You might not have heard of LTI before, or you might not know what it really is. I want to give you a brief primer on the technology and what it means for you.

Learning Tools Interoperability is a standard created by the IMS Global Learning consortium. It is a standard for connecting learning content to Learning Management Systems. At eCoach we provide a world class authoring system and LMS, but in case you can, or only want to use one of the two, we've got you covered with LTI.

You might have used or heard of SCORM, which is used for packaging up learning content and uploading it into an LMS. LTI differs in that it is used to connect to cloud-based learning content, which is what eCoach is great for - and there are many other providers of great content if you're after something specific.

LTI is designed to make connecting to content easier, by eliminating the need to interact with both systems and download and upload files. It's also designed to provide extensible services, such as Learning Information Services, which is used for reporting student results.

The standard was released in 2010, with updates in 2012 and 2014. Most major LMSs and content providers implement LTI in some fashion, though we've found that the uptake of new technology can be slow.

As of the time of writing, eCoach supports LTI version 1.0. We intend on being 2.0 compliant very soon.

When you add eCoach content to your other LMS* - be it Canvas or Moodle or something else, you'll need to pick up your Consumer Key and Secret to grant you access to your eCoach account from that LMS. With that you can connect to eCoach and choose content to add to courses without ever actually leaving your LMS.

Likewise to add external content into eCoach*, you can choose from one of the providers we trust and enter your Consumer Key and Secret (if required) and choose the external content from within eCoach to add to your course. It's that simple.

* Both these features can be enabled on your account by request, as they are still Beta at the time of writing.

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