Below is an overview on how to add a LTI external tool in Canvas so students and teachers can access their Lab-Aids Portal. This link/tool:

  • creates accounts for students and teachers on the first instance of users accessing the LTI tool, avoiding rostering by district/school IT personnel
  • serves as the entry point for users to access their account once created
  • functions as single sign-on (SSO) so users do not have to login separately.

Canvas Admin Instructions: (see below for teacher/student instructions)

Your Canvas admin will perform three main tasks to setup the LTI external tool in Canvas:

  1. Add the LTI external tool in Canvas
  2. Test the LTI tool and verify its functionality
  3. Communicate to teachers and students on how to use the resource

1. Adding the LTI external tool in Canvas

Lab-Aids will provide you with the both the LTI credentials and the access codes needed for users to gain access to their content. Here is sample data of what this might look like:

Sample LTI Credentials:
Launch url: https://portals.lab-aids.com/ltigateway.htm
Consumer Key: 123456789abcdepghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
Secret Key: abcdepghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz123456789
Domain: [leave blank]
Privacy: [see below]

Sample Access Codes:
Teachers: jefferson-teachers
Students: jefferson-grade6; jefferson-grade7; jefferson-grade8

After receiving this info, your Canvas admin will add the LTI external tool in Canvas. Please refer to these specific instructions directly from Canvas on this process. After creating a course in Canvas, you need to create an assignment and choose "External tool" under "Submission type" to make the external tool available for users. Please refer to these specific instructions from Canvas on how to add an assignment using an LTI external app.

We highly recommend that you do not choose "Anonymous" for the privacy option (defined by Canvas as, "No identifying information about the user will be sent to the vendor"). The reason we do not recommend this is that this method makes it impossible to diagnose any issues/bugs with individual accounts, since we cannot link an account back to the user. You can select "Public", "Email Only," or "Name Only" if this abides by any internal district policies.

We also highly recommend clicking the "Load This Tool In a New Tab" checkbox. Due to Safari 13.1+ updates (Spring 2020), some Safari users are unable to load their LTI tools within the iframe in the same tab. Clicking this checkbox will prevent this issue from happening. 

Click checkbox for "Load This Tool in a New Tab"

2. Test the LTI tool and verify its functionality

After the LTI external tool is added, the Canvas admin should add it to a sample course and click on the link from a demo student and demo teacher account to ensure the link and Canvas are functioning properly. Once each demo account is able to access their Lab-Aids Portal account, the Canvas admin should redeem the access codes to ensure the access codes deliver the correct content to the user's account. Here are the instructions for a user to add an Access Code to their account.

3. Communicate to teachers and students on how to use the resource

The Canvas admin, in conjunction with school/district personnel, should communicate the following to teachers and students:

  • How teachers can add the external tool to their course/class as an assignment (if not done by the Canvas admin)
  • How teachers/students will access their account by clicking on the new Lab-Aids Portal assignment link
  • The access codes that should be redeemed by students and teachers, and how to redeem them

We recommend that you follow either Canvas' recommendations or your district protocol for making this app available to teachers from within their course in Canvas so that teachers and students can access the app when needed.

Note: After teachers/students have created their accounts and added the access code to their account, teachers can also create new external tool assignments to direct students to specific pages in a student book

 

Canvas Teacher/Student Instructions: 

1. Once the Canvas Admin has created the external tool/app, teachers need to create an assignment and choose "External tool" under "Submission type" to make the external tool available for students. Please refer to these specific instructions from Canvas on how to add an assignment using an LTI external app. We recommend clicking "Launch in New Tab."

2. Teachers/Students will click on the tool. This will create their account, but without any content. 

3. To gain access to content, teachers/students will add their respective access code by clicking on the "Welcome" menu in the top right, and then clicking "Account". Teachers only add the teacher code, students only add the student code. Lab-Aids provides these access codes to the admin, and admin should provide them to teachers. 

Note: After teachers/students have created their accounts and added the access code to their account, teachers can also create new external tool assignments to direct students to specific pages in a student book.

Additional Teacher Resources: