If you have Instructor or Teaching Assistant access to a course, you can create a test student account. This account behaves exactly like any other student account: You can submit assignments with it, give it grades, and view those grades via the student's My Grades tool, to ensure they appear correctly to students.
Please follow the instructions below to:
If you do not see Add Test Student listed under Course Tools in your class's control panel, you must first enable the tool:
Once the tool is enabled, instructors can add a test student as follows:
If the test account does not yet exist on the system, you are asked to create it. The username is shown; it cannot be changed. Select a password for the test account and check the Enroll checkbox. Click the Create Test Student button, and the account will be created and the student added to the course.
If your test account already exists but is not enrolled in this course, the you are shown a button to add that test account to the current course.
If the test account exists and is already enrolled in the course, you are given the option of clicking a button to unenroll the test student from the course. Warnings are displayed telling them this will delete all work done by that test student.
Once the test student is added to the course, the you can log in using that student account to access all courses it was enrolled in. The best way to do this is to use two different web browsers (for example, Firefox and Chrome). Log into the course as an instructor/TA in one, and as the student in the other.
Note that this test student account is tied to an individual instructor or TA, and can be added to any course where that user is an instructor/TA. The password should not be shared with others because they will gain access to ALL the test courses associated with this test student. If more than one instructor or TA wants to have a test student in a course, then each should use this tool to create his or her own personal test student to the course. One person cannot create multiple test student accounts. This is deliberate, to prevent instructors from bypassing policy and using this tool to arbitrarily add people as students to their course.
Those who use this tool infrequently might forget the password to their test student account. They can reset this password as follows:
Once this is done, you can log out then log into the test student account using the new password.