Nebraska Connect

One of the major projects of the NNNC is the development of Nebraska Connect, a single sign on system that connects each of our schools to the NebraskaCloud project. Nebraska Connect is now available to ESUs and schools outside of the NNNC.

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Single sign-on (SSO) is a session/user authentication process that permits a user to enter one name and password in order to access multiple applications. The process authenticates the user for all the applications they have been given rights to and eliminates further prompts when they switch applications during a particular session.  That means that users can log into a single location one time and can then access any of the configured resources without the need to log in again until that session expires.

SSO is becoming a common feature of the Internet and you probably use it without realizing it.  Many banking and insurance websites now use SSO to allow you to switch between their applications.  For example, an online banking site may give you account access from one server, provide electronic bill pay from another server and reward points from yet another site.  You may not even know you are jumping between sites, all because of single sign on.

For Nebraska Connect and the NebraskaCloud, our goal is provide the same functionality, but with an educational focus.  With the number of individualized or subscription-based educational websites in use today, it is common for teachers and students alike to have to maintain a list a usernames and passwords that are inevitably different for each website used at school.  So much class time is lost due to logging in each class, either because a student forgot their password or incorrectly typed the website.   And that lost class time increases the younger the students are due to their lack of familiarity with the authentication process.  With Nebraska Connect and NebraskaCloud SSO project in place, teachers and students of all levels can log into a site just once and will have direct access to all of the resources they need to facilitate individualized instruction and assessment.  This system will work both at home and at school, on district-owned or personal devices, including mobile devices.