I have been reading this forum for years. the time has come for me to post my question.
I'm looking for a solution to this problem.
I'm preparing to upgrade to 2.5 and i want to make mentor accounts so parents can log on , read the announcements and see their kids' grades.
I am looking for a way to show a gradebook of work outside moodle to parents The problem is that moodle work is not compulsory so it does not count in their final grade but i don't want to hide those grades either.
Should I use something else instead of gradebook for the 'official grades" would those grades be visible only to the student's parent?
Need a second gradebook?
If you have a personal Gmail account, you could export the gradebook to an excel file and upload it into Google Drive.
From there, set the sharing permissions to anyone with the link. On your Moodle course, you can create a URL resource which links to this document.
Enroll the parents as participants or students in the course, and then create a group with all of the parents in it. Then put that group in a grouping, and restrict access to the URL to just the users in that grouping.
It's a bit of an inelegant solution, as you will need to export and re-upload the gradebook in drive anytime you make a change. You could set it up as a quarterly report type item, to make this a bit easier on you.
My two cents, for what it's worth
As mentioned by John, this solution leads to serious privacy issues and I would not recommend it. The mentee/mentor option would work here or you can create a parent role and then assign each parent to a student. Either way, there is a considerable amount of work involved in this.
I, for one, wish we had an easy way of linking parents to their students..
I hope a solution is found to that too emma. I am not lookinf forward to linking all those parents tto students. I'm not even sure if it's worth the trouble if I don't find a way to inform parents about their children's grades.