Once you have a NowComment account you can create NowComment “Managed User” accounts for people without email addresses. The person creating the account is called a “Manager”. This help file describes the most common use case, an Instructor acting as a Manager to create accounts for students who:
[If your school uses an LMS such as Blackboard or Moodle it's probably preferable to ask your IT Dept. to interface NowComment to it directly using LTI, so you can use NowComment without any set-up. See our Education Page for LTI documentation, including this general LTI overview.]
Managed User accounts have the same privileges as regular accounts, including:
NowComment creates Managed User accounts by importing student names from a file (using the far right of the three tabs):
The file has to be in Comma-Separated Value (.csv) format, a common plain text format that looks like this:
Many people use Excel to export (Save As .csv) an existing roster file; if you don't have a roster you can use any text editor to create it (e.g. Windows NotePad, Mac TextEdit, or a word process like Word if you're careful to save it in plain text format). For step-by-step instructions see Importing Roster Files.
If using a roster file that has email addresses:
Once NowComment imports your file it assigns each Managed User:
Immediately after adding students to a Group or Document the system will take you to a Managed Users page which displays all the associated usernames and passwords:
You can get to this page in the future by clicking the “Managed Users” button on a Group page that has Managed Users. Your Address Book also has a blue button link that takes you to a list of all your Managed Users.
One way to get students their confidential login information is to print out the display page, cut it up so each pair of names and passwords is on a separate strip (we've added extra white space to make this easy), and then give each student his/her strip privately.
Note that regular user accounts (that have real email addresses) won't show up on any Managed User lists but will instead appear on the appropriate Group and Document pages, with an envelope icon you can click to email that student using your computer's standard email program. Managed Users will have a “strikethrough” envelope icon that can't be clicked.
At any time the Manager or student are logged into the student's account they can choose the “Profile and Settings” option from the drop down menu off the student's name (in the top right corner of each page):
and from there:
Privacy/FERPA Note — If you don't want students' Personally Identifiable Information online then you have three ways to keep students' First and/or Last Names from appearing:
There are at least two ways for schools to handle the logistics of Managed User accounts:
Students using NowComment in multiple classes would have multiple accounts with different usernames and passwords, which could easily get confusing… but each Instructor would know the student's user name and password and could supply it if forgotten.
Each Instructor would Invite students to his/her class via a list of NowComment usernames obtained from an Admin or IT Dept, who would also get called if a student lost his/her user name and password (though in a time crunch a Teacher/Manager could always create a new temporary Managed User account to let the student do whatever he/she has to do.
Instructors and schools can decide which option will work best for them, e.g. maybe choose option “1” for elementary school students (who are perhaps more likely to forget passwords and more likely to just have one Instructor per year) and option “2” for older students.
[Last updated: March 11, 2016]