Parental Access

We are considering adopting OpenClass for a 7th–12th grade setting. One of the use cases we'd like to try to address is the possibility of homeschoolers' taking a course under our faculty as part of their regular homeschool curriculum. In this scenario, we'd like to be able to give homeschool parents varying kinds of access to a course in which their child(ren) are enrolled. So, for instance, we'd like to be able to give parents direct access to the grade book—but only for their child(ren)—with different permission options from view-only to, say, teaching assistant where the parents could input grades for some assessments.

Is there perhaps a round about way in which we might be able to achieve something like this at present? Even if not, it would certainly be a beneficial feature to consider from our perspective, and perhaps from others' also.
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    You paint a clear and persuasive picture, David. Thank you for sharing your idea.

    While we aren't currently working on a feature that would allow parents to view only certain pieces of a course for a specific student, we are exploring the idea of adding additional roles to OpenClass.

    The first of these roles will likely be created with read-only permissions in the vein of a TA role as you describe above. OpenClass does have a TA role currently, however an individual assigned this role has the same access as Instructors so it doesn't do anything to control viewing rights.

    The introduction of a TA role with read-only rights would likely provide you with a workaround for parents, but limiting them to view only a single student's work will take some effort and is not currently included in the road map.

    Thank you again for your idea, David. We'll be sure to keep an eye on this to see if it picks up steam in the community.
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  • I agree with David. Many teachers in my district would like the ability for parents to access their courses to get materials and view the assignment schedule without simply logging in with their child's id.
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  • Thank you for adding your thoughts here, Calter. Please also feel free to voice your agreement by clicking the star to 'like the idea' at the top of this topic thread.

    Our guess is that many districts have websites where schedules and appropriate materials are available to parents. Does your district employ resources such as this? We're curious to know the relationship between this type of website and OpenClass. In your mind, do you see them working together? Or what advantages do you see using one over the other?

    We appreciate your time and feedback, Calter. Our Community helps us to understand user stories so we are able to identify the needs of our administrators, instructors, and students, and plan accordingly. Thanks again!
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  • Thanks, Calter. Since posting the note above, I have seen another Google Apps-friendly LMS environment that is working on this feature. Particularly where certain material can't be open to the public (e.g., copyrighted material, grades), having the option to give parents access to it in OpenClass as a one-stop-shop does seem like it could be helpful.
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  • We appreciate these notes, David. Thank you for being engaged in the conversation!

    Please let us know how your parent resources and access develop. Your feedback will be helpful to us as we consider solutions to the user story you describe.
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