At the IMS Global Learning Impact Leadership Institute in San Diego on May 23, Penn State Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) was awarded the 2019 Learning Tool Interoperability (LTI) Advantage Contributors Institutional Leadership Award. Terry O’Heron, TLT director of operations; Tony Anderson, learning tools and learning management system manager; and Kristen Lytle, learning tools project manager, were on hand to receive the award.
“We focus so strongly on working with vendors who have LTI Advantage standard-certified products because it expedites the process of approving learning tools requests from Penn State’s faculty, colleges, and campuses,” said O’Heron. “It’s an honor to be recognized for our work in integrating certified learning tools with Canvas because it means we’re doing the best we can for our faculty and students.”
TLT, part of Penn State IT, asks all of its learning tools vendors to certify their products within the LTI Advantage standard because it allows for the most secure and seamless integration with Penn State’s learning management system, Canvas. This attention to excellence ensures the best possible user experience for students and faculty, which earned Penn State IT recognition from the IMS Global community.
Currently, Penn State has 15 third-party integrations using LTI with Canvas. Among them are Turnitin, Voice Thread, Examity and Kaltura.
IMS Global is a learning consortium that works to “advance technology that can affordably scale and improve educational participation and attainment.” Penn State is one of IMS Global’s 524 members who hail from 22 countries around the world. The group’s development of interoperability standards for education technology intends to create the best possible ecosystem for integrating products and tools into educational enterprise systems.