The Office of Distance Learning (ODL) works with faculty and staff to install external applications (third-party tools) in our Canvas learning management system (LMS). We provide an external tool request form so we can determine whether the tool is already installed in our Canvas platform, or if it needs to go through the contract process that requires signing the ITS security and privacy agreement.
Once the contract (including the privacy and security terms) has been signed, we work with the vendor and the faculty/staff team who requested the tool to provide the following support:
Please Note: We limit default course navigation menu items to only those the instructor intends for the students to use.
We do not set the external tool's installation to automatically populate on the course navigation menu of each course in the Canvas LMS. Instead, the installed tool is available as an optional navigation item that instructors can easily add to their course navigation menu if they wish to use the tool. This follows our recommendation for implementing the principles of universal design to meet the new accessibility standards.