Improved VLE integration with IMS LTI
Story: As a University integration developer, I would like Talis Aspire to use IMS LTI to integrate with the VLE, so that we can create and view lists without leaving VLE, providing a seamless experience for our users and minimising administrative actions.
Background: IMS Global Learning Consortium has developed the LTI standard to offer standardised integration for service providers across multiple types of VLE. BasicLTI, a precursor to LTI, is supported by all major VLEs. In short, both standards prescribe a launch packet that holds contextual information about the approach, i.e. who, what role and where from. This allows the service provider to direct the user to the associated resource, or create it if it doesn't yet exist, potentially removing the need for course structure dumps. Full LTI offers a tighter and more dynamic integration of resources. Service providers only need to build a single connector to integrate with all supporting VLEs. BasicLTI support can be implemented very quickly. The University of Kent partnered with IMS on a Full LTI project. Details of the project can be found on their blog (http://blogs.kent.ac.uk/eile/) and the team members are more than happy to discuss.