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Selecting an External Digital Tool for Inclusion in Canvas


Pedagogical, Ethical, and Functional Considerations
Process and Timeline
Request Form

External Tools Already in Canvas

External Tools Under Review

External Tools That Were Not Approved


As you consider adopting a new digital tool for your class, have you thought about the pedagogical, ethical/legal, and functional implications?

Educational technologies are built around design assumptions about which and how pedagogies work best or support students most.  For example, an anti-plagiarism tool assumes certain things about writing and the teaching of writing and also how citation should or ought to be taught or how ethics might be understood in student writing.  This may or may not match an instructor’s approach to writing instruction.

Tools that use the LTI (Learning Tool Interoperability) standard can be requested to be included in Canvas. If approved, a tool can be installed at the course, college or institution level and will usually be made available as an external tool in a Canvas course Module.

Process and Timeline Tool Vetting Process Diagram

Step 1: Work with your college Canvas coordinator to fill out the online External Tool Request Form.  (Request tool button is at the bottom of the page).

Step 2:  The campus External Tool Integration Committee reviews the request using the LTI Matrix to make sure that all questions have been answered completely, and pass the request with the committee’s recommendation to the campus LMS (Learning Management System) Steering Committee.

Step 3:  The LMS Steering Committee reviews the request and either approves or does not approve the inclusion of the tool within Canvas.

If approved, the tool will be installed in CSU’s test instance of Canvas by the CSU Canvas support team to insure the tool works correctly.  After testing, the tool will be installed in CSU’s production instance of Canvas.

Please allow at least 6 – 8 weeks for the review of a request to add an approved, new digital tool to Canvas.

Current External Tools Installed in Canvas:
Tools that were reviewed and Not approved. (coming soon)
Status of External Tool Requests (coming soon)

External Tool Request Form