The working group “Mobile App Support” has completed its final report.
The aims were to describe requirements of institutions/users, discuss ideas for better mobile support, evaluate existing solutions and options for pilot projects.
The report describes relevant mobile applications used/developed at the participating institutions, mentions possible benefits for mobile applications using Swiss edu-ID, identifies common mobile frameworks, lists general requirements and possible pilot candidates for Swiss edu-ID.
Support of mobile applications is a must but not a high priority on the roadmap of the Swiss edu-ID project. Only few applications could be identified as valuable pilots since many of the used mobile applications do not need authentication or have already realized local authentication solutions.
Some institutions focus on web applications that can be AAI-enabled, given that resources and expertise for native application development may be limited.
Most promising idea for a pilot is the one of a broker/authentication application supporting authentication for several mobile applications via Swiss edu-ID (comparable to social logins like Twitter accounts beeing used by other applications to authenticate users). An authentication app could also be used to authenticate at the same time against a mobile application and its server part (e.g. Moodle Mobile application and Moodle web server).
Those options will be investigated further by the eduhub Special Interest Group Mobile Learning.