Canvas @ YaleInstructor Guides User ManagementHow do I add users to my course?

How do I add users to my course?

For official course sites, students that have enrolled in the course through the registration system will be added to your course site automatically. Users you need to add to your course site manually may include:

  • Teaching Assistants / Teaching Fellows
  • Guest Lecturers
  • Unofficially auditing students (official auditors should register officially with the registrar)
  • Students who are on a waitlist
  • Students who made revisions to their registration
  • Guests from other institutions (Guests from other institutions will need to have an account created for them in Canvas before you can add them to your course site. To request a guest account, please complete the Guest Account Request Form.)

NOTE:  Not all NetID users are added to Canvas by default (examples are volunteers, past alumni, sponsored identities, vendors, contractors, etc...).  If you are trying to add a NetID user and are not finding them in the system, please contact and provide the user's NetID so we can verify/add their account to Canvas.

Note: There are some roles in Canvas that are protected - these roles are to be used exclusively by the registration system (Banner) and must not be used when manually enrolling users in your course. Protected roles include:

  • Student
  • Visitor
  • Auditor
  • Instructor

The Poorvu and ITS Canvas LMS Support team will not add users to course sites.  Enrollment is at the discretion of the instructor and/or department registrar.  To be added to a course, please contact the instructor of the course or a departmental/school registrar or support person with administrative access in Canvas.

Add a User

1. Click on "People" from the course navigation.

2. Click "+People" at the top right corner.

Click "People", then click "+People".

3. In the pop-up window, select how you want to add people, either by "Email Address" (must be confirmed) or "NetID" (also known as log in ID). A quick link to the Yale Directory is available to help look up an individual.


  • When using "Email Address": The user's email address MUST be confirmed. Yale emails are automatically confirmed, however guests account require additional steps for confirmation.
  • When using "NetID": This field is also known as the Login ID. For Yale users, this is their NetID. For guest accounts, this will be their email address

4. Type in the text box provided the user's information type selected. You can add multiple users at once by putting a comma between each user.

5. Select the user's intended role and section.

Note: Do not use the protected roles. Roles that you can use include:

  • Guest Student
  • Guest Instructor
  • TA

6. Once the user's role is selected, the "Next" button should appear. Click "Next" to proceed to the next step.

Select the "Add user(s) by" type, enter the user information, select user details, and click "Next"

7. Canvas will verify that the account is valid. If it is valid, you will see the message in green across the top "The following users are ready to be added to the course".

8. If you are not ready to add the user, click the "Start Over" button to go back to the previous screen. Otherwise click the "Add Users" button to add the users to the course. Canvas will automatically send the user an invitation to participate in the course.

Verify the account and either Start Over or Add Users

9. Until the user accepts the course invitation, the user's status will display as pending. Once the user has accepted the course invitation, you can interact with the user in the course. 

User's status is pending until they accept the course invitation.

Remove a User

Users can be enrolled in multiple sections within your Canvas site.  The instructions below are split between removing a user from all sections within your Canvas course (Option 1) or removing a user from just one section within your Canvas course (Option 2).

Note: You can remove any user that you have manually added. If the user is being enrolled into the course by registrar data, you will not be able to remove them.

Option 1:  Remove a user from all sections within the Canvas Course

  1. From the People Tool, click the three dots icon associated with the user you would like to remove.
  2. Click "Remove From Course".
Click on the three dots icon and click "Remove From Course".

Option 2:  Remove a user from a single section within the Canvas Course

  1. From the People Tool, click on the name of the user [1] you want to modify.
  2. In the right side pop-out, click on the user's name again [2].
Click on the user in the people tool to open up the user details page.
  1. On the user details page, scroll down to the Membership(s) area [green box].
  2. From the list, find the section you want to remove the user from and click on the Delete button [3] for that enrollment.
Click the delete button for the section enrollment you want to remove.
  1. You will now see a pop up asking you to confirm the deletion - click the OK button [4].
Clicking OK in the confirmation pop-up with complete the deletion process.
  1. When the page updates, you will see only the user's remaining section enrollment(s) listed under the Membership(s) area.

How to Add Users to Past Term Courses

When the course is in the past term, you cannot add users to the course (the +People button in the People tool will be grayed out or not present). In order to unlock the course to add users, please check out our help article on how to unlock courses in past terms.

Note: When adding users to the unlocked course, the invited users must accept their invitation prior to the course resuming the past term, read-only state. If the user has not accepted the invitation, then the course will have to be unlocked again.