One login for digital teaching materials. That is the goal of seven cooperating publishers within Stichting Basispoort that publish teaching materials for more than 1.6 million primary school students. Four publishers started in 2013 to make their web-based teaching materials available digitally through Basispoort. Over the years, other publishers have joined.
Through Basispoort, these cooperating publishers wanted to improve the accessbility of online teaching programs for teachers and pupils of primary education through Basispoort. Therefore, Basispoort was looking for one simple, uniform log-in procedure for all digital teaching materials, instead of a multitude of methods.
ISAAC developed a Single Sign On solution for Stichting Basispoort. This gives all teachers and pupils in primary education easy access to their personal set of digital teaching materials. Since 2016, Basispoort has been running entirely from Azure: the advanced cloud from Microsoft.
"This uniform login procedure improves usability and reduces management tasks for schools. In short: a massive improvement all around."
Basispoort was first used at the start of the 2013-2014 academic year. The system is running smoothly at nearly 8.000 Dutch elementary schools and has around 1.6 million users. The portal gives both teachers and students online access to digital educational materials provided by all associated publishers. Every student or teacher can only access their own specific learning or teaching tools.
Using Red Hat’s JBoss technology, ISAAC developed Single-Sign-On connections with four publishers and dozens of school systems and set up a centralised 'Identity Provider' or IDP. Dick Lans, Red Hat’s regional director, Benelux: “With the Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, the Basispoort Foundation has access to a future-proof platform that offers all the flexibility they need.”
The architecture is exceptionally suited for heavy production loads and ties in with other aspects of the architecture, e.g. web services with the licencing offices that manage publisher licences for the schools.
ISAAC used the open SAML standard for the implementation of Basispoort, which makes it easy to connect other publishers and school systems as well. This allows these organisations to join the 1.6 million daily logins that are possible with this platform.
This uniform login procedure for all digital educational material eliminates the need for a multitude of different login methods, improves usability, reduces preparation times and reduces management tasks for the schools.