Rostering is the process of exporting your lists of students, teachers, and classrooms from your Student Information System (SIS) and importing them into Studies Weekly. Studies Weekly can automatically provision user accounts for students and teachers and organize them into virtual classrooms. By automating this process, Studies Weekly can daily synchronize your user accounts with your school's roster.
Studies Weekly can import your roster files in various formats.
There are various ways to deliver your roster files to Studies Weekly.
ClassLink solves single sign-on and class roster challenges by providing identity authentication, single sign on through SAML and OAuth connections, and OneRoster API services. Studies Weekly can import your school's roster directly from ClassLink to synchronize your schools' user accounts each night. ClassLink will also provide a central login portal for students from which they can jump to different learning material content providers, such as Studies Weekly.Connect with Studies Weekly via ClassLink
Clever offers the simplest solution to both rostering and SSO. The district syncs their roster with Clever, and Studies Weekly then synchronizes rosters with Clever nightly. All SSO options are available when rostering via Clever, including Clever's SSO: Clever Instant Login.Connect with Studies Weekly via Clever
SSO helps simplify the process of coordinating accounts across multiple service providers. It eliminates the need for users to remember a separate username and password for each account. SSO establishes a single point of login with a centralized identity provider. All other service providers establish a trust relationship with this central identity provider and defer authentication questions to it. This allows users to log in just once and then automatically access all of their accounts at other service providers that are confederate with the central identity provider.
Studies Weekly is the service provider and defers all authentication questions to your identity provider. There are many options for setting up your identity provider.
For SSO to work, Studies Weekly will need to establish a trust relationship with your identity provider and secure communications between the two systems.
Many schools employ a Learning Management System (LMS) to administrate computer-aided learning. An LMS is an application that provides a more secure and controlled environment than a standard web browser. An LMS imports the school's roster to provision accounts and set up classrooms. It gives teachers interfaces where they can post lessons, assign homework, administer assessments, and communicate.
Studies Weekly can provide its publications to schools that use an LMS in the form of a thin common cartridge. A common cartridge is an electronic file that contains the learning materials for a given course. Studies Weekly provides a thin version of the common cartridge since its materials are hosted online at www.studiesweekly.com. Instead of directly containing the learning materials, the thin common cartridge contains links to where the same materials are hosted on the internet. This allows the cartridge files to remain small. It also provides a layer of security between the LMS application and the learning materials which are hosted on the internet. This security is implemented through the LTI standard.
Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) is a standard that allows an LMS application to securely communicate with a remote service provider. This standard implements OAuth 1.0 and allows the LMS to securely communicate with a service provider which can then validate requests for content. To set up the LTI standard, Studies Weekly will provide the school with a consumer key and shared secret value. The LTI standard requires parties to use these values to digitally sign transmissions.
Please see our blog for Google Classroom implementation.