Canvas - Request External Tools and Learning Tool Interoperability (LTI)


External tools (sometimes called Apps or LTI’s) add functionality to Canvas by providing the ability to link to services and content provided by textbook publishers (Pearson, Cengage etc.) or services (Echo360, GradeCraft, etc) . Some external tools are preinstalled in Canvas and can be enabled in a course by adding the tool to the course navigation or by accessing when configuring an assignment.

Request Learning Tool Interoperability (LTI)

  1. Check the list of available tools in the course navigation settings. Many pre-approved tools will appear here and can be activated by enabling on course navigation.
  2. Check the ITS Tools and Services listing provided on the Safe Computing site. If the LTI is not listed, contact the ITS Service Center to request the LTI installation. In the message, provide the name of the tool, reason for use, and the course the LTI should be added to.
    Note The ITS Service Center will send the request to ITS Teaching & Learning for approval.
  3. ITS Teaching and Learning will provide a conditional installation. A conditional installation installs the LTI in a specific course only—not for use by all Canvas instructors. Concurrently with the installation of the tool, Teaching & Learning will work with the tool provider to secure a FERPA agreement and assessment of tool accessibility.

LTI Approval

In order for a LTI to be provided for all Canvas instructors, ITS Teaching & Learning must first secure a FERPA agreement. Teaching & Learning will reach out to the LTI tool provider and ask them to sign a FERPA agreement. This will ensure that student data is treated responsibly and the University of Michigan will maintain ownership of any data. In addition, Teaching & Learning will also request an accessibility assessment of the tool.
Note The process of approval can take some time. ITS Teaching & Learning will notify the requestor when the LTI is approved.

If the LTI is approved for use by all instructors in Canvas, the tool will be added to the list of approved LTI’s on the Safe Computing site. The entry will include a description of the tool, what data has been approved, and links to more information.

If the LTI is not approved for use by all instructors in Canvas, there are two outcomes:

  • The tool may be approved for use only by the instructor who requested it.
  • The tool is not approved for any use due to data stewardship or security concerns.
Last Updated: 
Thursday, September 6, 2018