CPS, PSU, UNH: Canvas - Add Guest Lecturer to your course


This article describes how to add a Guest Lecturer to a Canvas course. If your guest lecturer is not a USNH employee and does not have a USNH ID (9 digit number), then you must first request a USNH "sponsored" account.


Task: This article describes how to add a Guest Lecturer to a Canvas course.  If your guest lecturer is not a USNH employee and does not have a USNH ID (9 digit number), then you must first request a USNH "sponsored" account. 


Request a Sponsored Account:

In order to add a Guest Lecturer to your course, you must first request an USNH 'sponsored" account for this person.
Follow the steps detailed in the KB article "Sponsored User FAQ". Sponsored User FAQ

After you receive the Guest Lecturer "sponsored" account id, proceed to the next step of adding the guest to your course.

Add Guest to Canvas

Instructors are able to manually add people in their course. When adding a user to your course, enter their USNH ID (9 digit number), or USNH login ID. DO NOT enter the email address. The unique USNH ID or login ID will locate and automatically populate the name and email address.

  1. Navigate to the appropriate course and in the Course Menu, click People.
  2. Click on the + People button, enter the Sponsored Account's new USNH ID or user name.
  3. Separate each user by a comma if you are adding multiple people.
  4. Select the role and course section/s to which the guest should be assigned.

Determine Role to assign guest

To determine the best role for the guest lecturer, read this article that details the permissions for each role: Canvas: Roles and Permissions


Do not enter the guest lecturer email address as Canvas needs to locate the person using the guest lecturer's unique identifier. The guest lecturer's name and default Canvas email address will automatically be added to the course.

The guest lecturer will be sent an email, inviting them to join the course.

Here is a link to the Canvas guides for more detailed instructions:



Users should be able to add a Guest Lecturer to a Canvas course.

Further reading:

Sponsored User FAQ

Canvas: Roles and Permissions


Need additional help?

Please use this link to the Technology Help Desk to locate your local campus contact information.  Use the “Submit a Question” for your campus to enter an online support request.  



Article ID: 1191
Fri 7/19/19 5:54 PM
Mon 12/4/23 5:05 PM
Applicable Institution(s):
Plymouth State University (PSU)
University of New Hampshire (UNH)