Uber of Education Sector Authentication

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  • business & concepts
  • coding
  • design & art

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Blog - 31.10.2016

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. Do you want to be part of the change?

The background

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.

How MPASS differs from other Single Sign-On solutions? User attributes such as name, location, grade and school name are fetched via APIs from student management systems in municipalities.

MPASS is currently focusing on K12 student authentication, but in long term we aim to build support for life-long learning. 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 website for basic communication towards service providers and municipalities: http://mpass.id (also http://mpass.fi).

The problem

Now the process to get MPASS in use is mostly hand-made and automation is lacking. Process simply requires too much human intervention. Our aim is to automate integrations both, from service providers as well as from municipalities point of view. We want to minimize our staff’s workload and provide self-service integration.

To achieve the best possible Integration experience, developers must be taken into account. In this project the aim is to create developer experience of the future for MPASS purposes by mixing proven methods like code snippets, case descriptions and self-service management with new, disruptive ideas.

This project is done simultaneously with different focus in three Demola locations:

  • Team in Tampere concentrates in developer experience
  • Team in Helsinki concentrates in business-side and integration from non-programmer angle
  • Team in Oulu concentrates in end users, e.g. students and teachers

Project skills

We are looking for students with interests towards Developer eXperience, graphical design and User eXperience. Knowledge of service automation is also important.