How do I install an external app in my course site?
Canvas allows you to add new tools and features by using LTI apps. Software developers, textbook publishers, and other educational technology providers offer LTI apps that can be integrated with Canvas.
Users have two ways to add apps to Canvas@Tufts: Install pre-approved apps from the Canvas App Center or request the review and installation of a new app from ETS.
Adding an app from the Canvas App Center
The Canvas@Tufts App Center shows a collection of tools that have been pre-approved by Tufts for use with your Canvas course. To install one of these apps, follow these instructions: How do I use the Canvas App Center in a course?
Some apps require additional information before they can be added to your course (such as a "consumer key"). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your course name and number and the name of the app you are attempting to install.
Apps currently in the Canvas App Center
|App||Support contact||Additional information required to install?|
||Supported by the developer: email@example.com
|Redirect Tool||Supported by ETS: firstname.lastname@example.org
||Supported by the vendor: http://help.visualclassrooms.com/
||Yes: contact email@example.com
The following approved apps are not visible in the app center because they are already installed account-wide. Most can be activated by going to a course site's Settings and enabling them in the Navigation. See the "Additional Information" links to learn how to activate and use these tools.
|| Support contact
||Supported by TTS: firstname.lastname@example.org
Overview of Tufts Box Integration with Canvas
|Cengage (including MindTap)
||Supported by the vendor:
How do I add MindTap to my course site?
|Echo360||Supported by ETS: email@example.com||How do I add Echo360 to my course site?|
|Office 365||Supported by ETS: firstname.lastname@example.org||
How do I add the Office 365 tool to my Canvas course site tool list?
||Supported by the vendor: support.piazza.com
How do I set up a Piazza discussion board for my site?
|VoiceThread||Supported by ETS: email@example.com
How to add VoiceThread to your Canvas course
Requesting a new app
Many educational software tools can be integrated with Canvas; however, not all are listed in our App Center. Instructors and departmental staff can request that any new app be installed in a course (or multiple courses). However, apps that are not listed in the App Center must be vetted to see if they meet Tufts' security and accessibility standards.
The request and approval process is as follows:
- An instructor or staff member requests a new app installation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- An Educational Technology Specialist from ETS will contact the requestor to discuss the request and gather more information.
- If there are existing tools integrated with Canvas that meet the same needs, the Educational Technology Specialist will suggest these to the requestor and assist with setup.
- Otherwise, ETS will facilitate a Technology Review. The review includes an analysis of information security practices, accessibility, and any user agreements or contractual terms. It involves several groups within TTS, including Enterprise Architecture, Information Security and the IT License and Contract Manager.
- After the Technology Review is complete, ETS will contact the requestor to discuss the results of the review. If the results are satisfactory, the app will be installed in the requestor's course site or sub-account.
When to submit a new app request
Instructors and staff members are welcome to request a new app at any time; Educational Technology Services will begin the review process as soon as a request is received. However, the Technology Review often takes several weeks to complete. To ensure that an app is approved and installed by the time your course starts, we recommend you submit requests by the following dates:
- Request an app by April 1 for use in a summer semester course.
- Request an app by July 15 for use in a fall semester course.
- Request an app by November 15 for use in a spring semester course.