Creating the Echo360 LTI Tool Link (Create Placement)

The next step is to create a link that points to the Echo360 LTI Provider tool created above. In Blackboard this is referred to as Create Placement or Manage Placement. This "places" a link to the Echo360 External Tool into the Assessments menu for course content.

The two most important aspects of this creation are naming the link (so it's recognizable as the link to Echo360) and identifying the tool type as a Content Type = Assessment, allowing Evaluation, so that Echo360 can share Analytics information with Blackboard.

TIP: If you are still viewing the LTI Providers list from when you created the tool, you can skip to step 4 below.

To create the Echo360 LTI tool link (placement)

  1. While logged in as a system administrator, select System Admin from the top menu.
  2. Select Building Blocks.
  3. Select LTI Tool Providers.
  4. Find the Echo360 domain you created, and hover over it to expose the menu arrow (also called a "chevron").
  5. From the menu select Manage Placements.
    LTI provider tool list with menu options showing
  6. Click the Create Placement button, located at the top of the Placements list.
    The create placement form appears.
    create placement form with fields as described
  7. In the Label field, enter an appropriate label to identify this as the Echo360 LTI tool.
  8. Enter a Description that defines the purpose of this placement (deliver Echo360 Classroom content)
  9. In the Handle field, enter an appropriate label to identify this as the Echo360 LTI tool.
  10. In the Type section, enable the Content Type radio button, and select Assessment from the drop-down list.
  11. Enable the Placement allows evaluation checkbox. 
    These two steps are required for BlackBoard to receive and properly allocate Echo360 analytics to the Blackboard Results Center.
  12. In the Tool Provider URL field, enter the Host URL from the Blackboard LMS settings in Echo360.

    TIP: The Host URL is also visible on the LTI Provider Tools list, and can be copied from there for pasting into the Tool Provider URL field. See also the best practice note below.

  13. When finished, click Submit.

The Echo360 LTI tool is now available as a link for any course, under Content > Assessments. The tool can be added to courses by administrators or by instructors, whichever is appropriate to your institution.

BEST PRACTICE: Selecting and copying the values between Echo360 and the LMS can be difficult, and can be prone to not selecting the full value. To select the full value of an LMS field, do the following:
1) Use your mouse to select a portion of the field values.
2) Press Ctrl+A / Command+A to "select all" of the field.
3) Press Ctrl+C / Command + C to copy the selected value.
4) Paste the value into the corresponding field in the LMS LTI External Tool configuration.