Sign Up with Clever is a new feature that allows teachers to create an account for themselves and their assigned students in your product with data from their existing Clever accounts. This makes it easier for teachers to get started in your product, because their account and their students’ accounts are set up automatically, without requiring the teacher to hand-enter the information. Applications added by teachers this way through Clever also show up automatically as SSO resources in the Clever Portal for the teacher and their students.
Currently, only teachers in districts that have already set up a district-level account with Clever can use Sign Up with Clever; new teachers who attempt to Sign Up with Clever are directed to have their district IT administrators set up a connection with Clever.
How "Sign Up with Clever" works for teachers
If your application supports Sign Up with Clever, teachers can create an account in your product either via a “Sign Up with Clever” button on your website, or via your product’s listing on the Clever Library:
After confirming their approval, the teacher will be taken to your product to complete their onboarding and start using your product.
Immediately upon signup, a Single Sign-On (SSO) link to your product will also appear on the Clever Portal for the teacher and all of his or her students. Specifically, the link will appear on the teacher’s Class Page, to distinguish it from resources that are managed at the district level.
After signing up, a teacher may log in to their account in your product either through the SSO link on their Clever Portal. Alternatively, if you have a Log In with Clever button on your site, they can go to your site directly to log in.
How "Sign Up with Clever" works for students
Once a teacher has used Sign Up with Clever to create an account for themselves and their students, the teacher’s students may log in either via the SSO link on their teacher’s Class Page, or by going to you site directly and clicking “Log in with Clever”.
In the typical case, students should not need to create their own accounts, as your product should provision student accounts automatically when teachers sign up.
Any new student who joins a teacher’s class will automatically have any SSO links added to their portal, and your application should provision an account for the student the next time they or their teacher logs in.
How "Sign Up with Clever" works for administrators
School and district administrators can see an overview of the applications that their teachers and students are using. Administrators can see not only the total number of teacher signups, but also the number of 7-day active students and teachers. In this way, administrators can easily learn about new resources that are popular with their teachers, and reach our directly if they would like to engage more deeply with the provider.
Currently, School and district administrators cannot sign up for applications using Clever. In rare cases, a district administrator may disable their teacher’s access to use “Sign Up with Clever” functionality, in which case teachers see a message instructing them to sign up for your application and create student accounts by hand.
Differences between teacher sign-ups and district connections
Historically, only district administrators have been able to set up new SSO and rostering connections with your application. Teacher sign-ups are similar to district connections in many ways: they both facilitate the automatic creation of accounts, they both support Single Sign-on, and they both provide your application a single, consistent view of the district’s SIS data.
The primary difference between teacher sign-ups and district connections is who manages the connection: for teacher sign-ups, each teacher individually decides whether to use your application, and can add or remove access at any time. For district connections, an authorized Clever Admin at the district level must authorize the connection with your application, and sets up Sharing Permissions to designate en-masse which students and teachers need access.
The other difference is the data that is available to your application. For teacher sign-ups, your application has access to only the minimum information needed to provision accounts: namely, teacher name and email, the sections they teach, and the name and grade for their students, along with corresponding Clever IDs for all user and section records. You do not receive information such as school or district name, student date-of-birth, student email, or student id numbers. In contrast, district connections authorize the sharing of the full Clever Data Model. In addition, data from teacher sign-ups can only be accessed on login; unlike district connections, teacher sign-ups do no not support overnight data syncing.
On your application dashboard, teacher sign-ups are not associated with any district, but you can diagnose issues by searching for students and teachers by name. See the Sign Up with Clever troubleshooting guide for more details.
How to track usage of "Sign Up with Clever"
Visit your analytics page to see the total number of students and teachers who are using your application. You can use the “Source” filter to identify the usage coming from teacher sign-ups, district connections, or both.