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Virtual Learning Platforms Thread, Using Moodle - Need SIMS Parental Access? in Technical; Originally Posted by penfold_99 Are you looking to do it in-house or purchase something off the shelf? Looking to do ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by penfold_99 View Post
    Are you looking to do it in-house or purchase something off the shelf?
    Looking to do this in house as would really like to learn the Moodle codebase and how it works ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rh91uk View Post
    We;ve been told to basically give them read-only access to the courses etc that their pupil is enrolled on. Much in the planning stage, I can tell you!
    Parental access would also make an ideal teacher-parent messaging system. but yes, access to courses is important.

    Biggest worry is that from a parents perspective, there might be a lot of 'blank' courses posted by tech illiterate teachers. That might then cause a backlash against VLE from the staff.

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    Yes I did also think about the teacher, parental messaging side. I plan to trial this next week on our dev server.

    how do you do it CyberNerd?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rh91uk View Post

    how do you do it CyberNerd?

    Were are using the OSS SIMS2Moodle integration for students. We don't get have a solution for parental access- I'm in the same position as Soulfish wrt the Local Authority. We do have a parental email system, but it's clunky and is missing a lot of info (addresses)
    My preferred option would be buying penfold_99's SIF integration module when it appears.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    Were are using the OSS SIMS2Moodle integration for students. We don't get have a solution for parental access- I'm in the same position as Soulfish wrt the Local Authority. We do have a parental email system, but it's clunky and is missing a lot of info (addresses)
    My preferred option would be buying penfold_99's SIF integration module when it appears.
    pssst. Soulfish is my boss!

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    Whilst I understand the need for this parental access and of course will comply somehow...if am thinking initially to go the current Parent Role Hack in Moodle but how would you guys manage the parents logins? I currently use LDAP integration. Would you set the parents up in your AD or manually?

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    this could go in the ESCC forum....

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    Quote Originally Posted by rh91uk View Post
    Yes I did also think about the teacher, parental messaging side. I plan to trial this next week on our dev server.
    How are you going to automate the parental information from sims and associating them with the right students account in moodle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    this could go in the ESCC forum....
    With it's extensive use to date? - hum?

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    Quote Originally Posted by frosty View Post
    Whilst I understand the need for this parental access and of course will comply somehow...if am thinking initially to go the current Parent Role Hack in Moodle but how would you guys manage the parents logins? I currently use LDAP integration. Would you set the parents up in your AD or manually?
    SIF2MOODLE will be supporting LDAP, Manual Moodle Acounts and Siboleth for authenication.

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    Let me know if you need a beta tester!

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    Quote Originally Posted by frosty View Post
    Let me know if you need a beta tester!
    That could be a possiblility. What to you want parental engagment to be?

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    Personally just access to their child's Learning Platform courses\work, however I don't yet have SLT's views on this. I suspect this will be a debate that will run & run for a while!?

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    Looks like there's as much confusion on this as ever with no really clear answers. Thanks for all the thoughts from everyone and I appreciate the input on your product penfold_99.

    I'd also be interested in where the parent accounts come from. If I'm having a single-sign-on then I want it to be from Active Directory, but SIMS would be much better placed to generate information for parent's accounts.

    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    Biggest worry is that from a parents perspective, there might be a lot of 'blank' courses posted by tech illiterate teachers. That might then cause a backlash against VLE from the staff.
    Exactly - how many of you have all your departments heavily using the VLE for all their courses? What about departments that don't have easy access to ICT, or value non-ICT skills (English - spelling and handwriting)? If we're saying parents need access to all their child's courses, how many of you think you'll be able to offer that?

    Thanks again,
    Chris

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    We've just rolled out Moodle within the last two weeks. Currently the two heaviest users are actually MFL and PE/Sports Studies. The ICT department have yet to actually use it properly!

    All staff have been told that they have to start using it though and I imagine our SMT are going to start applying pressure to departments that aren't.

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