Canvas 3rd Party Tools
Canvas is VCU’s centrally supported Learning Management System (LMS). Canvas has the capability to integrate with 3rd Party Tools and are used to enhance course facilitation through the platform. The Learning Systems team manages Canvas and supports this integration process.
For a list of Canvas 3rd Party Tools that are currently available in Canvas, and have already been installed by the Learning Systems team, please see the table below.
Please note: Submission of this form is NOT necessary for faculty interested in adding a tool to their course only. The VCU faculty community is a driving force in identifying innovative tools that meet their course goals, and for that reason we have enabled course-level integration within VCU's Canvas environment. Caution is advised for any tool's potential impact on students (cost, security, accessibility, etc). Instructors needing tools for their own courses should work with the vendor or publisher to get credentials (i.e. secret and key) and configuration instructions. For more information, please see "How Do I Add a Canvas 3rd Party Tool To My Course?".
For additional information, please see the dropdowns below. If you have any additional questions, please reach out to our team at LSrequest@vcu.edu.
Canvas 3rd Party Tools add functionality to a Canvas course. For example, an instructor may want to include a study aid (flashcards, mini-quizzes, etc.) to help students better understand the concepts being taught. Other examples of Canvas 3rd Party Tools that you may be familiar with are: Top Hat, Respondus, Turnitin, and VoiceThread.
For a list of Canvas 3rd Party Tools that are currently available in Canvas, and have already been installed by the Learning Systems team, please see the table at the bottom of this page.
If instructors would like a tool integrated with their own individual course(s) only, they should obtain their own tool credentials (i.e. secret and key) and can then add the tool to their own individual course following the instructions provided by the vendor supporting the tool. Please note that this only applies to particular tools on LTI version 1.1.
If instructors are using a tool on LTI version 1.3, this will require installation by a member of the Learning Systems team and must be reviewed through the Canvas 3rd Party Tools review process.
If you need a tool that will be added to all courses in a department or all courses university-wide, you must follow the Canvas 3rd Party Tools Requests procedure. For more information about the LTI standard and its associated versions, please see “What does “LTI” mean?”.
Using the Canvas EduApp Center (Canvas Community)
Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) is the standard process that allows us to integrate 3rd party tools within Canvas.
According to the 1EdTech Consortium (formerly IMS Global), “Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) is a standard developed by 1EdTech Consortium, which allows courseware and learning tools from different vendors to be launched within a learning platform, often a Learning Management System (LMS). The LTI integration allows the student to move seamlessly from one tool to the other, with minimal effort from instructors or students. The current version of LTI is 1.3, and previous versions are now deprecated.”
As of June 30, 2022 LTI versions 1.1 and 1.2 have been deprecated, requiring that we transition tools on v1.1 and 1.2 to the newest standard. LTI v1.3 is the only currently supported version of the LTI standard. LTI 1.3 requires that tools are installed by a root-level Canvas administrator, which is a departure from previous standards.
The Learning Systems (LS) team’s primary responsibility in facilitating Canvas 3rd Party Tool Requests is serving in the role of system integrator for VCU’s Canvas instance. To complement the LS team’s role in facilitating these requests, additional resources are required on the part of requesters and university partners to successfully review tools prior to installation, including:
- VCU’s IT Governance process: accessibility and security reviews
- VCU Learning Systems: system administrators and tool integrators
- VCU community members and Canvas sub-account administrators: functional testing
Please review the current list of tools already available at VCU (at the bottom of this page), before submitting a request. If the tool is already available at VCU, but a newer version is needed, please follow the request procedures below.
To request the installation of a new tool, please see the Request a Canvas 3rd Party Tool page.