Let’s talk about LTI integration – with respect to education – and what you should know about the standard.

What is LTI?

The Learning Tools Interoperability® (LTI) standard is a series of standards published by IMS Global Learning Consortium. LTI provides a method for applications to integrate with learning management systems (LMSs).

What is LTI integration?

LTI integration refers to an application that uses the LTI standard to connect to an LTI-compliant learning platform, often a LMS. An app’s level of integration depends on which LTI version it complies with. Typically, when a user launches a course in their LMS, LTI-integrated apps automatically sign in users. This process is called LTI launch. LTI apps may read user profiles (e.g. see if a user is a teacher or a student) and send grades back to the user's gradebook.

What are the different versions of LTI?

The most recent, supported version of LTI is LTI 1.3 with LTI Advantage services. LTI v1.3 is an evolution from LTI v1.0 and LTI v1.1. Both are still used. LTI 1.3 is the security framework for LTI-apps. LTI Advantage services provide additional integrated functionality. LMSs that support the following public LTI Advantage services are deemed LTI Advantage Complete:

  • Names and Roles Provisioning,
  • Assignment and Grade Services, and
  • Deep Linking.

Who supports LTI?

Below is a list of major LMSs and the most recent version of LTI they support.

Absent from the list are Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams. Google does have an assignments app that allows teachers to create self-made, LTI v1.1 compliant assessments. Microsoft plans to release LTI apps for Canvas and Blackboard Learn Ultra. These apps will allow the end-user to integrate OneDrive, Team Meetings, and Class Teams with their existing LMS.

Interested in LTI?

Read these other articles we've written on LMS LTI integrations.

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