My Recent OpenID Preso

Somehow I think this is likely of limited value if you are reading this blog. I don’t think I really know that many people who don’t know what OpenID is or why we in higher ed should be paying attention to it. But when I gave this talk during an ‘student authentication’ session at the recent WCET conference in Atlanta, a scant 2 people in a room of 50 put their hands up when asked if they had heard of OpenID. So maybe there’s still some folks who might find this useful. Anyways, here it is, hope it helps. (As an aside, I was presenting alongside some scary biometrics ‘1984’ remote proctoring tech in a session entitled “Student Authentication: Do You Know Who is in Your Classroom?” My joke, which I didn’t dare make to the crowd, was that I thought the session was titled “OpenId – Are students still the same people when they are in your classroom?”) – SWL

2 thoughts on “My Recent OpenID Preso”

  1. Nice one Scott. I had noticed this OpenID event happening in the UK (and am quite jealous – you folks seem to me to be leading the pack in higher ed).

    I think coming up with increasing examples, as you started in your presentation, of how OpenID can work for higher ed is a good idea and would help make the case. Anyone up for a wiki? One I threw out to the crowd (I think I might have pinched it from somewhere, but I can’t recall where now) is around the whole repository scenario – currently we have all of these institutional repositories srpinging up with thesis and other scholarly publishing, but no simple way for people to interact with them, leave comments or interlink them. Much like blog comments, this to me is a perfect scenario for the low barrier use of OpenIDs – it deals with the spam issue but otherwise leaves it pretty open for people to participate.

    Other examples?

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