Configuring SSO for District Portals and Learning Management Systems

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OpenID Connect (OIDC) Single Sign-On (SSO) into Adobe Creative Cloud and Spark is now available for use with the District Portals, Clever and ClassLink, and the Learning Management Systems (LMS), Canvas and Blackboard.

OIDC is an interoperable authentication protocol that lets an app authenticate users from a native app without taking on the responsibility of storing and managing passwords. Single Sign-On (SSO) means that a signed in user can simply click an application icon and access the application without needing to enter their username and password. It saves educators and students valuable class time and prevents the headache of remembering multiple usernames and passwords. Furthermore, it makes it easier for educators and students to discover and access powerful creative tools to which they already have licenses.

Prerequisites

Ensure that you have the following ready before you add a partner application as a secondary Identity Provider (IdP) to configure SSO: 

  • Federation set up on directory (Azure, Google, or other SAML providers)

  • Spark or Creative Cloud licenses in the Admin Console

  • Partner application in your district (Clever, ClassLink, Canvas, and Blackboard are currently supported for SSO)

Configure SSO

To configure SSO for District Portals and Learning Management Systems, do the following:

  1. Set up Spark or Creative Cloud in partner application
    1. For Clever or ClassLink, add Adobe Spark as an app to the Portal or Management Console.
    2. For Canvas or Blackboard, integrate Spark or Creative Cloud through the Learning Management System.
  2. Add partner application as a secondary IdP on the Adobe Admin Console.

To successfully configure SSO, you must complete both steps.

1. Set up Spark or Creative Cloud in the partner application

Following are the four partner applications through which you can configure SSO with Creative Cloud or Spark:

Partner application

SSO capabilities

 Set up Spark or Creative Cloud

Clever

SSO into Adobe Spark from Clever portal

ClassLink

SSO into Adobe Spark from ClassLink LaunchPad

Canvas

SSO into Spark through the assignment workflow or SpeedGrade; SSO into Creative Cloud through app launcher

Blackboard

SSO into Creative Cloud through app launcher

  

2. Add a secondary IdP in the Adobe Admin Console

  1. Sign in to the Adobe Admin Console and navigate to Settings > Identity.

  2. Select the appropriate directory and go to the Authentication tab.

  3. Click Add new IdP.

    Add new IdP

  4. Select Education SSO and click Next.

    Select Portal and LMS SSO

  5. Select the appropriate partner application and click Add.

    Select the partner application

    The setup is now complete. To add more IdPs, repeat the above steps. 

Once you’ve completed these steps, test your setup by signing in with a test user account. If you face any issues, navigate to Admin Console > Support to contact Adobe Customer Care.

Frequently asked questions

Rostering is currently not supported.

You can start on either, the district portal or the Admin Console. Ensure that you complete both steps.

Adobe Spark with premium features is free for school districts. For more information, see Adobe Spark for education. To deploy named user licenses to students, teachers, and faculty, see the Deployment Guide.

To purchase Creative Cloud, see Adobe.com.

You can contact the support team for the district portal you are using:

To contact Adobe Customer Care, navigate to the Support tab in the Adobe Admin Console.

The Adobe Creative Cloud app is an SSO (Saved Passwords) application to sign into Adobe Creative Cloud, and not to Adobe Spark. For more information about SSO (Saved Passwords) applications through Clever, visit this support page.

In your ClassLink App Library, you have the option to add other Adobe apps besides Adobe Spark. These do not provide true Single Sign-On (SSO) functionality, but instead are Password Lockers.  A Password Locker is a connection that the ClassLink user creates that ties a sign-in page with a tile. The user must sign in to the app the first time they use it, and then the app automatically saves the password. See how you can manage your passwords through Password Locker apps. Learn more about Password Locker apps.

If you’re using the Adobe Spark Password Locker, we highly recommend you migrate to Adobe Spark SSO, since it’s more secure and faster because it provides a federated ID through OpenID Connect. To migrate to Adobe Spark SSO (now titled “Adobe Spark” in the App Library), you can contact the ClassLink Helpdesk for support. They will confirm the type of app in use, assist you in selecting and assigning the OAuth2 app, test its functionality, and then remove the old Password Locker from users’ LaunchPads.

Adobe apps that are available with the Password Locker function include:

  • Photoshop Express editor – Sign into Photoshop (www.photoshop.com)
  • Adobe ID – Sign into your Creative Cloud account (account.adobe.com)
  • Adobe Licensing Website (licensing.adobe.com) 
  • Adobe Spark Password Locker – Sign into Adobe Spark with the Password Locker instead of true SSO (spark.adobe.com)

To add the Adobe Spark SSO app, search for the app entitled Adobe Spark in the App Library and select the tile with the red and black Spark logo and OAuth2 listed under the name. Then, configure SSO for your district portal.

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