At University College London we get asked by academics and support staff if they can see Moodle from a true student perspective. We don't allow them to have the 'log in as' functionality as that offers a little too much. The 'switch role to' offers too little functionality, and we need something in the middle.
In response to some requests, we have given out a Moodle-only (manual authentication) 'student test account' but these get difficult as they're not bound to the same operational mechanisms as 'real' LDAP accounts. Also, I'd like to give a fair experience to all staff, thus creating the need for potentially hundreds (thousands!) of these accounts - which isn't ideal.
My thoughts are along the lines of a special 'student' account which works in a similar way to Guest. It's an account that can't actually be used as a role, but it offers an experience of a real person. The single account can be used, much like a hybrid of log in as/switch role to/guest access.
I have not thought too much along the lines of how it would operate from a technical level - I wanted to ask in here what other's thought, perhaps try to gather a list of user requirements and see if there's any natural momentum in it. If so, then put it into the tracker and get some votes, and think how it may actually be achieved.
An initial search around didn't discover any previous requests for this, but if there are please do point me in that direction)