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Information about Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI)

What is an LTI?

Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) is an open standard created and maintained by the IMS Global Learning Consortium. LTI allows special web links inside Canvas that launch external tools. LTI links make it easier for instructors and students to use tools that exist outside of the Canvas environment while making them feel as if they were integrated into Canvas. Zoom, for example, can be accessed from within Canvas even though it is an external tool.

Why is the District reviewing LTIs?

The purpose of the LTI review is to ensure that all products and services utilized within Canvas are fully Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 compliant. Section 508 is the 1998 amendment to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. It requires Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) are published by the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). The WCAG 2.0 provide recommendations for making Web content more accessible. Some out-of-compliance LTIs have resulted in lawsuits against the District. One such lawsuit is described in the article, “Federal Court Rules in Favor of Blind Students.” Consequently, the District has implemented a policy that no one (including DE Coordinators) can add or remove an LTI from Canvas without District review. All current and new LTIs can be approved only after appropriate review.

How do I submit an LTI for review?

If there’s an LTI you’d like reviewed, submit the VPAT (Voluntary Product Accessibility Template) for that LTI to Rob Sambrano (Online Education Coordinator). The VPAT submission should be submitted as a PDF or a Word document attached to an email. Please do not send a link to the VPAT; email the document as an attachment. The VPAT will be forwarded to the District’s LTI Review Team.

How do I fill out the VPAT form?

The VPAT is not a form you fill out. LTI purveyors should have a VPAT readily available to send. If the LTI is a publisher, contact your customer service rep (usually the person from whom you order desk copies of your textbooks). If the LTI is not associated with a publishing company, contact the LTIs customer support or a service rep to request the VPAT. You may also be able to find an LTI's VPAT online by performing a Google search as many LTIs have their VPATs posted online.

What if an LTI doesn’t have a VPAT?

The vast majority of LTI developers/purveyors already have a VPAT on hand for anyone who requests it. This is an expectation placed upon them from federal and state regulators. The District will not do business with any LTI that doesn't have a VPAT available to share. 

Who is reviewing LTIs/VPATs?

The District’s LTI Review Team consists of the Vice Chancellor of Educational Programs and Institutional Effectiveness, the Chief Information Officer/Vice Chancellor, and the Section 504 and ADA Compliance Administrator.

What happens if an LTI isn’t approved?

If, after District review, an LTI’s VPAT does not pass accessibility standards, all is not lost. Requesting instructors may submit an EEAAP (Equally Effective Alternative Access Plan) for approval. In essence, an EEAAP provides an accessibility roadmap (including a timeline) for resolving product accessibility barriers. In other words, if an LTI is not approved, instructors must show how they will provide accessibility to students for whom the LTI is not accessible. The EEAAP form will be available after the first round of VPAT reviews is completed.

Which LTIs have been approved?

At this point, the District’s LTI review team is still processing the VPATs that faculty submitted. Once that review process is complete, a list of approved LTIs will be made available.

Which LTIs have been submitted for review?

VPATs for the following LTIs have been submitted and are being vetted.

  • Achieve Read & Practice (Bedford/St Martin’s)  
  • Auralia and Musition, Version 5 (Music Software)  
  • Badgr Pathways  
  • Badgr Pro  
  • BNED Loudcloud (Part of Barnes & Noble BNC OER+ textbook)  
  • Book Creator  
  • Burlington English  
  • Cengage  
  • Cengage Aplia  
  • Cengage MindTap  
  • Cengage OWL  
  • CengageNow v2  
  • Cirrus - APPROVED**  
  • CourseKata  
  • Credo Learning Tools  
  • EdReady  
  • Electudes  
  • Films on Demand  
  • Flatworld  
  • Flatworld  
  • Gale in Context  
  • Gale OneFile  
  • Gale eBooks  
  • Geogebra  
  • HECVAT (Higher Education Cloud Vendor Assessment Tool)  
  • Inquizitive  
  • LabSim LMS and Courseware  
  • MacMillan Launchpad  
  • MacMillian  
  • McGraw Hill New Connect - LearnSmart SmartBook  
  • Mc-Graw Hill Aleks Math  
  • McGraw Hill Connect  
  • McGraw-Hill Education Connect (“New connect” student version)  
  • McGraw-Hill Education Reader   
  • McMillan Launchpad  
  • MyOpenMath - APPROVED**  
  • Norton – SmartWork5  
  • Norton eBook Reader  
  • Odigia  
  • OpenStax  
  • Pearson Mastering  
  • Pearson MyEnglishLab  
  • Pearson MyNursingLab  
  • Pearson MyPsychLab  
  • Pearson Revel  
  • Perusall  
  • RedShelf eReader  
  • Rguroo  
  • SAM  
  • Springshare Accessibility Conformance Report  
  • TestOut  
  • Vista Higher Learning  
  • Waymaker from Lumen Learning  
  • WebAssign  
  • Wiley legacy  
  • WileyPlus
  • ZyBooks 

Does Zoom need to be submitted for review?

LTIs that were implemented District-wide, such as Zoom, NetTutor, Labster, Picses, and Proctorio do not need to be submitted for LTI review.

How long is the review process?

It's a new experience for both faculty and the District's LTI Review Team. The District has not offered a timeline for turnaround, but it's been a couple of weeks since they started on the first group of VPATs submitted.

Last updated August 11, 2020