Canvas LTI Tools - List of Other Tools


Introduction

Canvas can be extended by integrating external tools. Software companies, textbook publishers, and training websites all make Canvas external tools. Some are free, others must be purchased. Virginia Tech's Canvas external tools are categorized here based on broad categories for publisher tools, collaboration tools, multimedia tools, assessment tools, accessibility tools, and tools that didn't fit into those categories. For our main article on external tools, see Canvas - How to Request and Use External Tools (LTI Tools).

Instructors can request new external tools be added to Canvas.

  • Canvas administrators and Virginia Tech's legal, IT security, and software purchasing teams must review external tools before they can be integrated.
  • Only Virginia Tech, not Canvas, can add an external tool to Canvas or to your course site.
  • Not all requests can be fulfilled. 

To be easily integrated with Canvas, external tools should be designed according to the Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) standard. Some companies refer to external tools them as LTI tools. Canvas external tools are considered applications or apps. Canvas and some companies refer to external tools as LTI apps or external apps.

This article covers other tools that didn't fit into our broad categories that are available in Canvas at Virginia Tech.

Contents

Instructions

Apporto

Background

Currently, TLOS provides a cloud-based virtual desktop service (Apporto) to faculty and students. Instructors choose a virtual desktop to be integrated with their Canvas sites. Students then launch a virtual desktop from within the course site. Please note: Instructors and/or departments are responsible for licensing the software made available via the cloud-based computer lab. The labs can only be used with software licensing that supports virtualization (e.g. not Adobe Creative Cloud applications). 

Use Apporto in Canvas

See Virtual Computer Labs - How to Use Cloud-Based Labs to learn how to:

  • Request the Apporto integration in Canvas in your Canvas course site
  • Access Apporto in Canvas after the integration is set up

Get help with Apporto

Apporto is supported by Apporto, not Canvas. See:

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LibGuides (VT Library Help)

Background

The University Libraries at Virginia Tech use a Springshare product called LibGuides to distribute information about the library’s resources and services. Through the use of an LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability), the University Libraries can support students’ research and use of library services within the Canvas interface.

The University Libraries’ librarians work with individual colleges, programs, or clusters or programs to provide support tailored to the specific discipline. The LibGuides LTI allows librarians to work closely with instructors to integrate appropriate research and service-related content in their Canvas sites. This information can be tailored down to the class level, but all students will have access to the general VT Library Help LibGuide by default. The following levels of specialization are possible:

  • Default Level provides students with information about the services and spaces available in the libraries and prompts them to choose the most relevant resources for their needs.
  • Discipline Level provides students with research and service-related information for the general subject area of a course.
  • Department Level provides students with research and service-related information that has been tailored to meet the needs of a specific department.
  • Course Level provides students in sections of a given course number, e.g. ENGL 1106, information that has been tailored to the needs and outcomes of that course.
  • Individual Class Level (CRN) provides students with content that is developed or adapted for a specific course and instructor to meet the needs of those students and support that class’ assignments.

Instructors and departmental administrators should reach out to their College Librarian(s) to coordinate adding or updating information for these guides. Students will have access to the default VT Library Help LibGuide if their librarian has not linked something more specific.

Make sure you are in an official course shell

LibGuides will be linked automatically to all official course sites, the courses that are automatically created and placed in the Canvas accounts of instructors of record each term. Official course shells have semesters listed under Term on the All Courses page, and official rosters listed on (unmodified) home pages in the format: ENGL_1000_13xxx_201601.

For more on Canvas course sites and how they're created, see Canvas - Term Dates.

Request a LibGuide for your class

  1. Get your course information (CRN/Course ID) from the Timetable in HokieSPA.
  2. Find the contact information for your College Librarian (Subject Specialist) from this list: Subject Specialists.
  3. Email your College Librarian with your course information (CRN/Course/Subject Area/etc) and discuss your class needs.

Move the ‘VT Library Help’ link on a Canvas site

  1. Go to the official course shell.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Click Navigation
  4. Drag VT Library Help to the desired location in the course navigation menu. See How do I manage Course Navigation links? from the Canvas guides for additional help.
  5. Click Save.
  6. VT Library Help will appear in the new location on the Course Navigation Menu.

Get help with LibGuides

Please note the LibGuides tool is created and supported primarily by Springshare, not by Canvas or Virginia Tech 4Help. Questions or issues with the tool should be directed to Jonathan Bradley at the University Libraries.

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Redirect

Background

The Canvas Redirect tool allows you to add a link for an external website or a Canvas Page to a course's Course Navigation Menu. Using the Redirect tool, you can customize your Course Navigation Menu to go directly to Pages that link to Modules or other course content, or to external learning objects. 

Use the Redirect tool

  1. Collect the URL of the website or Canvas Page you want to add. 
  2. Go to the course site where you want to add a Course Navigation Menu link. 
  3. Click Settings and go to the Apps tab. 
  4. Click the arrow icon for the Redirect app. 

    Apps selected in course settings

  5. The +Add App button will appear. Click it. 

    Redirect tool in settings

  6. The Add App window will appear. 
  7. Next to Name, name your link. This text will appear on the Course Navigation Menu. 
  8. Next to URL Redirect, paste the URL of the website or Canvas Page.
  9. Check Show in Course Navigation.
  10. Click Add App.

    Add App pop-up

If you import a Canvas course to a new site, the links in the Redirect App will stay the same. For links to external content, this creates no problems. Links to Canvas Pages, however, will still redirect to the Pages in the original site, not the corresponding Page in the new site. Therefore, you'll need to edit any links to obsolete pages. 

To change the name or URL of a link created with the Redirect App: 

  1. Go the the Canvas site with the Redirect link you want to edit and click Settings.
  2. Click the Apps tab.
  3. Click View App Configurations. Your apps will be listed in alphabetical order, with Redirect App links listed among the other apps.
  4. Find the Redirect link you want to edit, click the settings gear next to it, and click Edit.
  5. Update the app name and/or URL and click Submit

Get help with Redirect

Click Help on any Canvas screen for a list of help options, including 24/7 chat and phone support.

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Twitter

Add a Twitter feed to a Canvas site

  1. Go to your Canvas course.
  2. Go to any Canvas assignment or post that contains the Rich Content Editor. 
  3. Click the Plugin icon to open More External Tools. Then click View All to select Twitter in the Select App pop-up.



  4. Enter the Hashtag or Username of the feed you want to add and choose how many tweets to show. Click Preview and then click Embed.

    Username filled in on setup page Embed option on Twitter pop-up

  5. The content will be embedded. Click Save

Get help with Twitter

Click Help on any Canvas screen for a list of help options, including 24/7 chat and phone support.

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