Council supports learning with banking technology

Oxfordshire County Council is securing and managing online access to educational resources for over 100,000 people with technology originally used by...

Oxfordshire County Council is securing and managing online access to educational resources for over 100,000 people with technology originally used by banks.

The council is using a java application from software developer and compliance specialist, Pirean, to meet its obligation of providing digital learning services while meeting data protection regulations.

About 85,000 students and 15,000 council staff will have access to resources at over 280 educational facilities.

The software allows the council to manage access centrally and enables user groups such as schools or teachers to manage their own accounts. Mike Cartwright, CTO at Pirean, said this will keep the overhead of managing accounts down while ensuring control is at the county council level.

The software can also be used to help the council meet the requirements of Government Connect, a project to link local and central government through the Government Connect Secure Extranet.

The software was originally designed for large financial institutions to secure and audit access to hundreds of applications for up to hundreds of thousands of users.

"The worlds of education and banking may appear to be quite different, but the needs of managers and staff actually mirror the relationship between teachers and pupils when it comes to providing access to applications - whether that's a brokerage system or an e-learning platform, the processes are very similar," said Cartwright.

Stephan Conaway, head of ICT services at Oxfordshire County Council, said it chose Compliance:One software because it can integrate with the systems it uses from Capita, Citrix and RM, which are "vital for our delivery of e-learning".

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