We've released several new features, improvements, and feature fixes for PlusPortals. Highlights of this update include:
|Added Two-Factor Authentication for Admin Accounts||The "plusportaladmin" account can enable two-factor authentication to improve security for admin accounts.|
|Added Feature to Manage Student Passwords||Administrators can set original passwords for students or passwords that are the value of a database field.|
|Updated Course Request Feature||We improved the course request feature for admin, teacher, and student accounts. Among the improvements, administrators can choose whether to display a minimum and/or maximum number of credits on course request forms.|
|Added Mobile App Macros||Administrators can add macros (data placeholders) to their emails that link to the PlusPortals mobile apps.|
|Improved Management of Admin Permissions||Administrators can quickly set permissions for new admin accounts with many or few permissions.|
|Added Data to Session Reports||Session reports now include the following data: user ID, school year accessed, school name and ID, and the device used.|
|Fixed Directory to Show Names With an Apostrophe||Previously, when users searched the directory for names with an apostrophe (for example, O’Keefe), no results appeared. We fixed this issue.|
Added Two-Factor Authentication for Admin Accounts
On the Manage Accounts > Settings page, the "plusportaladmin" account can enable two-factor authentication to improve security for admin accounts. When administrators are logging in to PlusPortals, they will be asked to enter a verification code. The code is sent to their personal email and must be entered within 15 minutes for security purposes.
To enable two-factor authentication, the "plusportaladmin" account must have an email address.
If administrators don’t want to enter a verification code every time they log in, they can select the Remember this device for 30 days check box.
Added Feature to Manage Student Passwords
On the Manage Accounts > Students page, administrators can click New Passwords to set passwords for students. They can type a password or choose an AdminPlus database field to act as the password. For example, if the Homeroom field is chosen, students will enter their homeroom number as the password.
Updated Course Request Feature
We improved the course request feature for admin, teacher, and student accounts.
Administrators can choose whether to display a minimum and/or maximum number of credits on course request forms and form sections with the Enable Credit Requirements check box. If the check box is not selected, students won’t see credit requirements when completing the form. Administrators can also now see whether a student’s selected course matches their recommended course when they download the Course Requests report (Setup > Course Requests > Course Request Exports).
When teachers finish reviewing a student’s course requests, they will return to the page of forms they were on. Previously, they were sent back to the first page.
Students can better see whether they've met the number of courses and credits for a form section because the requirement appears in either green or red. When students click Submit on their form, PlusPortals checks that all required selections were made and asks the student to confirm that they want to submit.
Added Mobile App Macros
Administrators can add macros (data placeholders) to their emails that link to the PlusPortals mobile apps. Recipients can click the link in the email to open the app.
Improved Management of Admin Permissions
Administrators can quickly set permissions for new admin accounts with many or few permissions by clicking the Select/Deselect All button and then selecting or deselecting permissions.
Added Data to Session Reports
Session reports now include the following data: user ID, school year accessed, school name and ID, and the device used. When available, logout times are also included.
Fixed Directory to Show Names With an Apostrophe
Previously, when users searched the directory for names with an apostrophe (for example, O’Keefe), no results appeared. We fixed this issue.