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Google Apps for Education SSO

After provisioning users into the system (for example, through Imports), you may integrate with Google Apps for Education to authenticate users into Schoology using their Google Apps login credentials. This feature enables you to authenticate users using their Google username or email address.

It also requires one of the following:

  • The Username field to match users' prefix of their email.
  • The Unique ID field in Schoology to match the corresponding Google Drive credentials.
  • The Email field to match users' Google Apps for Education email addresses.

Google SSO by Username or Email Address

To set up Google SSO by Username, the prefix of the email must match the Username field in Schoology. If you're provisioning users from your SIS, the Unique ID will most likely be populated by your SIS.

To set up Google SSO by Email, the email address must match the users' Google Apps for Education email address.

To complete setting up external account management:

  1. Click Tools in the top menu of your home page in Schoology.
  2. Select School Management in the drop-down menu.
  3. Select Integration from the left menu to view the Authentication tab.
  4. Click Cloud/On Premise Directory.
  5. Select Google Apps.
  6. Set the Return URL to a location to which you would like your users to be redirected once they log out of Schoology.

    Note: Set your Return URL  to https://mail.google.com/mail/logout?hl=en to ensure users are logged out of Google when they log out of Schoology. This is especially suggested for schools that use shared computers.

  7. Under Domain, set the URL to your school's homepage or to the path on which Google Apps is based.  For example, if mail.google.com/a/schoolname.com is your Google login URL, schoolname.com would be the domain.
  8. Enter the Administrator Email Address and Password.

    Note: As long as the Return URL, Allowed Domains and Match Google By fields have been populated in this screen, the Google Permissions and Admin Levels will not affect your Schoology Google SSO integration. 

  9. Match Google using Username, Unique ID, or Email, according to your preference of user authentication into Schoology.
  10. Click Save Changes to complete.

  

Change Your Landing Page

Once you've successfully established the link to your Google instance, click Save Changes and click into the Custom Domain tab.

Here you should see that your Domain Type has been set and and your Domain Alias has changed to your school's custom subdomain. These are configured by working with your Schoology Implementation team or Client Success Manager. If these fields are not configured in the Custom Domain tab, contact your Client Success team. 

Change the Landing Page drop-down from Schoology Log In to External Account Provider and click Save Changes. Changing the landing page is the important final step in enabling your Google SSO configuration. Once you click Save Changes, your users will be able to log in to Schoology using your custom domain and Google credentials.  

Note: To prevent students and teachers from logging in outside of your Custom Domain or Subdomain, System Administrators can enable a permission to Ensure user logs in using external authentication provider.

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