Desire2Learn Incorporated, provider of enterprise eLearning solutions, has announced the support of IMS Basic Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) within Desire2Learn® Learning Environment.
LTI is a standard developed by IMS Global Learning Consortium to allow Tool Consumers (Learning Management Systems primarily) to easily link to and pass user/organization/course information to Tool Providers (other online applications for eLearning such as wikis, simulations, protected content, assessment tools, etc.).
Desire2Learn Learning Environment supports Basic LTI as a Tool Consumer. This support entails:
- Management interfaces to define integrations to external learning tools (Tool Providers) and to create links
- New Quicklink type to allow links to Tool Providers to be easily incorporated throughout Desire2Learn courses
- Links to external learning tools that can send user, organization, and course context information for a personalized experience in the tool; single-sign-on to learning tools is supported through an oAuth framework using a key/secret shared between the external learning tool and the configured link in Learning Environment
- Management tools to configure mapping from Desire2Learn roles to IMS roles, and from Desire2Learn org unit types to IMS context types
"Basic LTI and LTI not only provide a standard open interface that ALL suppliers can use, thus increasing flexibility and choice, but they also make it possible for the learning management platform to collect results from a wide variety of systems for use by the faculty and administration," says Dr. Rob Abel, Chief Executive of IMS Global Learning Consortium. "This enables the next generation of e-Learning for education: lower cost, more effective, integration of a wide variety of learning applications."
Tool vendors and content developers implementing Basic LTI as Tool Providers may visit www.Desire2Learn.com