Understanding the different roles in channels

Tags: Skills

If you use channels in a group plan, you may be the channel owner, a contributor, or a member. In addition, plan admins and team managers have certain privileges in a channel that non-admin channel owners and contributors don't have access to. Let's break it down and see what you can do based on your role.

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Channel roles

As long as they have a Pluralsight Skills license, members, contributors, and owners can view Skills courses that are listed in the channel. 

  • Channel member: Learner who has joined the channel. There can be multiple channel members.
  • Channel contributor: Someone who has joined the channel and has been given certain editing privileges. There can be multiple channel contributors.
  • Channel owner: Usually the user who created the channel, unless they transferred ownership to someone else. The owner has the most editing privileges in the channel. There can be only one channel owner.
Leave channel* 
Add and remove content 
Add and remove members** 
Edit channel name and description 
Promote others to contributor 
Transfer channel ownership  
Delete channel  
Change channel privacy settings  

* See Transferring ownership, below.

**See Adding members, below.

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Transferring ownership

If a channel owner leaves the group plan, members will lose access to the channel. To avoid the loss of access, the channel owner should assign a new channel owner by following these steps:

  1. Add the learner to the channel if they’re not already a member.
  2. Click on the ••• options menu next to the learner’s name.
  3. Select the Make owner option. At this point, the old owner is downgraded to a contributor.

If your group plan has had a channel owner leave, causing the loss of a channel, please reach out to support@pluralsight.com with details so we can help you.

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Adding members

Any learner can copy and share the channel link with others. Others in the group plan can join the channel once they have the link.

Both the channel owner and channel contributors can add any learner on the group plan to a channel. There are faster ways to add learners that only team managers and plan admins have access to. These are discussed below.

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Who can use this?


Channel privileges for plan admins and team managers

Plan admins and team managers have certain privileges in a channel that non-admin channel owners and contributors don’t have. Many of these are discussed in Adding channel members, contributors, and owners.

PrivilegeTeam managerPlan admin
Set objective for a channel for which they are a contributor or owner
Set a channel to display in Company channels
Add a whole team to a channel at once*
Add the whole plan to a channel at once 
Enable Company channels for plan 

* Team managers can only add their own team(s) to a channel.

Note: Plan admins and team managers don’t need a Skills license to create a channel. They can't watch the content without a Skills license, but they can do the following: 

  • Create a channel
  • View channel analytics
  • Add or remove content, members, and contributors to the channel

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If you need help, please email support@pluralsight.com for 24/7 assistance.