Participation in the InCommon Federation has more than doubled in the California Community Colleges (CCC) since a grant from the CCC Chancellor’s Office made the single sign-on technology free to all colleges in the system.
A total of 42 community colleges across the system have registered for the InCommon Federation, a service that allows a user—whether a student, faculty or staff—to use one unique login ID to access cloud-based CCC resources from any campus.
InCommon membership fees are being paid for by the Chancellor’s Office through an agreement with Internet2, which operates InCommon. All California community colleges are invited to sign up for the program; those that are already members can have their fees reimbursed.
Access To Statewide, Local Services
Colleges are encouraged to take advantage of this free benefit, as the technology will enable them to securely manage access to online resources locally, throughout the CCC and over the Internet. Moreover, it will streamline access to statewide technology services being developed by the Common Assessment Initiative, Education Planning Initiative and Online Education Initiative.
Students, faculty and staff affiliated with more than one community college will be able to have one online identity to access online services, no matter which of the 113 campuses they are visiting. Significant services developed and hosted by one campus can be made available to any of the other colleges without the need to issue new IDs to existing faculty, staff or students.
In addition to convenient access to the tools and technology services being developed under the three statewide initiatives, InCommon membership will enable single sign-on to applications provided through CCC vendors such as Blackboard, Canvas, Dropbox, Microsoft and rSmart. Additionally, members will pay a lower, fixed annual fee for security certificates for all domains owned by the college.
How To Join InCommon
To sign up for InCommon membership, visit www.incommon.org/ccc and follow the instructions provided.
Crista Souza is the TechEDge News Editor