There are some key pieces of information that need to be configured in settings before any devices or users are created.
One of the pieces of information required to log into Emerge, from a device, is the Service URL; this displays as an HTTP link with the current machines IP address1. It is displayed by default and does not require configuration. Make a note of this as you will need to provide it to the devices that will access Emerge.
Enable Service Bus?
When running Emerge via a device that is connected to a network external to the network hosting the Emerge service (e.g. outside of the school, on 3G or on a network within the school that does not cover the subnet in which the Emerge service runs) login must happen over the internet via the Azure Cloud service which is a secure method of allowing Emerge to access information remotely. It has the added benefit of not requiring any additional ports on your firewall to be opened. The Emerge Service Bus tick box will enable an external Service URL link in the Microsoft Azure Cloud, allowing Emerge to be accessible live anywhere. If you do not tick the box, users will only be able to access live data when within the confines of the wireless network that has direct access to the Emerge service. As stated within the management console, use of the service bus may incur additional charges. You will be advised of any such charges by your account manager; should you have any queries on this matter, please speak to them as a first port of call.
Default User Settings
Theme: Choose from 'Primary' or 'Secondary' to specify the appearance of Emerge to users.
Profile: The default permission level for newly created Emerge user accounts. You can change this setting on a per user basis at creation or at a later stage. We suggest setting the default to suit your most commonly selected option for ease of use. See "Emerge User Profiles" (below or via the link) for a breakdown of each setting.
Password Timeout: The time in hours at which the Emerge app will request the user re-enter their password. Default is 1 hour, and can be set to a maximum of 24 hours or any value in between. For example to request a user enter their password once every 2½ hours would require this value to be set to 2:30. This provides additional security, in addition to the Emerge passcode, to help prevent unauthorised access to MIS data.
Max Offline Days: The time before which the Emerge app will delete any local data if an valid connection to the Emerge Server cannot be reached. Default is 7 days.
Many schools and local authorities control access to the Internet through a proxy server; Emerge of course allows for this scenario. By default Emerge will try to figure out the URL of any proxy server in place but you should ensure this URL is correct and verify the additional setting via the ‘Proxy Settings…’ button on the right of the console (which will open a new window as shown). If you do not have a proxy in place, you should make sure this section is left blank. In addition to the settings in Emerge you will need to validate that the proxy server will allow access to the URL’s required by Xporter as detailed in the Emerge Pre-Requisites page under 'Xporter Internet Access'.
You may need to make changes on your device also - check out our Emerge Device Proxy Settings guide for more information.
Device Configuration Parameters
It is possible to change some of the parameter values to determine what and how information is displayed on Emerge devices, any changes made to the configuration parameters will require a data reset for the changes to take effect. This can be achieved by pressing the ‘Reset’ button shown here. This will update Emerge devices when they next connect to the server.
|Assessments||Oldest Assessment Results (Acad Years)||Current Year|
|Specifies how far back assessment should be collected for display on the student record.
The higher this setting the more data that will be used by Emerge so caution should be exercised before specifying this parameter. Your users will help specify the balance between access to data and usability.
Xpressions is also affected by this setting. If a parental enabled template that has a ResultSet date range greater than this setting, blank results may be displayed to parents.
|Assessments||Fixed start date for Assessment Results||Free Text|
In the format yyyy-mm-dd e.g. 2014-09-01
|Specify a date after which Assessment results should be displayed.
Overrides "Oldest Assessment Results (Acad Years)" for display in the app.
- NB: data is still collected according to the "Oldest Assessment Results (Acad Years)" setting but data is displayed according to this parameter when set.
|Attendance||Primary Attendance Marks||Free text, comma separated||This setting allows you to define the most important attendance marks, e.g. the ones you use most often and would like to appear at the top of the list shown on the device. The list should be comma separated and comprise only supported attendance marks from your MIS, e.g. L,U,H,I.|
|Attendance||Attendance Past Days||Default (WS)|
7 (1 week)
14 (2 weeks)
|Total number of previous days to display for Emerge registers. Used in conjunction with Attendance Total Days (see below)|
|Attendance||Absent Meal Type||Dependent on SIMS configuration||Specify what meal type should be recorded when a student is marked as absent. Usually this will map back to a meal type of 'Absent' but may not depending on your own school systems. Speak to your SIMS Administrator or Catering staff if you are not sure.|
|Attendance||Enable Lesson Monitor||Default (On)|
|Enable/Disable the use of SIMS.NET class periods using Lesson Monitor.|
|Attendance||Enable Student Meals||Default (No)|
|If you make use of SIMS Dinner Money you can enable this setting so that the morning register taking will allow you to record attendance and dinner choices at the same time.|
|Attendance||Attendance Total Days||Default (7)|
7 (1 week)
14 (2 weeks)
|Total number of days to display for Emerge registers (including previous days).
|Conduct||Oldest Behaviour (Months)||Start of Year|
|Total number of months for Behaviour records. The higher this setting the more data that will be used by Emerge so caution should be exercised before specifying this parameter. Your users will help specify the balance between access to data and usability.|
|Conduct||Default Allow Evidence||Yes|
|Controls if users can add media as evidence when recording behaviour and achievement. Usually this would be set to Yes, but No can be used when you would like to prevent users uploading media. This setting controls the user default setting, applied automatically to all new users; it can be changed on a per user basis however.|
|Facility CMIS||Lesson to PM Tolerance||Don't Update|
If set, marks taken for a lesson with a start time +/- the minutes specified will also update the PM session mark.
|Facility CMIS||Lesson to AM Tolerance||Don't Update|
If set, marks taken for a lesson with a start time +/- the minutes specified will also update the AM session mark.
|Messaging||Alert GCX Folder||e.g. "C:\Program Files (x86)\|
|For messenger v5 customers. Specify the location of the Alert GCX.|
|Messaging||SMS Provider||No Messaging|
|For Messenger and School Comms customers only; this setting specifies which SMS provider is used for the school.|
|Messaging||Messenger Version||Messenger 4 (Classic)|
Messenger 5 (Online)
|For Groupcall Messenger customers only; specify which version is being used.|
|Messaging||Messenger.mdb file||e.g. "C:\Program Files (x86)\|
|For Groupcall Messenger customers, it is possible to integrate the two products to allow SMS messages to be sent from Emerge, using the schools Groupcall Messenger account. You should enter the location of the .mdb file here. The location of this file will vary based on your MIS and Network Infrastructure typically in the format of:\\ServerName\MIS\Groupcall \Groupcall_MIS.mdb|
|Xpressions||Parental Web Site||Free text||Specify the website displayed in the Emerge for Parents / Groupcall app.
Should be a full URL e.g. http://www.greenabbey.sch.uk.
|Use WIC (Windows Imaging Components)||Default (No)|
|Uses WIC to resize student and staff photos, image quality is controlled by the setting Image Quality (1 to 10)|
|Image Quality (1 to 10)||Default (5)|
|Useful for large datasets to show a smaller photo on an Emerge device. Reduces size of Photos database required by Emerge app.|