Canvas: Adding an LTI Link to a Course

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Please note: The information provided here is intended only to assist with some of the common ways our product can be integrated in this system. Our Help Site is not a comprehensive guide to use of the Canvas LMS, and our team can only assist with Credo integration; we are unable to provide support for any other aspect of Canvas's functionality. Screenshots are provided for illustrative purposes but may not exactly match your own system, particularly since navigation elements can vary depending on your version of the platform.

This documentation was updated on April 26 2018 to reflect a more recent version of Canvas. If you need our previous documentation/screenshots, please contact Credo support (support@credoreference.com).  


 

Before you add LTI links to your courses, make sure you have (or your Canvas admin has) set up Credo as an app for your organization's Canvas account, as described here: Canvas Global Tool Set-up

These instructions describe two different ways to add an LTI link to a Canvas course: as an Assignment or as an external tool URL within a Module.

  • Adding the LTI link as an assignment will create a gradebook column for this item. This option should be used with test and quiz links so that the students' scores sync directly to the Canvas gradebook. An Assignment can then be added to a Module if desired.
  • Adding the LTI link directly to a Module as an external tool URL will not create a gradebook column. This option should be used with video and tutorial links, since these content types are ungraded.

Adding an LTI Assignment to a course

Step 1: Go to the course and click into the "Assignments" page, then click the "+ Assignment" button to create a new assignment.

 

Step 2: In the new assignment settings, go to the Submission Type drop down menu and select "External Tool" from the list of options.

 

Step 3: Paste the LTI link you want to add in the External Tool URL field, then make sure the other assignment settings are configured:

Name: give the assignment a name of your choosing

Display Grade as: Points

Points: Assign a point value. Credo's scoring uses one point per question:

Quizzes: 5 points

Pre- or Post-Test: 20 points

If you assign a different point value, the grade will scale when it is passed back from Credo, e.g. a 4/5 will scale to 8/10 or 80/100. However, if you change the point value after students have taken the quiz, any grades already logged in the grade column will not automatically rescore (this is a function of Canvas' system, not Credo).

Make sure not to assign a point value of 0, which will cause all student scores to display in the grade book as 0.

Optional:

Add to an Assignment Group

Check "Do not count towards the final grade" if you do not want the score automatically included in the final grade for the course.

Click "Load this tool in a new tab" if you would like the link to open in a new tab, not embedded within the page. 

Step 4: Click "Save and Publish" if you want to publish the assignment right away, or just "Save" if you will publish it later.  The new assignment should display either embedded in the page or as a link to open in a new window, depending on the default configured in the Global Tool Setup step.

Optional: Adding the assignment to a module

Optional Step 1: Go to Modules in the left-hand navigation

Optional Step 2:  Choose a module you'd like to add the link to, and click the + icon.

Optional Step 3: In the Add Item popup, for the "Add" dropdown, select "assignment." then select the item you created earlier (you may need to scroll down the list to locate it), select the indentation level you desire, then click "Add Item."

Adding an External Tool URL to a Module

Step 1: Go to the course and click into the "Modules" page.

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Step 2: Locate the Module where you'd like to add the content, or create a new Module by clicking the "+ Module" button at the top of the page.  

Click the "+" button on the Module where you want to add an item. This will open the Add Item dialog box.

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Step 3: In the Add Item box, select "External Tool" from the list of content types available to add. 

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Step 4: In the Add External Tool options, paste the LTI link for the content item you wish to add in the URL field. Type the name of the item in the Page Name field. LTI links for each content item can be found on your Credo admin dashboard.

Do not select any pre-configured tool for Credo from the menu -- this is only the tool provider information and does not contain the launch URL to open any particular piece of content.

When the URL and name are added, click "Add Item."

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Step 5: The new item should now appear in the Module. Make sure to click the publish button when you are ready for it to appear to students.

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