LTI Advantage: Learning Innovation at the Speed of Now
The next step in accelerating the movement toward a fully integrated and innovative digital ecosystem based on open standards
Learning Tools Interoperability® (LTI®) revolutionized the way educators and students access digital learning resources, apps, and tools within any learning management system (LMS) by enabling a one-click, seamless connection. It is the only industry educational technology standard that securely connects your institution's LMS with external learning tools, confirms the tool's credentials, and exchanges information in teaching and learning workflow. IMS has certified implementations of LTI in over 250 products.
Now, IMS is enabling dramatically better usability and data security through LTI Advantage—a package of services that add new features to enhance the integration of any tool with any LMS. LTI Advantage includes advanced protections for exchanging sensitive student data found in core LTI 1.3. The three LTI Advantage feature services are Names and Role Provisioning Services, Deep Linking, and Assignment and Grade Services.
LTI Advantage is the foundation for enabling your digital transformation—rapidly advancing an educational technology ecosystem where your educators and learners have more options for innovative tools that work together and result in better learning.
Take Teaching and Learning to the Next Level Now with LTI Advantage
Learning environments, tools, and digital content that implement the LTI Advantage features will enable institutions to move beyond first-generation learning architecture by enabling deeper integration that ensures better teaching and learning experiences.
Names and Role Provisioning Services
Automate course enrollment into third-party tools and provide faculty with reports on student activity within the tool.
With Names and Role Provisioning Services, you can:
- Exchange a list of users and their roles
- Provision a learner using LTI's secure exchange
- Learn who has not yet accessed a tool
- Enable communications among users without sharing contact information
Simplify course building with the easy addition of deep links to content, including content playlists and tables of content.
With Deep Linking, you can:
- Select and add course content in a few clicks
- Add playlists and tables of content
- Enable links and other HTML content
- Add pre-registered tools with a few clicks
Assignment and Grade Services
Dynamically update scores and comments from third-party tools into a single place, such as the LMS grade book.
With Assignment and Grade Services, you can:
- Gradable assignments shared with a tool
- Numeric scores returned to LMS grade book
- Assessor's comments returned if provided
- Multiple results supported in a single exchange
- Instructor override and history of attempts allowed
IMS MEMBER RESOURCES
Using OneRoster and LTI Advantage Together (for K-12 Districts)
Get to Know LTI Advantage (video)
University of Central Florida LTI Center of Excellence
Hear What IMS Institutional Leaders Are Saying About LTI Advantage
Get the Most From Your LMS Integrations with LTI Advantage
LTI Advantage Extends LTI for Better Integration
Streamline enrollment into learning tools and automate the passing of assignment scores and grades from your tools back to your LMS. LTI Advantage leverages industry-standard security, providing a trusted foundation for better app administration and data privacy and security.
LTI Advantage Extends LTI to Create Better User Experiences
Improve your digital learning ecosystem by making it more intuitive for faculty to integrate third-party resources, apps, and tools in the right place in the LMS and to sync results continuously.
LTI Advantage Extends LTI for Better Student Privacy and Data Security
Protect student data using the latest security model adopted by IMS based on industry best practices for user privacy and security. This new model provides improved consistency between IMS standards and better support for mobile implementations.
The IMS ecosystem—interoperable products that enable a more seamless and effective teaching and learning environment—is advancing to LTI Advantage now. LTI Advantage is a set of open standard services vetted, supported, and certified by IMS. Institutions across K-20 are insisting that their edtech suppliers adopt LTI Advantage and get IMS certified. The official listing of LTI Advantage certified products is in the IMS Product Directory—updated daily at imscert.org.
IMS Certification Builds the Ecosystem
Ensuring your edtech products are IMS certified is the trusted way to realize the benefits of LTI Advantage and achieve a plug-and-play, future-ready digital learning ecosystem. IMS certification is a benefit of IMS membership.
What Does it Take to be LTI Advantage Certified?
For your product to get LTI Advantage Certified and listed in the IMS Product Directory, it goes through a series of situational tests and verifies security operations. It's easy to check your product using the LTI Reference Implementation. You can run the tests as many times as you need on as many products as you like—and you get IMS staff support every step of the way!
A product that completes certification testing for core LTI 1.3 and all three LTI Advantage services is recognized as LTI Advantage Complete. This type of certification is required for learning platforms; it is available but not required for tools. A tool that passes testing for LTI 1.3 and at least one LTI Advantage service is considered LTI Advantage certified. Products with this designation may be working toward "complete" certification or do not support all of the feature services.