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Top benefits of Single Sign On (SSO) for LMS users

Single Sign On (also known as SSO) is a convenient and safe way for learners to access your Learning Management System (LMS). This blog outlines the key benefits of Single Sign On for LMS users and how your organization can benefit.

We can probably all relate to the pain of trying to remember passwords. Online shopping, banking, emails, apps and social media – it’s reported that many of us have at least 90 different accounts that require passwords.

But it’s increasingly the case that, when you set up a new account or install an app, you’ll be asked, ‘Do you want to continue with Google? Or Facebook?’ Select either one and you’re straight in – no new account or password required.

That’s Single Sign On in action. Your credentials in one place are used to verify your access somewhere else. And after this happens once, you don’t have to keep entering your details on repeat visits. Pretty convenient, right?

Many organizations are now implementing SSO to simplify the way their employees access different systems – and your LMS can easily plug in, too.

Single Sign On for LMS users: a smoother experience

With Single Sign On, learners seamlessly switch between different systems, portals and applications. This makes their learning experience smoother and more coherent, without the need to endlessly enter login details – which can break that all-important flow of learning.

If you combine SSO with other integration technologies such as connectors, you can also ensure your learners move seamlessly through different types of learning in your LMS.

Consider this scenario: a learner logs on to the LMS to complete some eLearning. Once they’re done, they see there is a related virtual classroom session, which they enroll on. They go back to the LMS to attend the classroom – because the LMS has an inbuilt connection to the virtual classroom application.

NetDimensions Learning is a good example of an LMS that has both Single Sign On and connector/adapter features that can communicate with applications like Adobe Connect and WebEx. This means learners don’t have to log into different applications to do different things.

Single Sign On combats LMS access issues

Single Sign On has been one of the biggest tools in making our online lives easier to manage in recent years.

The ability to take away any “friction” that could deter your learners from accessing learning is a key benefit of SSO. Because learners don’t have to log into your LMS separately from other internal systems, they’re far more likely to go there in the first place.

Single Sign On for LMS users also opens up access to content away from learner’s desks. This is especially important for remote workers, learners who don’t have traditional desk jobs, or employees in areas with unreliable connectivity.

When combined with a cloud-based mobile LMS, SSO enables learners to access learning anytime, anywhere, on mobile devices. For example, once learners have logged into NetDimensions Talent Suite they can access NetDimensions’ mobile app, Talent Slate, by entering a simple (but secure) PIN.

When your LMS is easier to access it helps to embed learning into your employee’s day-to-day lives, rather than something they access every so often (and have most likely forgotten the password for).

Single Sign On for a safe and secure LMS

Technology should make our lives easier and safer. And Single Sign On does just that.

Many people use the same passwords for different accounts and systems, which means the potential for a security breach in one system to spread to others is vastly increased.

When the number of passwords needed to access different systems is reduced, the risk that passwords are re-used across different systems is reduced too.

With Single Sign On technology, learners only need one set of login details to get verified access to different systems. For high consequence industries, where a breach of data could have a serious impact, this is a major benefit.

NetDimensions’ LMS can be deployed as a secure SaaS cloud option, which is ISO 27001 certified and includes a range of security features.

The technical capabilities of your LMS need to be open and agile so you can deliver the best learning experience to your learners, yet secure enough to satisfy your organization’s security challenges. Single Sign On is just one way you can meet both of these requirements.

NetDimensions uses the power of Single Sign On for LMS, a vital piece of technology to combat security flaws. Want to find out more about this and other features of NetDimensions Learning? Contact us today to schedule a live demo.