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Password protected assessments

1. Asynchronous online courses. We have several online courses where students are going through the course at different paces. Setting permission times for assignments are unmanageable because some of the courses (PE Waiver) have over 100 students. A password would allow the instructor to release the assessments when the individual student is ready by simply telling them the password.
2. Passwords protection will also help our secondary teachers that teach multiple sections. Our courses are set up so that if a teacher teaches 5 Biology I courses, they have one Biology I course in itslearning and each period is set up as a group. You can set up permissions and times, but it would be easier if the teacher just had a password.
  • Nicholas Williams
  • Jan 5 2016
  • Future consideration
  • Jan 6, 2016

    Admin Response

    Thanks for your idea. We are aware of this need, and teachers ask for if from time to time. For the moment we don’t have any plans of implementing this, but we’ll take it into account when we are planning future work.

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  • Michele Eaton commented
    January 05, 2016 13:44

    Here are the ways that we use text password protection in Wayne Township:

    Achieve Virtual:
    One of the key reasons we were able to open up as a public virtual high school was our guarantee to proctor each final. This is our accountability piece. A student cannot pass a class without passing the face-to-face proctored final. It is the only time a student shows up in person. Our proctored finals happen all over the state. The finals are password protected so that students cannot access them until they show up to take a final. The proctors are given the passwords and simply enter it in whenever the student shows up for the test. The courses are self-paced, and students can be ready for the final at multiple times throughout the semester. They choose when they show up for the finals as well. The only current "solution" is to wait for a proctor to call and assign the final. However, that requires the teacher (who is working in a classroom) or our office staff to be available at any given moment. If a proctor were to call and we were not available or in a meeting, the student would be stuck without a final. Some students travel up to an hour for their final. Obviously this isn't really a solution. The only other solution is to leave it open, which jeopardizes our status as a state-accredited virtual school. This is CRUCIAL to our success. We begin classes this summer, and I am very worried about this detail.

    Blended Learning Programs:
    Our several blended learning programs around the district utilize online courses that are self-paced as well. In these environments, the teachers password protect many assignments. This allows the teacher to double check their work for each unit before allowing them to complete the tests. With hundreds of students in a multitude of courses all at different places within a course, this allows the teacher to have a better handle on student progress and helps them move through the course in a competency-based fashion.

    Traditional Classrooms:
    Many of our teachers have grown accustomed to using password protected assignments in their own classrooms. This allows them to prevent students who are absent or out of the room to open up assignments outside of the proctored testing environment. Students who open the assignment from home are easily identified when tests are password protected. It also allows a teacher to have assignments open in their course ahead of time without having to interupt instruction to activate tests.

    Hopefully that helps explain how important password protected assignments are to how we operate in an online and blended learning environment. It has come standard on all of the other LMSs that we have used in the past.

  • Daniel Nuttall commented
    April 11, 2016 12:09

    I think that enabling different release times for groups is a must have in the VLE as a whole as many organisations are moving towards this model of online course to save on duplicating work for themselves.

  • Michele Eaton commented
    December 14, 2016 16:13

    Any update on this? Last I heard this has been bumped up to planning...