Integrated applications make out-of-class teaching and learning much simpler and straightforward for those who use an LMS. By integrating with extensible LMSs, applications can take advantage of features that can greatly improve how the apps are used by remote learning end-clients.
LMS Integration Simplifies Onboarding for Remote Learners
Most LMSs allow developers to build SSO functions that permit end-users to log into the application using the user’s LMS credentials. End-users, who are usually teachers and students, benefit from SSO because they don't have to remember a separate set of credentials for your application – limiting a security risk. The users will use their existing LMS username and password to sign in. Being able to log in seamlessly to a school’s application greatly reduces the complexity of a user trying to access the application from outside the classroom. With SSO, teachers and school admins won't have to do as much hand-holding to get their students onto the app.
LMS Integration Makes Applications Extensible
All of the major LMSs offer integrations through their API and/or the Learning Tools Interoperability standard. Integrating with an LMS lets an application take advantage of extensible features that allow the app access to specific data in the LMS. Features such as assignment creation, assignment submission, and grade passback may also be enabled through LMS integration.
For example, say that an application hosts homework assignments for teachers to assign to students. Then a developer builds an integration with Google Classroom that allows the application to create assignments and submissions in the LMS. A teacher who uses Google Classroom, could then log into the application, find the homework assignment teachers want students to complete, and assign it directly to a specific course in Google Classroom. The students would then see the assignment appear when logging into Google Classroom. The students can follow the instructions in the assignment and make submissions, which the teacher would receive in Google Classroom.
What to Keep in Mind for Remote Learners
Making digital content easily available and consumable is key to winning over schools that have remote or distance learning programs. This is done through developing integrations with specific LMSs that remote educational institutions use. There are several LMSs that remote learning programs may be using, such as Google, Schoology, or Canvas; developing integrations for all of them can give edtech apps an edge in winning new clients.
Learn More about LMS Integrations
If you’re interested to learn more about LMS Integrations here’re other articles we’ve written:
- Building or Buying Your LMS Integrations
- The Benefits of Integrating Your App with an App
- What Should You Look for in a K12 LMS?
- Updated | State of the LMS Market
- Single Sign-On in Edtech: 6 Reasons Why You Need To Give Schools Multiple Options for SSO
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