So, I have a site that I'm currently designing, and I'm struggling to find a good way for a user to Administer multiple accounts.
Basically, the situation looks like this:
- User "John Doe" has a need to administer multiple different campus accounts (That's why it has to be multiple, these are real, physical locations, with any number of people who have access to various admin tools to handle their day-to-day tasks)
- John Doe will log into the system with a single username/password combo (I don't want to force them to remember multiple sets of credentials)
- John Doe will have various tool sets for each campus, but there will likely be a great deal of overlap. For example, the tool used to add a new user would likely be available across the board.
What is a good way for the UI to allow John to select the account he wants to add a user to when he gets to the add user tool? Should John's entire session be locked to one account at a time?
In the past, I've varied between a universal account selection page that gets shown for any tool that requires the context, and just a simple drop down menu on the tool itself. I'm not particularly enthused about either however, as my users have had confusion with them.
Are there any good ideas out there that I'm missing?