The South Australian Department for Education has selected the Okta Identity Cloud to securely manage access to essential educational applications for approximately 280,000 staff and students.

The education department’s consultancy partner Insync Solutions selected Okta to underpin the Department’s EdPass project — delivering a simplified and secure login experience to all government schools in South Australia.

The new EdPass solution uses Okta Single Sign-On (SSO) and is currently being rolled out in South Australian schools and preschools. EdPass will be used in approximately 900 preschools, primary and secondary schools across the state, serving approximately 250,000 students and 30,000 staff members.

“EdPass will remove disruptions to the learning experience by delivering secure simplified login and easy access to education applications,” said Scott Bayliss, CIO, Department for Education South Australia.

“Reducing the burden of multiple logins and needing to remember different credentials for different apps saves teachers and students time so they focus on the work that really matters – improving educational outcomes for students across South Australia.”

EdPass gives students and staff secure access to apps for online learning and collaboration from anywhere. Okta SSO provides the foundation for access to a centralised landing page. From there, one-click access connects users to a catalogue of statewide educational apps, local school apps, departmental accounts, and local administrative accounts. This means staff and students can log in to EdPass from anywhere, on any device, using a single set of credentials.

“As Australian schools become increasingly digital and take steps to future-proof learning infrastructure to support their staff and students no matter the circumstances, Okta is committed to providing secure solutions that enable productivity,” said Graham Sowden, General Manager, Asia Pacific, Okta.

“The EdPass solution enables staff and students in South Australia to seamlessly and securely access the essential tools they need to support teaching and learning from anywhere. We look forward to continuing our strong partnership with Insync Solutions through the implementation of the EdPass project with the SA Department for Education and beyond.”

The EdPass login component is due to be completed by mid 2021.

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