Tools in Canvas


Canvas integrations (known as LTIs) are a series of apps that can be used from within Canvas to extend the built-in features of Canvas.

Below, find information and instructions for using some of the most popular Canvas integrations available at Middlebury.

Get Started

LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability) is a secure standard for third party learning applications. These tools can be installed in Canvas for all courses (enterprise-level) or for individual courses (course-level) to be used in course modules or to create custom activities.

LTI apps that have been reviewed for use by instructors at the course level will be visible in the Canvas App Center. To install and configure an approved external app in your course, review this Canvas guide.

What is the difference between enterprise and course-level installation?

LTIs are installed and configured at two levels in Canvas:

  • Enterprise-level: external tools are installed by your Canvas Admins and integrated into all Canvas courses for everyone to use
  • Course-level: tools are available to be installed by an instructor within a course using the Canvas App Center. Learn more about the Canvas App Center.

How do I request an LTI be added for use in my course?

Requests should be submitted at least 4 weeks prior to the start date of a course to allow time for Infosec review and testing. LTI providers suggest not adding tools once students begin accessing the course content. Complete the Canvas LTI Request form to initiate a review of a Canvas LTI app.

What criteria are considered when reviewing an LTI?

Once an LTI is requested, the vendor will be contacted by DLINQ’s LTI Advisory Group. Vendors will be required to complete the LTI Security Questionnaire and provide links to the following documents for whitelisting or course-level approval:

  • FERPA Statement (required)
  • Terms of Service (required)
  • Terms of Use (required)
  • Privacy Statements (required)
  • Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) (optional)

The LTI Advisory Group will review responses and policies submitted to the security questionnaire and use the following questions to guide a decision on approval status:

  • Did the vendor complete the SaaS questionnaire? (required)
  • Does the LTI function correctly in the Canvas testing environment? (required)
  • Is the LTI installable: (required) via the EduApps Center? or directly into a course site? or at the root account level via an enterprise contract with Middlebury?
  • After testing, does the LTI support its intended instructional purpose?
  • Does the LTI share data? What data? (required)
  • Does the LTI share data securely? (required)
  • Does the LTI require a budget? (required)
  • Does the LTI comply with Middlebury IP policies? (required) E.g.: Use of the LTI must not transfer any faculty or student intellectual property to the vendor. Reference: Middlebury IP Policy
  • Does the LTI provide a single Terms of Use (ToU) that includes the service and the LTI integration? (required)

Dig Deeper

  1. LibGuides in Canvas
  2. Canvas Redirect Tool

Need help?

For technical support for Tools in Canvas, search the ITS Knowledge Base or submit a help ticket here.

For pedagogical support for Tools in Canvas, schedule a consultation with a DLINQ team member.

External Resources