FASD Transitions to SSO Authentication on Zoom

Posted on January 21, 2021 by

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As zoom progresses, so do SSO zoom calls. Fleetwood has been in a hybrid system with two days online per student per week. Online days will change with this update. SSO is based on a trust relationship set up between an application, known as the service provider, and an identity provider. This trust relationship is based on the certificate that is exchanged between the identity provider and the service provider. 

In SSO, this identity data takes the form of tokens, which identify bits of information about the user. Logging in means the user browses the application they want access to, in this case, the service provider. The service provider sends tokens that contain information that authenticates the user. An identity provider checks to see if the user has been authenticated, and, if it is, it is granted access to the service provider. If the user hasn’t logged in, he or she will be prompted to provide credentials.  Once the identity provider validates the credentials, it’ll send tokens back to the service provider, verifying authenticity. The token received by the service provider validates according to the trust relationship.

During Zoom, which, for some students, is enjoyable, while others tend to dread it, learning has been different online, having visuals instead of hands-on experiences.

“All my assignments are virtual instead of hard copies,” Megan Hughes said.

Virtual learning can be a pain, but students have been enjoying Zoom calls. Zoom calls give students better instruction. The kids on Zoom are slightly disadvantaged to those in class.

“[Students] do [benefit] since they’re getting actual in-class instruction,” Emily Kline said.

Using cameras isn’t fully comfortable for all, but students will adjust.  Students don’t mind the update and hope it will be beneficial for their learning.