2. Managing Student Logins
Welcome to the second lesson in the EasyReader Premium for Educators Course.
In this lesson you'll learn about setting up student access to the EasyReader Premium service and the benefits you gain from the management of student logins.
After studying this lesson, you will be able to:
- Clearly state the two methods you can use to enable student access to the EasyReader Premium service.
- Accurately describe the steps to follow to add a student login to your EasyReader Premium subscription and explain the required and optional fields during this process.
- Correctly state at least two benefits from managing student access to the EasyReader Premium service with each setup method.
This lesson should take no more than twenty minutes to complete.
Activation and setup tasks
Following the purchase of an EasyReader Premium subscription, the following tasks must be completed:
- EasyReader Premium subscription must be activated.
Activation requires the school Account Manager to log into the Dolphin website and enter the school activation code. The Account Manager will receive instructions from Dolphin on how to complete this task. After activation, all staff members who know the Dolphin Account login details can sign in, review, and manage student logins through the Dolphin website. For access to this facility, please request the username and password details from your Account Manager.
- Eligible students are added to the EasyReader Premium service.
Students can be enrolled in two ways: Automatic enrolment using an email domain and manual enrolment through the creation of student logins. These methods are not mutually exclusive. You can use a mixture of these methods depending on the needs of each student.
Automatic enrolment by registering a school email domain
The registration of a school email domain enables students to be automatically enrolled into the EasyReader Premium service when they log into the EasyReader App with a compliant Dolphin Account.
Compliance occurs when the registered email domain and the email address used by the student to setup their Dolphin Account matches.
Miss Jane Jones is a student at The Dolphin Academy. Jane has been allocated a student email address of email@example.com. To enrol Jane into the EasyReader Premium service, the Account Manager must register "dolphinacademy.ac.uk" on the Dolphin website and Jane must create a Dolphin Account using her student email address.
To register an email domain, the Account Manager must:
- Visit the Dolphin website (yourdolphin.com).
- Sign into their account using the 'Sign In' option at the top of the page.
- Select the EasyReader Premium option.
- Select the "Manage email domains" button.
- Follow the simple steps to register the domain.
Tip: From the Registration page, Account Managers can also view the students that have logged into the EasyReader App and remove student accounts that are expired.
To create a Dolphin Account, the student must:
- Open the sign in screen in the EasyReader App or visit the Dolphin website.
- Choose the ‘Sign up’ link below the login button.
- Enter their student email address and create a password.
- Activate their Dolphin Account using the link sent to their email inbox.
If a student already has a Dolphin Account that uses their personal school email address, then they must log out and sign back in to the EasyReader App to gain access to the EasyReader Premium service.
To log out:
- If you are using EasyReader for IOS or Android, tap the "Side Menu" button at the top left corner of the screen and choose "My Dolphin Account", then tap "Log out of my Dolphin Account".
- If you are using EasyReader for Windows, select "My Dolphin Account" from the "Side Bar" and choose "Log out of my Dolphin Account".
Enrolment by creating student logins
The creation of student logins negates the requirement for a student to create and activate a Dolphin Account. Instead, it enables an Account Manager to create the username and password the student uses to sign into the EasyReader App.
To create a student login, an Account Manager must:
- Visit the Dolphin website (yourdolphin.com).
- Sign in using the 'Sign In' option at the top of the page.
- Select the EasyReader Premium option.
- Select the "Manage student logins " button.
- Follow the simple steps to create a student login.
- Inform the student of their login credentials.
When creating a student login, the following options must be adhered to:
- The student Username must be unique across all students worldwide. It must start with a letter, contain between six and twenty characters, and may include lower case letters, numbers, dots, hyphens, and underscores. You cannot reuse a username, even after deletion.
- A password is optional. If it is entered, it does not need to be unique, but it must contain between six and twenty characters.
- The comment field is also optional. Adding a meaningful comment can help you identify which student login has been assigned to which student.
Once a student login is created, the student can sign into the EasyReader App using the Dolphin Account login option.
Benefits from the different types of enrolment
There are benefits gained from each enrolment option.
Benefits managing accounts through an email domain:
- Registering your email domain is quick and easy.
- Student enrolment is automatic when they log into the EasyReader App using a COMPLIANT Dolphin Account.
Managing accounts through the creation of student logins:
- Students do not have to create and maintain their own account. You manage the login details for each of your students. This avoids the need for them to go through the Dolphin Account setup and activation process.
- You set the username and determine whether a password is required to log into the EasyReader App. This is especially helpful for younger students or students who may struggle with the initial login process. It means they can log in to EasyReader Premium quickly, with just their username.
- Choosing to set a password adds a layer of security for the students, and as you are in control of the login system, you can quickly resolve any reports of forgotten passwords.
In both procedures, the latest student activity with the EasyReader App is recorded, enabling you to measure student engagement and identify potential training or support needs.
Enrolment using an email domain requires some account management by the student. They will be required to confirm account setup by activating a link sent to their student email address and to remember the password they used to setup the account.
Managing active accounts
It is important to maintain an accurate list of students registered to use the EasyReader Premium service. This ensures your number of student licenses is not filled with students who no longer use the service, for example, students who have moved on to another school, college, university, or work.
Students can be removed by visiting the Manage email domains webpage or Manage student logins webpage, find the student details, and choose the "Delete" button symbolised by a trashcan adjacent to the student’s name.
Removing students removes them from the EasyReader Premium service. Students can continue to enjoy all the features of the free EasyReader App with a personal Dolphin Account. Alternatively, a Personal EasyReader Premium subscription is available for individuals wishing to continue to use the Premium service. You can learn more about the Personal EasyReader Premium subscription on the Dolphin website.
In this lesson you learnt about the creation and management of student logins and the benefits this can offer, including: control over usernames, passwords and the ability to check when a student account was last active.
In the upcoming lessons you will begin to use the EasyReader App. To follow these lessons, you will require a student login in order to gain first-hand experience using the app.
Please obtain your login details from your account administrator or - if you have permission to sign into the Dolphin Account - create or identify a student login you can use for training purposes.
Below are three sample quiz questions based on this lesson.
Please spend no more than five minutes considering the answers to these questions.
- A student login name must be unique worldwide. Is this statement true?
- A student login must include a password. Is this statement true?
- When you remove a student account, the student cannot continue to use EasyReader and is prohibited from creating their own free personal account. Is this statement true?
End of lesson
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