Recent update of Eliademy introduces full compliance with Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) v1.0 spec. LTI is an open specification developed by IMS Global Learning Consortium in order to provide a universal standard of integration rich educational content (videos, presentations, thematic quizzes, interactive graphs etc.) from a third-party service to an LMS. It benefits all stakeholders – students, educators and content providers.
Educators get an ability to add an online content (usually externally hosted) and applications, in a seamless and hassle free way, to the learning environment of their choosing. For example, a math course can be enriched with online lectures from Khan Academy and interactive graph builder. A social study class can benefit from TED Ed content and Piazza discussion board. Web development course creator will find GitHub and Internet Archive integration useful. LTI is sometimes unofficially dubbed Learning and Teaching Instantly.
Content providers, on the other hand, can rely on a standard launching mechanism and provide a secure data exchange between their tool and LMS, without need to develop, deploy and maintain a custom integration plugin for each major learning management system. Implementing LTI compliance layer also gives an ability to integrate content and apps not only to classical LMSs, but also for various online content portals and other educational environments.
And lastly students don’t need to remember credentials to multiple tools and instead access all course materials and tools from one simple interface.
In Eliademy, a few basic LTI compatible apps are available out of the box (Khan Academy, TED Ed, Wikipedia etc.). No additional steps are required and those apps are available for all Eliademy teachers instantly. Users can also configure additional apps, which will be exclusively linked to their personal account. Configuration needs to be done only once, and will remain on App selection screen unless removed or edited manually. Resources added this way (for both pre-configured and custom apps) would be accessible to all course participants, assuming that added app does not require additional authentication settings). Course creator can rename and delete added resource in the same way as file attachment. Clicking on the resource will open linked resource in a new window.
The best way for educators to discover LTI apps at the moment is Edu Apps website. It is a very extensive and up to date list of all possible LTI apps educators can add to their LMS and Eliademy as well. It is community managed and anybody is welcome to submit a new LTI app. Most of apps from catalog will work with Eliademy. Whenever assistance is required, please get in touch with us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
For developers who want to enable LTI for their apps Eliademy team prepared a simple “Getting started” tutorial. In the meantime we will continue working on adding compliance with LTI 1.1. This will allows students to receive a grade in LTI compatible application and seamlessly pass it back to Eliademy grading interface.
We would be glad to hear your feedback and learn which apps should be added to default category list. Please leave your voice in our Ideas page.
– Sergey Gerasimenko
Founder and CPO, CBTec