Educational Technology

October 17, 2015

Managing Student Identities in the Digital Era

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:36 am

By Marie Bjerede, THE Journal

Technologies like single sign-on are convenient, but do they compromise the security and privacy of students’ data? Educators nationwide are rapidly turning to digital learning content from sites and apps, according to the Consortium for School Networking’s report Identity and Access Management: Fundamentals for Securing Student Data and Privacy. According to the report, this move is inspired by “the power of digital media to engage students in learning that is relevant to them in the classroom and beyond.” There are two areas of concern, however. The first challenge teachers and students face is managing and remembering logins and passwords for a large number of applications. The second issue is students’ release of power to third-party software, enabling the software to take actions such as sending e-mails on students’ behalf.

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