Different Account Types in Canvas: JHED v. External Users

A key factor in non-degree non-credit offerings is who is accessing them and what type of account they have. There are differences in policies, access, and permissions for different account types. Some also cost additional fees to be added to Canvas. Talk to your division’s teaching and learning center if you have specific questions about what is right for you. Learn more about the types of users we have at JHU.


These users are usually matriculated students, faculty, and staff at the university. They have the most access to the JHU ecosystem. There is no additional charge to add them to non-degree non-credit sites if they log in with an existing JHED and password.

Azure B2B

These users have access to more of the JHU ecosystem than just Canvas. There is a special creation and invitation process. They might be configured to access AEFIS, LinkedIn Learning, or other third-party tools. They do not have access to an individual JHU email or OneDrive. They can be added manually to MS Teams Classes linked with Canvas in certain situations (through a different process).

Canvas Local

These users are only granted access to Canvas not any other part of the JHU ecosystem. Some third-party tools may work for them (e.g. VoiceThread, Panopto, or Kaltura), while others will not (OneDrive, Teams, AEFIS, LinkedIn Learning). These types of accounts are used for those in Guest Facilitator roles in academic courses and in Non-Degree-Non-Credit offerings that meet certain criteria.