What is Digital Identity?


Digital identity management focuses on enabling users to create a single digital identity that can be used in any place where a log-in is required to access a website or service. It is not a single technology, but a group of related technologies and ideas. In the simplest terms, one’s digital identity is a method that allows recognition any place where a log-in is needed. A variety of different systems are being developed, and though they have the same broad purpose of creating a sign-on system that is convenient and secure for an individual rather than a company or organization, ideas about what precisely defines a user-centric identity system and how that would be implemented are still widely varied. Both Google and Facebook are positioning their systems to be the “home” of one’s digital identity.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • If I understand this correctly, "Feide" is the log in system that Norway uses. The possibilities that lies in this of course depends on how many different sites and tools you can access useing this, but first and foremost I think that responsive design and tracking are two important and relevant topics. The pupils leave lots of digital prints and these can be remembered and coded so that it will give information to both the pupil and the teacher (and the parents for that matter) and it canbe easier to adjust the level and type of tasks that certain pupil can do. - nina.fjeldheim2 nina.fjeldheim2 Sep 11, 2013
  • Feide is at the moment established for 75 % of all K-12 pupils and teachers. The fight for a common identity management system is over, now we have to increase its usefulness. - morten.dahl morten.dahl Sep 15, 2013 - ola.berge ola.berge Sep 22, 2013 I have no less than three FEIDE identities, and that is clearly too many. I think the system has to be refined so one can have just one DI and use it everywhere. - ingunn.kjol.wiig ingunn.kjol.wiig Sep 22, 2013
  • Feide ensures all web based solutions may have a single information universe, and puts quality requirements on identity information, as well as restrictions on use of information. - ingrid.melve ingrid.melve Sep 16, 2013

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • I think two major things are missing; 1) adaptive learning and 2) the niceness for both teacher and pupil to have one site to log in to where they can fint most of the relevant sites they need. That said, I would want a Spotify solution where there are both open source freeware and sites you can get by paying. - nina.fjeldheim2 nina.fjeldheim2 Sep 11, 2013
  • Perhaps as important as identity is the notion of pseudonymity - you might use a resource without presenting yourself, but still be recognized by your moniker the next time you access the same resource. - morten.dahl morten.dahl Sep 15, 2013
  • Pseudonymity is important, especially for younger children. This summer´s revelations around PRISM and US practices has emphasised the importance of privacy. In a learning environment there must be a place for testing your ideas, making mistakes and generally doing things that in retrospect are stupid. The learning environment needs both sandboxes for testing concepts, as well as openness and transparency. Balancing these are challenging - ingrid.melve ingrid.melve Sep 16, 2013
  • How much information follows the DI? How much can a teacher or parent find out about a student through the DI? - ingunn.kjol.wiig ingunn.kjol.wiig Sep 22, 2013

(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on Norwegian K-12 education?

  • Teachers now use a lot of time finding and writing down information about the student that is already there digitally, but out of reach because the computer hasn't been told to collect and interpret data. One example; we register absence digitally, but there is no alarm going off if a student is missing more of one than of other subjects or if the absence reach a certain level. This should be done automatically. Also you should be able to crosscheck absence and grades in different subjects and so on. With a single login, you can track and see what the pupil has done, which type of videos he/she has seen, which type of tasks, which sites and then see how they do academically or in a test. - nina.fjeldheim2 nina.fjeldheim2 Sep 11, 2013
  • I agree, a useful and used identity management system is a prerequisite for learning analytics etc. - morten.dahl morten.dahl Sep 15, 2013
  • Access to cloud services in general are important, and these often require many separate IDs. Building coherent learning spaces is important, and the identity layer is one important part. For example using information about the class/level/learning outcomes (GREP codes) enable film services like NRK/Creaza or publishers to taylor their information. Taylored information is closer to knowledge than a heap of information is :) - ingrid.melve ingrid.melve Sep 16, 2013 - ola.berge ola.berge Sep 22, 2013

(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

  • Unfortunately there is little of this in Norway. I see Khan tracking their students, same with some MOOCs and of course this is gamification as well - games are designed this way. - nina.fjeldheim2 nina.fjeldheim2 Sep 11, 2013
  • The Norwegian Centre for ICT in Education has had a working pilot whereby we added user-selected attributes to the education attributes delivered by Feide. The goal was to deliver accessability attributes to a service on login and under user control. - morten.dahl morten.dahl Sep 15, 2013
  • Feide and her friends. She could use more friends, working on practical application of the information available - ingrid.melve ingrid.melve Sep 16, 2013 - morten.dahl morten.dahl Sep 23, 2013

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