon next to their names. Instructors will see the student accommodation icon in both the gradebook and roster.  Students won't see the accommodations you've assigned.


Message Student

In the roster grid view, click on the student's picture to see student information and send student a message.  Click the envelope icon to open the new messages panel.




The Roster List View

Filter Menu

Use the All course members filter menu to view the roster by roles.  The filter options are based on the roles found in your course and Students with accommodations.


Sort by Last Name or Role

Left click the arrow to the right of the Last Name or Role header to filter roster.  Clicking on a student's name will open the Member Information panel where you can view student information

Message Student

Click on the student's picture and use the envelope icon to open the messages panel to send a student a message.

Accommodations in List View

Students with accommodations have an icon next to their names. Additionally, you will see what accommodations they have in the Accommodations column.  You can click on the accommodation link in the Accommodations column or on the three dot menu and select accommodations from the menu to view/edit the student's accommodations.

Member Information

To view student information, click on the three dot menu and select Edit member information.  Note that you cannot edit member information as that data is automatically added via the registrar.  You are able to view basic student information.