External tool - main entry

The external tool activity enables students to interact with learning resources and activities on other web sites using LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability).

1. Plan  |  2. Build  |  3. Test  ||  Support 
external tool iconExternal tool activities differ from URL resources in a few ways.

  • External tools are context aware (ie they have access to information about the user who launched the tool, such as institution, topic and name).
  • External tools support reading, updating, and deleting grades associated with the activity instance.
  • External tool configurations create a trust relationship between your site and the tool provider, allowing secure communication between them.

1. Plan

Decide what external tool you want to use from the University-wide pre-approved list:

To create an external tool not listed above, please contact your eLearning support team before you sign up for a product. External tool requests are not automatically added. Requests are reviewed and assessed on a case by case basis.

2. Build

You have planned what external tool to use, now follow these steps to set it up in your topic.

    1. Click Turn editing on 

    2. Click Add an activity or resource Add an activity or resource

    3. Select External Toolexternal tool iconand click Add

    4. Give the tool a name in the Activity name section

    5. Select the tool required  from the Preconfigured tool list
      preconfigured tool

      Timeline block: Using the 'Expect completed on' date in the Activity completion section will show a date to students in the Timeline block.

    6. Click Save and display

    3. Test

    Click on the recently added external tool to make sure it is working as expected.

      Training and support



    Please contact your eLearning support team

    You may have one of the following issues:

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