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Mrs Beckham Goes on Moodle (or – the Parent login)

This year, more than any year, we’ve had requests from parents to see their children’s progress on Moodle. They want to see homework set, grades, discussions and more. Last term I ran  a couple of  “Moodle  for Parents” sessions where I have explained to them how Moodle works, let them have a play on our training Moodle and walked them through a child’s login and what  is available. Our current policy is that if a parent wants to see their child’s work on Moodle, we tell them to log in as their child – preferably WITH their child, although if the child refuses, we will change the password and give the parent the new password. That hasn’t happened, and so far those parents who have wanted to log in sitting at home next to their child have been perfectly happy.

However, a parent using a child’s login isn’t ideal and we’re looking for more. In my part of the world, our broadband supply and Moodle are brought to us by CLEO, who aim to have a single sign on dashboard for teachers, students and parents,providing everything each user would need. Eventually it is hoped a parent will be able to log in and see attendance, behaviour, grades and more for each of their children. But we’re not at that stage yet. Additionally, we’d like to involve parents more in our Moodle and have been thinking of enrolling them in a course where they can discuss school issues with each other and members of staff. The idea of  displaying homework using a site like the (very good!) Planner Live has also been discussed.   So I have been playing with a restricted parent account on Moodle. (Instructions for the basic parent role are here) Parents would be able to talk to each other  but not students – see their child’s grades but not enter courses.

I went to the last PTA meeting and asked if they would be willing to be my “guinea pigs” testing this out. They’d be given a login to one course – just for parents – where they would connect with each other and (in the first instance) SLT. If it worked OK they’d then be allocated to their children via the mentees block and able to see what they’d been up to. To introduce the concept, which you can watch here.  I used our training Moodle and that very famous Our Lady’s family, the Beckhams.

The PTA will start this trial in March and it will be interesting to see  how they get on.  There are two elements at play here – using our Moodle as a communication area for all our parents, and allowing them to monitor their children. Whether we pursue  just the first option or the first AND the second remains to be seen and depends too on the plans CLEO have for us. Certainly, giving parents a login is no simple matter as they have to be manually attached (ha!) to each of their children -imagine that for a school of 1000 students. And what about the step mum/dads/ex-partners/guardians etc?  Hmm…  Either way, we hope in the long term, somehow, to increase our family of Moodlers 🙂

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  1. I struggle with just this issue with my middle school students. My kids’ parents have access to grades and assignments via a basic webpage and gradebook package (Edline). Right now, POS (parent over shoulder) is how parents get access to the Moodle.

    Thanks for sharing what you do. I hadn’t realized the Parent role could restrict access to only their own child’s work, which is really the only way I’d feel comfortable giving parents formal access.

    Comment: Frances Lo – 26. February 2011 @ 1:50 pm

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