Mary, I set up the Parent role as demonstrated in your video. I have found a way around one of the problems noted in my post, namely, that there was not a way to specify a separate and distinct enrollment key for students and a guest access key for parents. (Credit actually goes to someone from Remote-Learner who helped me with this at the ISTE Conference.)
I did the following:
- Site administration - define roles - guest - check course context
- Course - settings - users - enrollment method
- Unhide guest access
- Created new enrollment method for parents with its own password.
- assigned role guest
Now when a parent clicks the course, there is an enrollment text box for students and one that says parents. If a parent puts the parent access password in the student enrollment text box, they will get an error message. That solved one problem.
When the parent puts the parent password in the parent accesss text box they get to view the course. They cannot post or submit assignments but can download resources and see what the assignments are. They are not in the gradebook since they are not enrolled as students. That's all good.
The problem I still have is that parents are participants in the course and are listed in the participant list. I would prefer that this not happen. Parents are enrolled (as guests) and I realize that that is probably because I created an enrollement method for them. That is the only way I was able to specify a separate password for parents. I couldn't modify the guest method to specify a password-no edit icon. I just want parents to be able to do and see what a non logged in guest can see and do without actually being enrolld.
I tried changing the guest permission of "view without participation" to allow but that doesn't have any effect.
I had planned to set the parent access password to the same word for all courses. That way parents only need to remember one password. Teachers would like to be able to view other courses and would be able to use the same password to do it. However, if this results in additional participants as it does now, that wouldn't work.
The default role for all users is authenticated user. I don't know if this is why parents show as participants while true guests (non users) do not when they enter the guest password.
There doesn't seem to be a way to change the default role for all users to guest.
Any ideas on how to enable parents and teachers to enter a course as a guest and not show up in the participants list?