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How do you do....it? Thread, Username format in Technical; Surname first initial dot last two of year of entry so, ... DoeJ.12...
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    Surname first initial dot last two of year of entry so, ... DoeJ.12

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    We just use first initial Surname : - FSurname. If we get a dupe we just add a middle initial, FDSurname.

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    We use SirnameFS12
    Sirname Firstname Secondname intake year

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    2 digit year of entry, full surname, first 3 digits of christian name. We remove all hyphens. We adopted this from the librarians at the school who said most in the county used something similar.
    eg: 12smithjam

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    We are a college - 16+ - and use that the student unqiue learner number - which is an 8 digit number, the first two digits being the year of intake.

    As for students remembering it we have the advantage of all students having to carry an id badge whilst on site and we print the student number on their id badge. Given that they need to type it in in order to can access to college pcs/ moodle they soon learn it!

    The massive advantage of using the id number is that AD/ MIS/ Moodle and all of our other systems are a lot easier to tie together. Makes for much simpler system integration and we've had no complaints from the students.

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    We use the USO (unified sign-on) from Atomwide/LGfL. Makes it nice and easy for them to only have one set of credentials for the school and all the LGfL/Fronter/LondonMail services. We have to make password changes in two places which could be simplified by paying for USO/ADSync but I'm tight and we don't have to do that many changes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kestrel1 View Post
    Just wondering how everyone else formats their usernames for students.
    I am looking for a new format, but cannot decide what to use.
    We currently do the following:
    Say you have a student John Doe with an intake year of 2012, I take the first letter of the surname & forename then add 12, so it would look like:
    DJ12
    This works, but I think something along the line of:
    J.Doe12
    might be better. I also wonder if restricting the amount of letters used for the surname might be an idea as well.
    So if you have a student with a surname of Smith-Jones you could use 8 characters so John Smith-Jones would be:
    J.Smith-Jo12
    What do you think & what do you use.

    we use the first letter of their name and then surname followed by the year of intake for example

    John Smith who started in 2012 would be jsmith12 we also usually ignore hyphens and any other symbols also if we have a duplicate we just use there first 2 letters so we would have jmsith12 and josmith12

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    The High School our kids move to use intake year, surname, first initial of firstname 12BloggsJ. So we do the same but give them the year they leave. That way, they keep the same username at the High School.

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    Interesting that everyone seems to use students names in some fashion. We were told by CLT that we were not allowed to use names at all as their email address is username@school.county.sch.uk and we aren't allowed to have students identifiable by their email address for child protection purposes. We use: Year of entry, tutor and admission number, eg 12ABC1234.

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    Good point, not something I had thought about.
    Might have to rethink this then.

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    Hiya, Intake Year and CMIS Admission Number : 12A12345, works brilliantly

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    The only issue we find with admission number is that SIMS creates this on the students first day in school, so its a mad rush to get the usernames created and stickers for their contact book printed and distributed ready for them to logon often first lesson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    I used to use intake year initial surname so 10jblogss etc

    staff was just initialsurname so jbloggs
    We use exactly the above. I think we have 2 conflicts in approximately 1100 pupils.

    Quote Originally Posted by K.C.Leblanc View Post
    I visited a seminar once where someone suggested using a student's UPN!!!
    I have seen admission numbers from SIMS used. Unsurprisingly most pupils could not remember that they were A45926 rather than 08JBloggs

    EDIT: Ooops, just saw @beagle's post - no offence intended, it just caused so many problems with pupils forgetting their usernames never mind their passwords.
    Last edited by 36Degrees; 26th June 2012 at 04:13 PM.

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    We just use year of entry, first initial, surname 12JDoe. if there are duplicates we just put a 1 on the end of one of them. Never had more than 2 students with the exact same username.

    I wouldnt recommend using UPNS as half of them cant even remember their password when its 123.

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    no offence 36 degrees, we do not use names as they often change as the student goes up the school and we would have the equivelent of 42xJBloggs in each year group - every school is different.

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