What is an LTI Integration?
LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability) is a sign-on standard developed by IMS Global allowing you to access and view web-based resources within a learning platform. An LTI integration enables users to securely utilize a wide range of publisher content from a single platform, including Schoology.
The resources found within LTI are often referred to as 'tools' and can range from a single piece of content to an interactive website consisting of search tools, assessments, and more.
A Turnitin LTI integration is primarily used to create Turnitin assignments from within an LMS. Once created, the Turnitin rubric manager is available for use. Likewise, PeerMark assignments can be added to the base assignment from within the assignment edit tool.
The Turnitin Tool intelligently passes grades given to papers submitted to the Turnitin assignment to the LMS grade book.
A Basic Understanding of an LTI Setup in Schoology
An LTI integration (also known as an external tool) is easy to set up in Schoology.
The Schoology System Administrator must firstly install the tool provider at course or district level, allowing teachers to add external tools with minimum effort.
If the Schoology System Administrator decides against adding the tool provider, each teacher must enter the external tool's account credentials each time an external tool is added.
In this instance, each teacher adding an external tool to a course must access (potentially sensitive) subscription information for that particular tool.
What is a Consumer Key?
Your Consumer Key is your Turnitin account ID and is automatically assigned at point of registration.
Administrators must enter their Turnitin account ID into the consumer key field; this allows an LMS to correctly integrate with a Turnitin account.
Account IDs are 5 digits long and can be found on the left-hand side of the account name on the Turnitin administrator homepage.
What is a Shared Secret Key?
A Shared Key is configured by the Turnitin administrator during the Turnitin LTI integration setup.
The Shared Key (or Secret Key) is used to verify the integrity of requests sent from an institution’s LMS account to an institution’s Turnitin account.
The Shared Key can be any word or alphanumeric 8-character text string, containing at least one letter and one number. The key entered in Turnitin must be identical to the key entered within the LMS. To be clear, both keys must match in order for access to be granted, otherwise, the integration will not work.
What is Turnitin's External Tool URL?
External tool URL for UK institutions: https://api.turnitinuk.com/api/lti/1p0/assignment
External tool URL for US/International institutions: https://api.turnitin.com/api/lti/1p0/assignment
Note: We recommend adding tool providers at institution level; however, you can learn more about adding them at the course level on the Schoology support platform.
Check Your Understanding
LTI stands forLearning Tools Interoperability
Schoology System Administrators can installthe tool provider at course or district level
LTI resources can includesearch tools, assessments, and more
A Turnitin LTI integration is used forcreating Turnitin assignments from within an LMS
The Turnin Tool passes grades given to papers tothe LMS grade book
Likewise, PeerMark assignments can be addedto the base assignment from within the assignment edit tool
An LTI integration is also known asan external tool
A Shared Key is used toverify the integrity of requests sent from an LMS to a Turnitin account
A Consumer Key is yourTurnitin account ID