Important Information for PCC Faculty

The integration of a tool in Canvas is done through a special link called an LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability). These LTI links make it easier for instructors and students to use tools that exist outside of Canvas while making them feel as if they were integrated into Canvas. ConferZoom, for example, can be accessed from within Canvas even though it is an external tool.

LTIs Must Be Reviewed

Before we can integrate an LTI, it must be reviewed for accessibility (VPAT), FERPA compliance, and to ensure it has gone through the proper procurement processes for PCC (if applicable). 

  1. Accessibility Compliance
    The District must ensure that all products and services utilized within Canvas are fully Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 compliant. Section 508 is the 1998 amendment to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and requires electronic and information technology to be accessible to people with disabilities. Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are published by the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). WCAG 2.0 provides recommendations for making web content more accessible.

    Some inaccessible LTIs have resulted in lawsuits against CA Community Colleges, for example, the lawsuit is described in the article, “Federal Court Rules in Favor of Blind Students.” Consequently, there is a policy that no one can add an LTI in Canvas without evaluation. 

    LTIs are only approved after appropriate review, which includes a review of the product's VPAT - Voluntary Product Accessibility Template. A VPAT is a document that explains how products such as software, hardware, electronic content, and support documentation meet (conform to) the Revised 508 Standards for accessibility.

    See more information about VPATs, including how to review one for completeness before submitting your integration request below.

  2. FERPA Compliance
    You will also need to determine if the LTI tool is using FERPA data.  Is it using/accessing course enrollment data, assignment submission data, and/or student grades? If FERPA data are not being used, the LTI can be integrated (if the product also meets accessibility standards).

    If FERPA data are being used, additional steps are necessary to ensure data is protected before the LTI will be integrated.  This can include ensuring contractual agreements are in place with the vendor and the college’s Purchasing office.

What if an LTI doesn’t have a VPAT?

The vast majority of LTI developers/vendors already have a VPAT on hand for anyone who requests it. This is an expectation placed upon them by federal and state regulators. The District will not do business with any LTI that doesn't have a VPAT available to share. 

How do I submit an LTI for review?

If there’s an LTI you’d like reviewed for integration in Canvas:

  1. Check here first!  View the Integrations that are already approved or under review at PCC
  2. If the product is not yet integrated or is not currently under review, you can submit an
    LTI Review Request Form

What If An LTI Is Not Approved?

If an LTI does not meet required accessibility or FERPA standards, it will not be integrated in Canvas.  The instructor should find an alternative that is compliant.  The requesting instructor(s) can appeal the decision. The appeal (including all supporting documentation), will be reviewed by the Campus Distance Education Committee. The committee includes a representative from DSP&S, as well as faculty, staff, management, and student representation.