What is LTI and why should I use it?

Updated Apr 20, 2021

What is LTI?

LTI is the way SI Cloud connects to your institution's LMS to allow for automatic data transfers and account set up. LTI creates a seamless experience for you and your students to use your Science Interactive lab course alongside your LMS course.

Terms and Definitions
  • LTI: Learning Tools Interoperability
  • LMS: Learning Management System (such as Canvas, Blackboard, Moodle, Sakai, etc.)
  • SI Cloud: The award-winning learning platform used by Science Interactive to offer your distance lab courses. The SI Cloud was created by scientists specifically for distance science instruction.
  • External/Virtual Learning Tools: External learning tools or virtual learning tools are what some LMS's call LTI tools like the SI Cloud.

Why should I choose LTI for my Science Interactive courses?

  • Single-Sign On: When you use LTI, students don't have to manually enroll in the SI Cloud course. Instead, they are automatically enrolled when they access the Cloud course from your LMS.
  • Automatic grade transfer: When you use LTI, all student grades in the SI Cloud transfer automatically to the gradebook in your LMS, so you don't have to manually transfer grades or require students to submit PDFs of their lessons.
  • Streamlined set up every semester: If you use the master hook to set up your LTI connection, you only have to work with the course hooks one time.
    • For every semester or section after the first one, you can create new SI Cloud sections right from your LMS and all the lesson hooks will be connected automatically. 
    • This means you don't have to worry about updating enrollment links every semester or focus on anything but what you do best: teaching lab science.

Ready to get started?

We know LTI might sound complicated at first, but trust us: it's really a simple process! We have written easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions specific to all the major LMS's to walk you through the set up process.

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