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    Hi,

    Just wondering how you are all using fronter?

    On the teaching side we have a room for every lesson imported from our MIS system. Content is being gradually added by subject teachers but I think it is going to be overseen by an e-learning person or HOF in each faculty (not sure if this is a TLR or not)

    On the technical side we have a single sign on meaning users who have logged in to the network or from outside but authenticated against our ISA server using AD credentials are passed through in to the fronter accounts. This means users fronter accounts have to match their AD accounts or we have to add a custom field in AD. We are also in London MLE so the account has to be unique. We also import the timetable using 4 csv files in to fronter from our MIS (Serco) which then creates a second user account and creates a room with correct permissions for every lesson. The two accounts are then merged by fronter once we give them the lists of the two user names.

    cheers,

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    Quote Originally Posted by TYO View Post
    Hi,

    Just wondering how you are all using fronter?

    On the teaching side we have a room for every lesson imported from our MIS system. Content is being gradually added by subject teachers but I think it is going to be overseen by an e-learning person or HOF in each faculty (not sure if this is a TLR or not)

    On the technical side we have a single sign on meaning users who have logged in to the network or from outside but authenticated against our ISA server using AD credentials are passed through in to the fronter accounts. This means users fronter accounts have to match their AD accounts or we have to add a custom field in AD. We are also in London MLE so the account has to be unique. We also import the timetable using 4 csv files in to fronter from our MIS (Serco) which then creates a second user account and creates a room with correct permissions for every lesson. The two accounts are then merged by fronter once we give them the lists of the two user names.

    cheers,

    Tommy

    Sounds fascinating. Do the kids like it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malph View Post
    Thanks Faceman,

    Is there any way to turn off "User must change the password at the next login". I don't want to do this individually for 437 pupils, I just want to keep my original set of passwords set up by Fronter.
    The only to avoid this would be to export these users to excel (.csv), create (same/different) passwords for each account on the spreadsheet and then upload the .csv file. This way user will not be asked to change their password.

    Hope that answers your question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wallgo View Post
    Sounds fascinating. Do the kids like it?
    Students do enjoy it as long as there is content. We are looking at getting various bits of software/content that is interactive and can be uploaded straight in to the VLE.

    However no one apart from IT will ever appreciate the single sign on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeman17 View Post
    The only to avoid this would be to export these users to excel (.csv), create (same/different) passwords for each account on the spreadsheet and then upload the .csv file. This way user will not be asked to change their password.

    Hope that answers your question.
    fronter do like their tick boxes. might be worth contacting support on the off chance your get through to some one who can help.

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    We've had fronter for 4 yr now and its part of everyday school life

    Email/Chat is through it for staff, no chat for kids

    Staff notice boards, our finance ordering is done through a fronter room

    Even classifieds

    Every department use it to some degree

    Its mainly staff motivation which is needed and regular training/encouragement

    People may grumble in general about VLE's but to be honest most are just lazy and dont like change (not implying anything about anyone by this remark, just what ive found in general)

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    Fronter - damning with faint praise

    While I wish that we had stayed on SharePoint I think it is possible to use Fronter and do some good looking pages.
    We have transferred almost all of our curriculum content for the departments selected to take part in a pilot to Fronter and the students are using it to access and upload work from outside school.
    I think a key element has been making sure that there was SCORM content available for all departments so that they could see some resources before taking the plunge and adding stuff themselves - although of course we had brought the SCORM stuff for SharePoint and it worked fine there.
    In line with a lot of the other users here, what we're doing at the moment is using Serif WebPlus to make frontpages for 'Rooms' as this lets you get round the restrictive container nature of Fronter's own tools.
    Weirdly, although Fronter blocks using IFrames in text containers now if you use them in an html page which you upload then they work fine.
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