Microsoft Teams is quickly becoming one of the most popular learning management systems used by schools. Due to how relatively new Microsoft Teams for Education is compared to other LMSs, many districts and vendors are looking for solutions to integrate third-party apps with Teams.

Since Microsoft Teams is different from other LMSs, we often receive questions about how integration with Teams works. Specifically, we're asked about LTI® integration for Microsoft Teams for Education.

What is LTI?

LTI - or, Learning Tools Interoperability® - integration is one of the most commonly requested features that schools ask for from edtech software vendors. LTI is a specification from the IMS Global Learning Consortium® that companies have adopted to provide a standardized way to integrate content into learning management systems. Some LMSs have different ways of implementing LTI, including some that don't support the most recent releases of the standard.

Does Microsoft Teams Support LTI?

Microsoft Teams for Education does not support any version of the LTI standard, including LTI v1.3 and LTI Advantage. This has commonly frustrated digital vendors who have spent time developing LTI solutions for their clients, just to find out that schools that use Microsoft Teams can't use their tools.

Are There Other Ways to Integrate with Microsoft Teams?

Fortunately, Microsoft Teams for Education allows for integration with the Microsoft Graph API. Through the Microsoft Graph platform, third-party apps can act on behalf on an authenticated user in Teams. The Microsoft Graph API can provide single sign-on (SSO) through Microsoft Teams, create new resources in Teams, assign grades to students, and determine which users are part of which classes.

The API for Microsoft Teams for Education is quite powerful. If you're interested in learning more about Microsoft Teams integration, out team would love to help you out!

Edlink was built to help companies integrate with the variety of LMSs and data sources that schools use through one, convenient API. By implementing Edlink, you can connect your learning platform to Microsoft Teams, Brightspace, Blackboard, and other LMSs with just a few changes. If you'd like to speak to us to learn more, you can email us at accounts@edlink or send us a message on our support page.

Learning Tools Interoperability® (LTI®) is a trademark of the IMS Global Learning Consortium, Inc. (www.imsglobal.org).