This idea is to give the test student view a drop down menu of current students in the banner that identifies the view as the test student. When a specific student is selected from the drop down menu, the test student should mirror that students progress through module requirements, view of actual feedback on real assignments, and grades. When the student view is turned off, the test student's grades and progress should remain the most recently mirrored data.
The result will allow faculty to more directly test any problems students report while in student view, and then back in their normal view they can also enter possible future scores into the test student to use when counseling students who are struggling with their grades.
Two reasons why this matters:
Although "Real" student view has been marked complete, instructors are still not able to interact as the test student with external tools such as Lockdown browser. As a result, we cannot test anything past the first module requirement to take a quiz in lockdown browser. This is a problem because instructors are the first level of support when students have problems in canvas. As many reports as canvas receives, and as often as instructors tell students to go directly to canvas chat, many students come to their teacher first for trouble shooting. Not being able to check what is working limits our ability to respond. This specific "real" student view would allow us to start with exactly the progress the student with difficulties has made so far - without actually acting as that student since the test student would be a mirrored record.
Also, when counseling a student who is struggling with their grades, it is helpful to be able to enter scores for the test student that match the actual student's progress, and then fill in the remainder of the test students scores with "what if" scores. This provides a calculation of future possible scores to share with students without actually requiring changes to the students real scores. However, towards the end of the semester, when this is most relevant, there are a lot of early grades to copy into the test student and errors are easily made when scrolling through a long gradebook copying scores from a student down to the test student for every assignment. Being able to quickly turn on student view, mirror the student, and find the test student auto-filled with the mirrored student's scores upon return to normal view would make this process faster, easier, and more accurate.