System Management of External Tools (Enterprise)

External Tools


External Tools (LTI) can be added inside of folders in courses for access to other web-based resources. As a System Administrator, you may also add External Tools at the system-level to make easier the management of credentials, such as Consumer Keys, Secrets, and other settings.

 

What is LTI?


Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) is a sign-on standard that allows access to web-based resources from a growing number of LTI compliant vendors.

Schoology’s LTI integration allows these cross-vendor resources to be accessed throughout the platform and viewed directly on the platform.

  1. As a System Administrator, go to System Settings > Integration > External Tools.
  2. Click on the Add External Tool Providers button.
  3. Fill out the Add External Tool Provider form.
    • Enter a Tool Name.
    • Consumer Keys and Shared Secrets may be provided to you by the content provider that is hosting the external tool as an added level of security.
    • Privacy settings allow you to determine what information is sent from Schoology to the external tool provider (the only types of information that can be sent are Name and Email of the user who launches the tool).
    • Configuration Type allows you to choose how you want to set up the provider.
      • Manual (choose this option unless you are linking to an XML file).
        • Match By allows you to select how you want the provider settings (consumer key, shared secret, privacy) to be automatically set for each external tool in the course.
          • Domain – Selecting this option means that when an external tool is added to a course, if the URL contains the domain of a provider, the provider settings will automatically be set for that item.
          • URL – Selecting this option means that when an external tool is added to a course, if you select the provider from the list, the URL field will automatically be populated.
        • Domain/URL is the domain or URL of the provider (details are specific above in the Match By section).
        • Custom parameters can be set for each provider.
      • URL/XML (choose this option if you are trying to set up a provider based on a link to an XML file).
        • URL/XML allows you to provide a URL to an XML file or to input directly as XML.
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