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LTI Advantage Toolkit for HED

LTI Advantage Toolkit for Higher Education Institutions

 

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About This Toolkit

The documents contained herein provide helpful information and sample RFP language for IT organizations and procurement offices to reference when working with learning technology partners to adopt LTI Advantage and the latest LTI core standard (version 1.3). This toolkit is not a marketing tool. It is intended to help guide conversations and requirements when specifying current versions of LTI and LTI Advantage as part of the procurement process.
 
The LTI Advantage Toolkit contains:
LTI Advantage Toolkit for Higher Education Institutions
  • An overview and value statement of LTI 1.3 and the services that make up LTI Advantage
HED Statement of Intent
  • Sample language that Higher Education institutions can use to allow suppliers to communicate their intention to adopt LTI Advantage and achieve IMS certification at the next opportunity in their development/release cycle.
Open Letter from Institutional Leaders
  • An open letter, signed and endorsed by more than 20 leading Higher Education institutions, on the importance of standards, the adoption of LTI Advantage by suppliers, and committing to set IMS certification as a procurement requirement.
Sample LTI Advantage Letter for EdTech Suppliers
  • A sample letter of language Higher Education institutions can use in communicating their commitment to requiring IMS certification to technology suppliers.
Sample Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) Addendum
  • Sample language that Higher Education institutions can use in RFPs or other procurement agreements stating IMS certification as a requirement for consideration of technology solutions.
Sample Functional Requirements
  • An example of the detailed functional requirements Higher Education institutions can use when evaluating learning management systems and similar platforms, including consideration of standards certification and compliance.
EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative: 7 Things You Should Know About LTI Advantage
  • An ELI briefing document in the “7 Things You Should Know About…” series
Five Ways that LTI Advantage Enables Innovation
  • A one-page benefit statement to help institutions understand and articulate the value of LTI Advantage to the user experience.
(Download Zip File)

 

About This Toolkit

The documents contained herein provide helpful information and sample RFP language for IT organizations and procurement offices to reference when working with learning technology partners to adopt LTI Advantage and the latest LTI core standard (version 1.3). This toolkit is not a marketing tool. It is intended to help guide conversations and requirements when specifying current versions of LTI and LTI Advantage as part of the procurement process.
 
The LTI Advantage Toolkit contains:
 
If you have any questions or comments about this toolkit, contact Cary Brown, IMS Global HED Program Director.

Background

What are LTI and LTI Advantage and Why are they Important for HED?

Learning Tools Interoperability, or LTI as it is more commonly known, is a standard developed by IMS Global Learning Consortium. Its primary purpose is to seamlessly connect platforms—such as learning management systems—with cloud-based, external, or locally-hosted tools and content provided by a third-party edtech supplier. LTI moves the user (such as a student) from the learning platform into the tool while maintaining a high level of security for passing data about the user, the place they come from, and their role (e.g., faculty, student, TA, etc.). The tools can range from simple communication applications such as chat to domain-specific learning environments such as publisher products. In other words, if you have an interactive assessment application or virtual chemistry lab, it can be securely connected to the learning environment in a standard way without having to develop and maintain custom integrations for each platform and tool. 

LTI Advantage is a package of key LTI services that build on LTI version 1.3 (or higher when available) to implement features that support essential teaching and learning activities. Currently, LTI Advantage includes three services: Assignment and Grade Services, Deep Linking, and Names and Role Provisioning Services. LTI Advantage instantly and securely connects teachers and students to digital learning objects, assessments, apps and tools for better usability and actionable data; enabling the foundation for next-generation digital learning.

LTI Advantage Services

Privacy and Security

LTI 1.3 and LTI Advantage are the first standards to leverage the new IMS Security Framework adopts the industry standard protocol IETF OAuth 2.0 for authentication services along with JSON Web Tokens (JWT) for secure message signing and adopts the Open ID Connect workflow paradigm. Learn more about LTI Advantage Security.

IMS Certification

To ensure that your educational technology ecosystem is interoperable, it is recommended that you require IMS Global conformance certification as part of your procurement process and RFP documents.

What is the difference between IMS certified LTI and LTI Advantage platforms and tools, and those that claim to "conform" to the LTI and LTI Advantage standards? 

Are your suppliers IMS certified image

To become LTI Advantage Certified and be listed in the IMS Product Directory (imscert.org) a product must pass a series of situational and operational test conditions, including actual security operations. Any system may purport to have adopted the current versions of LTI and LTI Advantage standards, however, this does not mean that the system has been tested and certified by IMS. IMS certification requirements for LTI and LTI Advantage ensure that the integrations:
  • Have successfully implemented LTI Advantage security policies,
  • Are interoperable with other LTI Advantage certified tools and/or platforms, and
  • Correctly implement LTI Advantage prescribed standards and services.
If you experience an interoperability issue with a product listed in the IMS product directory IMS Global will work with the supplier to resolve the problem. If a product is not listed in the directory it has either not passed IMS certification testing or its certification has expired.
 
When a product completes certification testing for LTI 1.3 core and all three LTI Advantage services it will be recognized as LTI Advantage Complete. LTI Advantage Complete certification is required for learning platforms and available for tools. Any tool that completes certification for LTI 1.3 core and either one or two services is considered LTI Advantage Certified. Products with only the LTI Advantage designation may be working toward LTI Advantage Complete certification or do not support all of the feature services.