Canvas Integrations

Canvas Application integrations are the process of bringing data or functionality from an external application into Canvas. A vendor may refer to their integration as an “LTI”, which stands for “Learning Tool Interoperability”, which is simply a communication standard between Canvas and their product.

Integrations can be advantageous to expand the core capabilities of Canvas and many applications now have this ability. 

However, because Canvas contains FERPA-protected data and integrations can significantly modify how Canvas works, CDLI, the CIO, and the Office of the University Counsel must evaluate and approve integrations.

Approved Canvas Integrations

The below apps are approved for integration on a course-by-course basis by request to CDLI.

Please note: Re-use of the app in subsequent terms will require a new request. Instructors are responsible for working with the app vendor to obtain the necessary information for adding the app to their course.

  • Academic Writer (APA)
  • Cengage Learning
  • Elsevier
  • FlatWorld
  • Hypothes.is
  • iClicker
  • Lumen Learning
  • McGrawHill (Includes ALEKS, Connect)
  • MyBusinessCourse (Cambridge)
  • MyOpenMath
  • Pearson myLab
  • Perusall
  • Turning Technologies Polling
  • WAMAP (Hosted by Lumen Learning)
  • WileyPlus
  • zyBooks (Wiley)

Request a New Canvas Integration

Requests for the integration of a new external application within Canvas must follow the below process.

Step One: Application

The faculty member requesting the integration of a new external application with Canvas must provide the below information, along with any related contract and supporting documentation from the vendor, to CDLI.

  • What is the name of the application?
    • If possible, please provide a vendor contact (name, title, email, phone).
  • What is the function of the application?
  • Do you want the application to be integrated in Canvas for all courses at the University; all courses in your department; or, in a single course?
  • What are the benefits for students?
  • What are the benefits for instructors, staff or administrators?
  • What support is offered by the vendor and who has access to the support (CDLI, instructors, students)?
  • Provide a statement from the vendor regarding their compliance with Section 508 standards and if applicable links to accessibility information from website.
  • If possible, please provide links to the app or vendor's Terms of Use and Privacy Notice.

Step Two: CDLI Review

CDLI will review the application with a focus on the pedagogical impact, vendor and product reliability, Section 508 standards, user support, and how well the application integrates with Canvas.  

Step Three: CIO and University Counsel Review

After CDLI approval, CDLI will submit supporting documentation including the vendor’s data security and privacy practices to the CIO and if applicable the Office of the University Counsel for a review.

Step Four: Data Steward Review

If the CIO and University Counsel (if applicable) approve the software application, the university data steward may also need to review the request.

Step Five: Implementation

Once the application has been through the steps above, CDLI will work with the vendor to implement the integration.

Questions about Canvas Integrations

Questions about integrating approved Canvas integrations, and the request process for new Canvas integrations, can be directed to CDLI.