Learning Tools Interoperability Learning Tools Interoperability

Learning Tools Interoperability® (LTI®) and LTI Advantage

Learning Tools Interoperability by IMS Global Learning Consortium prescribes a way to easily connect learning applications and tools with platforms like learning management systems (LMS), portals and learning object repositories on your premise or in the cloud, in a secure and standard manner and without the need for expensive custom programming.  Using LTI, if you have an interactive assessment application or virtual chemistry lab, it can be securely connected to your LMS with a few clicks. LTI is comprised of a central core and optional extensions to add optional features and functions. The LTI core establishes a secure connection and confirms the tool’s authenticity while the extensions add features like the exchange of assignment and grade data between an assessment tools and your LMS gradebook.  

LTI Advantage, introduced in October 2017, is a package of key LTI extensions that enable institutions to move beyond first-generation learning architecture through deeper integration that ensures better teaching and learning experiences. LTI extensions are feature modules which implement a process to support teaching and learning, such as the provision of usernames and roles so a tool can intelligently address the learner on launch, or the sharing of assignments from a platform to an assessment too, and the subsequent grade scores back to a central gradebook. Download specifications for LTI Advantage.


LTI Extensions Build on Core LTI


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IMS Global has testing programs that enable products to be certified compliant with specific standards and features of the standards. For technology suppliers, participation in the IMS Global certification process is the fastest and most cost-effective way to achieve product integrations. For institutions, ensuring that your educational technology tools are IMS Global certified is the best way to establish a plug-and-play ecosystem, allowing your tools and content to work together seamlessly, giving you more choice, and reducing your total cost of ownership. IMS Global members have access to expert support to implement the standards prior to completing conformance certification. Learn more to begin taking advantage of the benefits of certification.

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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Final Specifications Released

LTI Core Specifications

LTI Advantage Extension Specifications

Other LTI Extensions

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