How to use the "Role Change" function in Brightspace

Use the role change function to view the course from either a student or course assistant perspective.

Access and use the Role Change function

  1. In a course as Instructor role.
    • in this case "Brightspace - Bozeman-MSU" course
  2. Select the username.
  3. By default, unless previously changed, the "View as Course Assistant" role appears.
    • select "Change" to change from viewing as "Course Assistant" role to that of "Student" role
    • if the course has been previously viewed as a "Student" role, then the "Student" role link will appear here and it will not be necessary to select the "Change" link

Brightspace screenshot - CD 20_20_12 - select ro9le to change to


To view as "Student" role, select the "Student" link.

When selecting to view in a different role, the course will always return to the course home page regardless of where the user is in the course when selecting the role change.

Brightspace screenshot - CD 20_20_12 - selecting to view as a student


After the role change link is selected, the role change icon displays in place of the username.

Brightspace screenshot - CD 20_20_12 - name icon changes to indicate role view change


To stop viewing as a different role, select the "X" link.

Brightspace screenshot - CD 20_20_12 - select the "X" to end viewing riole

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What dialog boxes look like and how dialog boxes and browsers interact is dependent upon the operating system and browser being used. The screenshots in this tutorial may differ from the screen that the user is viewing when performing actions described.

CD 202012