There are a lot of acronyms in the education space floating around lately—CC, PARCC, SBG—to name a few. And when you’re talking specifically about educational technology, the list gets even longer.
One of our favorites that we get asked about a lot at Haiku Learning is LTI. What is it? Do you guys have it? How can we do it? We love talking about LTI because it has to do with ease of use and flexibility, two pillars of Haiku Learning.
What is LTI?
LTI (or Learning Tools Interoperability) is a standard developed by the IMS Global Learning Consortium that allows for the easy and seamless use of web-based learning tools across different platforms.
What does that really mean?
Have you ever wanted to bring Khan Academy, Gooru, or other third party activities into Haiku Learning? If the third party service offers LTI integration, you can add it in!
In the past, such tools could only operate on the original platform designed for their use. It made for a clunky experience of traversing different sites and logins. However, LTI handles the "single sign-on” behind the scenes, so you never have to leave Haiku Learning to use those tools.
So, through our LTI Tools integration, you can embed your favorite learning applications, content, and activities into Haiku Learning from their externally-hosted platform.
How do I add an LTI Tool to my Haiku Learning domain?
LTI integration is only available for those using the School Edition. Any domain administrator can add new or configure pre-existing LTI Tools through the Applications area of the Domain Control.
- Navigate to the LTI Tools tabs.
- Select "Add LTI Tool". You can follow the rest of the directions in this article from our Knowledgebase.
Once the LTI Tool has been added, teachers in that domain can access that tool by adding an Activity. The Activity feature in Haiku Learning can be accessed in one of two ways:
- From inside any Haiku Learning class: Click on Add Content Block. Or,
- From the Assess tab dropdown: Select Activities.
Once teachers decide their starting point, they can follow the rest of the directions in this article from our Knowledgebase.
BTW, if you’re using the Teacher Edition, but you’re interested in all the potential that LTI can offer your students, you should think about upgrading to our School Edition. We offer free pilots of our School Edition, and they’re a great way to introduce your colleagues to Haiku Learning. Go to our contact page and click the button "Learn More about Haiku Learning". Or, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What LTI apps are available?
There are many free-to-use LTI apps out there! Often, you don't even need to sign up for a third-party account to get these awesome tools into your account. Check out these examples:
And stay tuned for more! Tomorrow we’ll be reviewing Gooru in our App of the Week blog. Gooru is a tool that's available in Haiku Learning because of LTI!
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