There are two ways to perform user authentication in SameGoal.
Application username/password. By default, users are authenticated using a SameGoal application username and password.
LDAP (Active Directory, eDirectory, etc). LDAP is an alternative means of authentication that uses a central server already installed at your district. When SameGoal is configured for LDAP authentication and a user logs in, the username and password are sent directly to your district server. The server then sends back only a Yes/No answer as to whether authentication succeeded. SameGoal does not store a password when a user authenticates using LDAP.
Things to consider when evaluating whether to configure LDAP:
Each username in SameGoal must match the username for the user in your district central server (most commonly, this is each user's email username)
If your district LDAP server goes down, users will be unable to log into SameGoal (same as other district services)
If you choose to enable LDAP, SameGoal allows you to opt-out individual users from LDAP authentication if necessary (eg. if the user is a related service provider with a district LDAP account). An option will appear when you add or update users while your district uses LDAP.
To modify your district authentication method:
Visit Settings > Technical Settings.
Locate Authentication. Select the desired method. If LDAP, you must first configure LDAP before entering necessary LDAP information.