What is an LTI in Canvas?

Canvas supports Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) which allows third-party tools to be integrated and used within the learning management system. LTIs are used by publishers (i.e., McGraw-Hill and Cengage) to pass grades back to Canvas and integrate with Ball State approved technology (e.g., Mediasite and Office 365).

What LTIs are available in Canvas?

Below is a list of external tools that have been reviewed and approved for use at Ball State. They are available in all Canvas courses, but some are restricted to a specific college or department to comply with licensing agreements.

A few of the tools on this page are automatically included in your course navigation menu. Most, however, are hidden, which means you'll need to enable them in your course through the settings.

  • LockDown Browser: (Respondus) - Prevent students from accessing external resources while taking quizzes in Canvas
  • Mediasite Quiz: Add auto-graded questions to a video stored in Mediasite
  • TurnItIn SimCheck: Use Turnitin for plagiarism detection on submitted Assignments
  • Evolve Link (Elsevier): Online tutorials, guides, and training sessions developed by product trainers and nurse educators (only available for Nursing department)
  • Grade Publish: Allows for submission of midterm and final grades to the Registrar’s Office
  • New Quizzes: The new quiz tool in Canvas is available but not required for use until June 30, 2024
  • Office 365: Connect to OneDrive as well as create and embed existing Office 365 programs
  • Reading List (Leganto): Create and manage course reading lists of library resources
  • Roll Call (Attendance Tool): Allows instructors to keep track of course attendance and customize the placement of each student in the seating chart
  • i>clicker registration: i>clicker remote registration link for students
  • iClicker Sync: This app supports grade sync with iClicker Cloud for students using iClicker Reef and remotes
  • Mediasite Videos: Create and manage a media collection for your course
  • My MediaSite: Create and manage media in MediaSite, a video capture and management platform
  • NBC Learn: The educational arm of NBC News, is dedicated to making these historic stories, images and primary source documents available on-demand to teachers and students 
  • Twitter: Embed a Twitter stream 
  • Vimeo: Vimeo is a video sharing website on which users can upload, share, and view videos 
  • YouTube: Search for, embed, and view publicly accessible YouTube videos 
  • Zoom: Participate in real-time web conferencing sessions 

What is the LTI Review Process?

  • Once a request is submitted, it is reviewed by the BSU Canvas Administrators. The review process includes, but is not limited to:
  • Discussing expectations with faculty to determine if the product requires Canvas authentication and course enrollment feeds. Due to the use of student data (subject to FERPA regulations) in some LTIs, the review process may take considerably longer than estimated.
  • Considering any products or features that already exist within Ball State’s instructional systems.
  • Verifying the LTI technical viability within Canvas and/or vendor integration specialists.
  • Quality assurance testing (with requesters) to check for accessibility, compatibility and reliability.
  • Determining what the support structure is for the LTI after it is installed.

Keys to the review process:

  • For consideration a request must be submitted at least eight weeks prior to start of semester to allow time for review of the LTI
  • A request for an LTI does not guarantee approval, see below on what is included in the LTI review process
  • If the LTI is approved for use:
    • The LTI will be installed in a Canvas Development site for you to test the setup and functionality
    • The LTI will be installed into your Canvas course one week prior to start of semester (Fall, Spring, Summer)
  • Once the LTI request is received a Canvas Admin will contact you with a checklist of next steps and be your contact for questions while the request is review

How may Ball State faculty request approval of an LTI?

Because student data like assignment grades may be passed back and forth through the LTI, there is an approval process for each LTI. The approval process will include a review of functionality, accessibility, security, compliance with University policies, cost and other factors. Be advised the review process could take several weeks.
The process to submit a request for a Canvas LTI begins by completing the Canvas LTI Request form.