Seeing the "student view"?

Jason Shao jayshao at
Thu Feb 7 13:33:44 UTC 2008

On Feb 6, 2008, at 6:37 PM, Stephen Swinsburg wrote:

> The application remembers that they are aliased as a different role  
> and offers a button to switch them back.

This thread certainly seems to be a recurring Sakai meme. I'll  
interject a couple observations from the past:

* Instructors often want to make sure something got published to a  
particular group/section correctly
* Instructors often want to preview actions they've scheduled in the  
* Instructors often get stuck troubleshooting issues for an individual  
student, so sometimes do want to see what that student sees
* We get a number of instructors who accidentally demote themselves to  
student roles -- so they're exploring the UI, and getting to Site Info  
trying to accomplish some of these tasks.

Some really creative thoughts have come out in the past -- like  
TimeMachine like sliders for previewing future events, or the ability  
to alias your role or group memberships. I wonder -- is this  
interaction an area that's on FLUID's roadmap?



Jason Shao
Application Developer
Rutgers University, Office of Instructional & Research Technology
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