Overview

Tools for teaching and learning are periodically reviewed and installed in the e-Learning system. These tools, called Learning Tool Integrations (LTIs), can expand a broad range of functions within a course, from delivering publisher content (such as a textbook integration), to facilitating collaboration (Office 365 and Google Suite), and to adding new grading or assignment options (such as VoiceThread or Perusall).

Which Tools are Available 

Visit our Available Tools page to learn about each of the LTIs already enabled within e-Learning in Canvas.

Request a New Tool

As new tools are released, they must go through a formal review process to ensure they are properly and ethically storing student data and will be reliable for faculty and students to use. The request process below explains how to submit a new LTI for review and possible implementation in Canvas.

Step 1: Request

- Initial Review (eLs/CITT)

- Classification

Step 2: Assessment

- Risk Assessment

- Contracting

Step 3: Implementation

- Quality Assurance

Step 1: Request

Before requesting that an LTI be reviewed, first, check the list of Available Tools to confirm that the tool is not available already. It is also helpful to filter the list based on tags for intended use to see if a similar tool is already available.

If the tool or an alternative is not already available, consider requesting a consultation with an instructional designer or educational technologist to discuss the tool and to learn whether UF has an existing relationship with that vendor. If there is a cost associated with the tool, discuss funding with the appropriate department or college before making the request.

Locate the website for the vendor, along with their contact information (name, email address, and phone number), and then Submit a Request.

Once a request is submitted, eLS and the CITT will evaluate the tool for intended use, cost, support availability, and accessibility.

Step 2: Assessment

Once a request is made, the tool will undergo a risk assessment which may include a review by Treasury Management, Privacy Office, Procurement, Office of Research including the IRB, General Counsel, and UFIT Security. eLearning Support will coordinate this process and will update the requestor monthly about the assessment status until a decision has been made.

The assessment period varies depending on the responsiveness of the vendor and the type of data the tool uses. Some reviews may take several weeks, but it is typical for a review to take several months. Consider using this time to consult with an instructional designer to make a plan for adapting existing assessments for use with this tool, or to determine the best way to maintain the accessibility of course content. eLearning Support will send a notification of status changes and will update the status on the List of Approved LTIs.

Step 3: Implementation 

When the assessment is completed, eLearning Support will share the decision and next steps. If a tool is approved, it will be tested in Canvas and will then be enabled in the course(s) and/or department(s) requested and the tool will be added to the list of Available Tools. If appropriate, a semester-long pilot may be run before making the tool available to the entire university.