Identity technologies: a new groundwork for Personal Learning Environments
José Alfonso Accino, Victoriano Giralt and Manuel Cebrián, University of Málaga, Spain
That’s because most common VLEs nowadays focus yet on a “tool-centred design”, becoming specific universes each with its own access rules, resources management and so on. This approach leads to an endless race or “kitchen sink syndrome” without any real innovation on learning and teaching practices, opening a deeper gap with the outside, real user’s world every day.
Our approach emphasises on moving from VLEs towards user centred, fuzzy limits platforms, or, true Personal Learning Environments. In order to achiveve this, one needs to require to find the most appropriate architectures for putting the user in the middle of its experiences, which, from a design point of view, leads to identity centred architectures.
This proposal builds upon a set of existing tools: interoperability is given by OSID-OKI (Open Service Interface Definitions) while for identity issues makes use of two well known technologies: PAPI (Point of Access to Providers of Information), developed by the Spanish NREN (RedIRIS), and SimpleSAMLphp, a clever library for SAML 2 SP and IdP, developed by the Norwegian NREN (Uninett).