When it comes to the Learning Management Systems (LMS), no matter which one you choose, the chance that you can find one that meets all your needs is very slim. It seems there are always some tools in particular that your users hope are available. So, is there a way to bring those interesting 3rd party tools into in your LMS? Yes, and the answer is: Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI).
- lis_outcome_service_url is a return point to which an outcome may be placed into the gradebook
- lis_result_sourcedid is an encrypted ticket provided by the LMS to ensure that the outcome is properly labeled for the particular user, course, and link that are involved in this interaction
LTI provides an open and standard way to bring 3rd party tools into LMS. As an open standard, it avoids vendor lock-in. Therefore, if your school decides to migrate to another LMS, the existing 3rd party tools that are LTI-compliant will continue to work with the new system. With LTI, we have integrated a variety of 3rd party tools with our LMS (rSmart Sakai) here at Notre Dame. This tools list includes the following:
- Private iTunes U
- Maple T.A.
- Echo 360
As a result, instructors are happy because they can continue to use their favorite teaching tools from Sakai. Students are happy because they can access different tools without separate logins. We, the LMS administrator and developers, are happy because our customers are happy. If you are interested in any technical details for the integration, please feel free to reach me at email@example.com.