What is Single Sign-On?


With cellular networks covering a larger area of the globe, and wi-fi freely available in more restaurants, stores, and even public transit, people have grown accustomed to surfing the web anywhere at anytime. A thriving tablet and smartphone market means that people are accessing the Internet from a number of devices and are constantly changing between them throughout their daily lives. To address the user experience of switching between mobile devices, companies are implementing single sign-on, or the use of one authentication process to access multiple websites, in order to make the user experience seamless. It's now possible, for instance, to register with website that has never been visited before simply by signing-in with one's Facebook or Google credentials. With less effort put toward recalling and re-entering passwords for multiple websites, users can navigate the web with greater ease and accessibility.

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1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • Single sign on, apart from the seamlessness it affords the student, provides the anchor for learning analytics. However, we do need to ask 'sign on to what?', and we must be attentive to all of the ethical and privacy questions that go with intensive monitoring and tracking of student learning activities. Single sign on also provides a point of departure for an additional aspect of learning, i.e., understanding digital identity. Perhaps students will move towards a dual digital identity, one that relates to all aspects of their formal learning and the other relating to their private selves? - jimdevine jimdevine Oct 27, 2013
  • Single sign-on is getting more common in Norway and helps users sign on to the different web-sites needed in school. Information can be stored in different cloud services without the concern of the user. - ann.s.michaelsen ann.s.michaelsen Oct 28, 2013
  • It is becoming a need, as more and more online services are being used. - gabriel.rubio.navarro gabriel.rubio.navarro Nov 3, 2013


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