LTI is a standard by the IMS Global Learning Consortium (www.imsglobal.org) that allows for the connectivity of a school system’s Learning Management System (LMS) and third-party learning applications and content. To allow for this connectivity, integration of LTI’s specifications is required across both LMS and third-party apps. Incorporating LTI allows for student single sign-on and teachers to assign, track, and relay grades to/from the LMS with ease.
How Does This Affect You?
Till now, any assignments administered outside of the LMS would either need to be manually entered back into the LMS or not tracked at all. If you are teaching a Math class, for example, and are using multiple sources of content, this allows for seamless integration with your adopted LMS. In states like Texas where there is generally a wide-spread adoption of learning platforms, it makes a great deal of sense to have content funneled through a known user interface.
In an Ideal World…
Platforms and content should be able to speak openly to each other while still operating within strict security guidelines. There is a great deal of educational content that exists in various formats i.e. text, video, assessment, interactivity, and audio. Educators and students should not be limited to using any of these. In an ideal world, even if a student sought alternative sources of educational content on their own; those activities should be tracked via the LMS to give them credit.
How can MRCC help?
MRCC is currently providing both LMS/platforms and content providers the technical know-how to properly roadmap, execute, and maintain the implementation of IMS’s standards. Currently LTI 1.1 is finalized, but 2.x is being developed with new features being added all the time. LTI is being adopted across states such as Texas and Florida (Orange County).
To learn more about the IMS LTI standard, check out http://developers.imsglobal.org.