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LTI and Publisher Tools Requests
This section provides guidance regarding Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) and publisher tools requests.
Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) is an education technology specification developed by the Instructional Management System (IMS) Global Learning Consortium. It specifies a method for a learning system to invoke and to communicate with external systems.
Publisher tools are digital resources provided by textbook publishers to departments and instructors using books, test banks or other course materials created by the publisher. In most instances, these tools are free or free-based.
How to Request an LTI or Publisher Tool
Because student data may be passed through LTI, requests for LTIs must be reviewed and approved by the learning management system (LMS) administrators. The LMS team will respond to support requests during regular operating hours.
LTIs and publisher tools cannot be added until the review is complete and approved. There is no guarantee that an LTI or publisher tool will be available for a specific semester.
Review Timeline and Approval
- On average, a review will take two to three months
- LTIs that duplicate current services will likely not be approved
- Once a tool is approved, the requester will be notified
What if an LTI is not approved?
You will be notified of the reasons that the LTI request failed approval, and alternate options will be offered (if applicable).
LTI and Publisher Tool Installation
New LTIs are added twice per calendar year, before the start of the Fall semester (July) and Spring semester (December).