Uber of Education sector authentication


Ministry of Education and Culture

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  • business & concepts
  • coding
  • design & art
  • education
  • governance
  • media & communications
  • social science

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The brief

Username/password hell is an everyday problem in schools everywhere. Ministry of Education and Culture in Finland is about to change the way authentication is experienced in education sector to a whole new level. By utilizing services such as Facebook and Twitter with its national MPASS authentication solution the system will streamline education services. Do you want to be part of the change?

The background

MPASS is currently focusing on K12 student authentication, but in the long term we aim to build support for life-long learning. The aim is to provide national level authentication as a service for everyone from kindergarten to universities. MPASS is strategic level service for the Ministry of Education and Culture and thus given high importance. We currently have a website for basic communication towards service providers and municipalities: http://mpass.id (also http://mpass.fi).

The problem

The national MPASS authentication solution is user and role management as a service for education sector operators. Currently MPASS has around 360 000 users and aim is to raise user base to 800 000 by summer 2017. Now the process to get MPASS in use is mostly hand-made and automation is lacking. The process simply requires too much human intervention. Our aim is to automate integrations both for service providers as well as for municipalities. We want to minimize our staff’s workload and provide self-service integration. To achieve the best possible Integration experience, the decision makers should understand how the integration process works from the start to the end. In this project the aim is to create a service, where non-programmers involved in MPASS integration can easily understand the whole process and stay up-to-date even after the project is transferred to programmers. How to make everything as seamless and effortless as possible? This project is done simultaneously with a different focus in three Demola locations: - Team in Tampere concentrates on the developer experience - Team in Helsinki concentrates on integration from non-programmer angle - Team in Oulu concentrates on end users, e.g. students and teachers