Last week the IMS Global Learning Consortium announced its certification of the Basic LTI 1.1 standard, and at this week’s IMS Learning Impact conference in Toronto you’ll hear much more from the standards organization about this new standard. For those of you not familiar, LTI stands for Learning Tools Interoperability. The LTI standard allows for third-party tool providers to easily plug their applications into Blackboard Learn and other learning management systems. I’m a musician at heart, so when I explain LTI I often use Noteflight as an example. Noteflight is an online music writing application that lets you create, view, print and hear music notation with professional quality, right in your web browser. Since Noteflight supports the LTI standard, a music teacher can create composition-based assignment and grade the assignment all within Blackboard Learn. That’s just one example! The LTI standard has been used by educators to integrate content from other providers into their courses creating truly rich course content. At Blackboard we’ve prided ourselves on rapid implementation of IMS standards, and Basic LTI 1.1 is no different. Blackboard’s support of IMS open standards demonstrates a continuing commitment to creating a learning management system devoted to interoperability and openness. We continue to work with the IMS Global Consortium to expand standards support in our software and lead in the establishment of other industry standards. “IMS has done a tremendous job leading the development of new standards that make education technology more powerful for users,” said Jessica Finnefrock, Senior Vice President of Product Development, Blackboard Learn. “We are pleased to partner with IMS in the definition and implementation of new standards such as IMS Basic LTI. Our Basic LTI certification creates a great opportunity for commercial and client developers to reduce the cost of development of new tools and, of course, increases the number of rich educational tools for faculty and students. We look forward to continuing our work to promote the adoption and use of the LTI standard and LTI tools across the industry.” For those adventurous types that would like to create your own Basic LTI tools, or if you have a hosted Java-based learning tool, we have an open source Java library called the BLTI Sandwhich that allows you easily integrate your tools with Blackboard Learn. For the non-programmers, Basic LTI can help instructors and instructional designers create extraordinary course content. If you are interested in learning more about the capabilities of the new Basic LTI 1.1 standard click here. The Basic LTI standard offers a great way to incorporate rich content into your courses. Take a look at some of the resources that I’ve shared in this post and you’ll be on your way!

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  • Mary Madsen

    Glad to see Blackboard expanding its functionality. It hasn’t always worked perfectly for me but I have appreciated its benefits and the strides its making in its progress. 

  • Nico

    So, when will LTI 1.1 be available in Blackboard?