Canvas Information and Resources

Requests for Canvas External Applications (LTIs)

Requests to add an external tool to Canvas go through a review and approval process before they can be included in CSU's Canvas.

External tools are usually required to use the Learning Technology Interoperability (LTI) standard to integrate with Canvas. External tools can be installed at the course, college or institution level.

Requests to add a tool to Canvas are reviewed by the campus Digital Tool Integration Committee. This committee uses a number of criteria to evaluate the request including: pedagogy, ethics, FERPA, cost and legal contract review, data ownership, accessibility, security, reliability, etc. This committee makes a recommendation to the campus LMS Steering Committee, which approves or disapproves that tool's integration in Canvas.

Instructors and course designers, if you would like to request an external application for use in Canvas, please see the steps below.

How to Request an External Application (LTI)

To make a request for an external application into Canvas, on behalf of your college/area:

  1. Fill out this request form.*
  2. Work with your college/area Canvas Coordinator to complete and submit your request.

*Note: If questions arise, we may ask you for some additional information for your request.

Evaluation and Implementation Process

The campus LMS Steering Committee will evaluate and approve / disapprove each request.

External applications can impact other areas at CSU that will need to be included in the assessment, such as the Library, CoTL, IAC, Security, Bookstore, etc.

Please allow 60 days for the full evaluation and analysis process.