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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 2.1 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 2.1 provides 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 Review an LTI for Accessibility?

The Requestor must review the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) (opens Word) or other relevant accessibility conformance documentation provided by the vendor and list accessibility barriers as part of the Documentation Checklist in the LACCD Accessibility Review and Equally Effective Alternate Access Plan Form (opens Word). Then, for the identified accessibility barriers, the Equally Effective Alternate Access Plan (EEAAP), must be completed fully by the Requestor of the ICT product or service, in collaboration with the relevant offices.

What Information is Required?

About the instructional needs that must be met (not product specific information): 
  • Purpose and use 
  • Annual number and types of users 
  • Frequency and context of use 
  • Length of use. 
About the specific product requested: 
  • Comparison of products 
  • Reason selected. 
For the accessibility review: 
  • Each item reported by the vendor in the WCAG 2.0 or 2.1 A and AA tables as Partially Supports, Supports with Exceptions, or Does Not Support. 
For an EEAAP: 
  • Description of each accessibility issue 
  • Alternative solution for each accessibility issue 
  • Required resources to implement each alternative solution 
  • Responsible department for each alternative solution. 

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 District ADA Compliance Officer.

How Long is the Review Process?

The length of the review process will depend on the number of requests, but please allow at least 6-8 weeks for accessibility documentation to be reviewed.

Additional Questions?

Please contact City's Online Education Coordinator, Christine Gengaro, if you have any additional questions.

Last updated November 29, 2021