At Thames Valley University, Learning and Research Support currently maintain separate Athens usernames and passwords for all students by carrying out regular bulk uploads of data taken from the student records database. The project will provide a case study looking at the impact of implementing Shibboleth in a large mixed sector institution.

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At Thames Valley University, Learning and Research Support currently maintain separate Athens usernames and passwords for all students by carrying out regular bulk uploads of data taken from the student records database. Using Shibboleth technology will reduce the amount of administrative effort and the number of passwords in use whilst improving security and ease of access. The project will provide a case study looking at the impact of implementing Shibboleth in a large mixed sector institution.

Aims and Objectives

The primary aim of this project will be to implement a pilot Shibboleth authentication/authorisation system for electronic resources at Thames Valley University. The pilot Shibboleth service will involve students based at the Ealing, Slough and Reading sites. The aim is to roll out Shibboleth access to a range of electronic resources to approximately 1000 students on selected courses.

The project will also explore the use of Shibboleth within the institution, with possible integration with the institutional VLE through Single Sign On.

Project Methodology

The project will employ best practice based on the Prince 2 project management methodology. The project will comprise 4 main stages:

  1. Investigation phase
  2. Technical implementation phase
  3. Pilot rollout
  4. Review phase

Implications / Deliverables / Stakeholders

TVU will publish all documents produced during the project on the Nabataea website. At least one presentation will be made to the members of the M25 Consortium. A case study will be produced detailing all findings and knowledge acquired during the project. The case study will be of particular value to institutions that are similar to Thames Valley University in size and constitution.

Summary
Start date
1 January 2006
End date
31 December 2006
Funding programme
Core Middleware Infrastructure programme
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