How do I use Parent features in my course and group?

How do I know if there are parents associated to students in the course or group?


When there is a parent account associated with a student in your course or group, you can view the parent associated with each child through Members area on the left menu of the course profile. The name of the parent appears below the student name.

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View Course As a parent


The feature to View Course As allows you to view the course as a particular member of the course, or as a parent of a member of the course. To view the course as a parent, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to a course you administer.
  2. Click on Course Options on the left menu of the course profile.
  3. Select the option to View Course As.
  4. At the top of the popup, you'll see the option to toggle between Students and Parents of the course. Click on the Parents option.
  5. Select the parent you'd like to view the course as.

Once you being viewing the course as the parent, you'll see a message at the top of your course, This is how your course looks to... with the student's name in parenthesis following the parent's name. To revert back to your view, click on the Back to Course button on the bottom right of the message.

Note: This feature is only available for courses.

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Send a Schoology Message to Parents


Send a message to all parents in the course or group

You can send a Schoology message to parents of members in your course or group. This method of communication is a great way to send course updates and reminders that may interest Parents, but not students. To send a message to parents, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to a course you administer.
  2. Click on Course Options on the left menu of the course/group profile.
  3. Select the option to Send Message.
  4. In the form that appears, you can choose to send a message to All Members, Admins, Members, or Parents. Select the option to send a message to Parents.
  5. Enter a Subject and Message, and click Send to complete.

Send a message to an individual parent

You may also send messages to the parent of a student in the course or group from the Members area of the course profile. To send a message to parent, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to a course you administer.
  2. Click on the Members area on the left menu of the course/group profile.
  3. Click on the gear to the right of a student's name.
  4. Select the option to Message parents.
  5. Enter a subject and a message, and click Send to complete.

Note: These messages will appear in parents' Messages inbox on the top and left menu of their Schoology accounts. The message will include the name of the coruse, the sender's name, and a tag of the child associated with the course.

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Manage Course/Group Privacy Settings for Parents


Parents have 'view only' access to their child's courses. This means that parents may view items and activity in the course, but they may not edit, submit, or participate within the course. To manage the content that parents can see, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to a course or group you administer.
  2. Click on Course/Group Options on the left menu of the course/group profile.
  3. Select the Edit Privacy/Course [or Group] Settings option.
  4. Find Parent Settings near the bottom of the form.
  5. Enable either none, all, or both of the permission options available to parents.
    • Anonymous student names- This option displays student names as Anonymous. The parent will be able to see the teachers' names and their child's names, but all other members will appear as Anonymous. Hover over the cluetip next to the permission to preview this option.
    • Hide comments- This option hides all student comments. The parent will be able to see comments made by the teacher and their child, but all other members' comments will appear hidden. Hover over the cluetip next to the permission to preview this option.
  6. Click Save Changes to complete.

Note: These permission settings must be set on a course-by-course or group-by-group basis. Depending on the settings in place at your school, you may not be able to adjust parent permissions.

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