Learning Tools Interoperability Learning Tools Interoperability

Learning Tools Interoperability® Background

Learning Tools Interoperability® (LTI®) is a specification developed by IMS Global Learning Consortium.. The principal concept of LTI is to establish a standard way of integrating rich learning applications (often remotely hosted and provided through third-party services) with platforms like learning management systems, portals, learning object repositories, or other educational environments. In LTI these learning applications are called Tools (delivered by Tool Providers) and the LMS, or platforms, are called Tool Consumers.

The basic use case behind the development of the LTI specification is to allow the seamless connection of web-based, externally hosted applications and content, or Tools (from simple communication applications like chat, to domain-specific learning environments for complex subjects like math or science) to platforms that present them to users. In other words, if you have an interactive assessment application or virtual chemistry lab, it can be securely connected to an educational platform in a standard way without having to develop and maintain custom integrations for each platform.

Benefits of Learning Tools Interoperability

Resources available

The following resources are available for the LTI specifications - the latest of each are listed on the right-hand side of this page; use the View all... link to see a complete list.

  • Specification documents
  • Best practice guidelines
  • Tutorials and Guides
  • Presentations
  • Sample code
  • Certification testing

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Specifications Released


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See Also

The following specifications may also be of interest:

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