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Background and Links

Opportunities

Recommendations for eLearning Strategy


Background and Links

ICT staff have worked to provide users with the convenience of single sign-on authentication (LDAP) to access Polytechnic applications. This has worked well for students in the past when most applications and online services used for learning were campus based and limited to a few options.

Since 2003 however students and staff have increasingly used a wide range of learning services often with their own authentication systems and login username/password.

OpenID was developed in 2005 so that users could use an existing account username/password to access multiple other websites.

Should the Polytechnic consider providing dual authentication through integrated LDAP and OpenID to assist users whose main online presence is outside the Polytechnic? Users of GMail or Facebook already have OpenID credentials.

Is dual authentication a good option where Polytechnic services such as an LMS are used with externally hosted learning services?

In order to limit the number of externally hosted services students use for learning without restricting student choice the Polytechnic has suggested one or two service providers for each category of learning service or tool. This assists the Polytechnic in providing support for students who use the recommnended service - largely by connecting users who use the same service.

Another way to assist staff and students with multiple usernames/passwords is to recommend they use a password manager. In 2011 some staff and students have been evaluating LastPass.

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OpenID

OpenID allows you to use an existing account to sign in to multiple websites, without needing to create new passwords.
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LastPass

Password manager - free and premium versions


Opportunities


Recommendations for eLearning Strategy