Overview: Canvas supports external application which allows third party tools to be easily integrated and used within Canvas. The external application either extends Canvas functionality or add new feature to Canvas, and can be added to all courses at district, college or department level. Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) integration is a way to connect an external application with Canvas in a secure and standard manner.
Student and instructor information flows between Canvas and the external application. Some applications require access to create assignments or post grades into Canvas. This tight integration exposes Canvas users to the risk of having their personal information compromised or having campus systems hacked. Each application must be vetted for security, FERPA compliance, Section 508 Accessibility compliance, and legal responsibility. Instructors can't install external applications in their account. They will need to follow the integration procedure in order to be able to add external application to their Canvas courses. Canvas maintains a list of external applications in Edu App Center which instructors can browse and learn more.
Timelines: The length of time required to evaluate and test the application may vary depending on the complexity of the application.
The request must be approved by the Application Vetting Committee minimum 3 months before start of the term.
- Section 508 Accessibility requirements
- FERPA compliance
- Agreement must pass review by Risk Manager
If you are ready to submit a request, please complete the
CanvasExternal Application Integration Request Form and submit it with all
necessary vendor information and documentation.
The request will be reviewed by your DE Dean or Coordinator, campus DE
Committee and campus Technology Committee regarding the application usage and
funding if there is a cost. The request will also be reviewed by Risk
Management and ITSS. If it is recommended, The Application Vetting Committee
will review and make a final recommendation.