Setting up multiple dashboards

Firefly comes with one dashboard but it is possible to set up different dashboards for different groups of users, e.g. one each for students, parents, and teachers.

Different dashboards allow different sets of information to be made available for different groups. E.g. you could present each user's timetable on the dashboard for staff and students, but it does not make sense to have that on the parents' dashboard.  Similarly, you may want text links to certain services available to students and a different set for teachers. 

Note that the same theme will be applied to all dashboards.

1.  From the Control Panel, select Modify Site and choose the Features tab
2.  Add a new dashboard

Choose Add a new dashboard and give it a name e.g. Student dashboard.

3.  Using the dashboard icon

From any page in Firefly, go to the black bar at the top of the page and select the dashboard icon.  You will now be able to select your new dashboard or any of the different dashboards available.

4.  Setting permissions

On the dashboard you would like to configure, select Edit page, and then set the permissions so that the page is visible only to the group you would like to have this as their default dashboard.

5.  Editing the dashboard

Finally, you can edit the dashboard so that it contains the information you would like. All the normal editing options are available to you, as well as some dashboard-specific ones such as the tasks and announcements.

The default configuration of the dashboard is by design. For student and teacher dashboards, it is not recommended to change the order of announcements, tasks or the timetable nor to change the page template.

The dashboard is a great place to give users quick links to webmail, CEOPS etc. Different calendars can be displayed along with a news feed of the last few news stories.