Parental Access to Office 365 and Student Content
We need a better way other than PAL for teachers to access student data in Office 365. The Share option is not a viable option when most schools have over 100 parents and needs to scale to 100,000s. If there was a parent SKU in which permissions could then be assigned to the student content, it would allow us as partners to develop solutions. We've been asking for 2 and half years and keep hearing, that's good feedback. Cheers
Helen Chubb commented
Very much in agreement with this. An update would be appreciated.
Per Magnus Byström commented
Hi, what's happening on this one? It's been three years now since the Alex first post. This is a very sought after feature that is extremely crucial!
Seesaw, FreshGrade and KeptMe are ahead of O365 on this. Microsoft, act now or lose your edge!
Thanks everyone. Couldn't agree moore. Microsoft, plaese make this happen!
Mike Perry commented
Agreed. This is really needed. We do a lot of custom development on the student intranet and it would be a huge time saver to have parental access to it. Without it I'm facing having to write a completely separate Parents system.
Håkan Åknert commented
This is going to be a major issue as soon as we get a go to move to o365. Please make it happen.
Jon Ohlsson commented
Second that, would be really really useful!
Joseph Catania commented
Agreed. This platform needs to rapidly become simpler to allow for mass adoption by educators.
Alex Pearce commented
I think what we would be looking for is the ability to match a parent to student account where the parent account can search any content (in email, groups, Lync conversations, SharePoint and Yammer) and see this through a presentation view we decide. We can then refine the search/query to what we would like it to show to the parent. This effectively giving the parent access to what eh school decide.
Darren Hemming commented
I very much echo Alex's comments. Parental involvement is a key dimension of learning for students who are still at school. There are numerous approaches for getting parent users into a local AD, and the Azure AD Sync Tool can get them into Office 365. All you need then is a process for assigning parent licenses and you can give parents a general level of access to SharePoint Online.
That's when the partner opportunity really kicks in because you can develop ways to give parents selective access to work carried out by their children, or potentially present data about their child's progress, behaviour and attendance via a secure portal in SharePoint Online. Once the parent has a secure identity, managed by school/partner process, all kinds of integration become possible.
For me, SharePoint licenses for parents would be the main driver of parental engagement initially. But I can certainly see Lync and even Exchange being used later on, and I would ask Microsoft to trust schools and partners to configure those services appropriately for parents e.g. to restrict their ability to IM/email within the school tenancy.
Andy R commented
I have deployed Office 365 to a number of schools including special schools where the pupils have behavioural issues and will challenge school rules and policies by deliberately trying to create or procure inappropriate content. Policing of content in OneDrive has been a barrier to its deployment with schools preferring not to risk deploying a system where they cannot easily gain full oversight of content.
This is further complicated by the difficulty in applying an effective web based filter. The HTTPS transport tunnels straight through many off the shelf content filters and access to many school tenants from home isn't filtered at all.
The ability to share content review responsibilities with parents may for some schools create a safe enough environment to deploy OneDrive and manage it in partnership with parents through an effective management framework.
Andreas Eng (P-Seller) commented
Thanks Alex! We have many customers in Sweden using SharePoint Online. In this case it would be sufficient to have a Sku with SharePoint Online and Office Online for parents. Would that be enough in your case, or do you need more?