How do I create activities with Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI)?

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LTI specification establishes a way to integrate external learning applications, like Turnitin and ALEKS, with Buzz.

If you want to create a Turnitin activity: How do I create a Turnitin activity?

In order to create activities with LTI, the LTI service must provide you with:

  • The website to which you should point the activity.
  • An LTI Key and LTI Secret or an LTI Configuration XML. If the LTI is configured at the Domain, you don't need to use this here.

Add the activity

  1. Add an activity to the desired folder and choose the Custom Activity type.
  2. In the Custom Activity editor, select Website under the Content card of the Activity tab.
  3. In the field below, enter the provide the URL provided by the LTI service you're using.
  4. Check the Digitally sign the request for LTI box and:
    • Enter the Key and Secret in the appropriate fields, or
    • Click Load LTI configuration and paste the Configuration XML information into its field and click Parse XML to automatically populate the Key and Secret fields.
    • If your LTI is configured at the Domain, you don't have to complete these fields.
  5. Click Save when you finish making other edits to your activity.
Add the activity

If you check the Popup in a new window box for the activity, users are prompted in the Buzz window to navigate to the new window. If you link to this activity from another activity, users are not prompted and Buzz just opens the new window.

Configure the activity

Once you've created the assignment, click the Activities tool and open it. For some LTI services, like Turnitin, Buzz opens the LTI service's dashboard where you can configure your assignment. If not, you can build the activity using the service's website, and opening it here allows you to preview the activity.

Consult the LTI service's directions for activity creation.

Configure the activity

Additional articles


  • Some LTIs, like Turnitin, don't trigger a notification when a student submits an assignment. To make sure you know when your students have submitted an LTI activity, create a companion activity in Buzz that asks students to Mark this activity complete once they've submitted the LTI activity.

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