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Canvas: Learning Tools Interoperability FAQ
This article answers questions and outlines a process for requesting a Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) to be added to Canvas.
There is an LTI approval process for all tool requests for addition to Canvas. The approval process for each tool will include reviews for Functionality, Accessibility, Security, FERPA, Legal, Cost, as well as other factors. If you have any questions or concerns, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- What is LTI?
Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) is a standard set of specifications for allowing third party learning applications to integrate with educational platforms. Third party LTI integration allows the application to connect to Canvas.
- What is the reviewing process?
Each LTI will be reviewed in the areas of Functionality, Accessibility, Security, FERPA, Legal, Cost, as well as other factors. This information will be reviewed and approved by a working group of faculty members with oversight from the IT Academic Technologies Subcommittee. LTIs that duplicate current services will likely not be approved.
- When do I need to request?
You should submit your requests as soon as possible as it could take 2-3 months to vet each tool. No tool will be added until it has been fully vetted so there is no guarantee that it will be available for a certain semester. You should request a tool as early as possible to give OIT time to have it vetted. We will take requests year round but tools will only be added prior to the start of the fall (July) and spring semesters (Dec).
- When will faculty be notified of approval?
As soon as a tool passes the vetting process, you will be notified if it has been approved.
- What happens if my LTI is not approved?
If your LTI is not approved, you will be notified of the reasons that the LTI failed approval and alternate options will be offered (if applicable).
- How do I request an LTI?
Fill in the required information about the LTI and yourself on the LTI Request Form.
- Who pays for an LTI?
If an LTI has a cost associated, the cost is the responsibility of the user or department making the request. Some tools that have campus wide usage and impact will be considered for central funding.
- Will an approved LTI stay available?
LTIs will be reviewed every 2 years. Any LTIs found with no to minimal usage during the review will be slated for removal from the approved list. For free LTI tools, a change in cost will trigger an immediate review of the LTI.
- Who supports an LTI?
Learning Environments will only support campus-wide approved tools. For all other LTI support, the vendor would need to be contacted.