Configuring Echo360 with your LMS

Echo360 provides integration with a variety of Learning Management System (LMS) products using the Learning Tool Interoperability or "LTI" standard. LTI is a method for providing authentication information and communication links between two learning tools. This allows Echo360 to act as a content provider and pass captures and other items to the LMS, which is the content consumer.

Echo360 has the following LMS products pre-selectable, however you can integrate with any LMS product via LTI:

If you are using a different LMS, you can select Other and enter the name of your LMS to identify it in the Configurations page. Echo360 auto-generates a Key, Secret and Host URL to use in the LTI tool configuration on the LMS

Configuring LTI communication between Echo360 and your LMS involves identifying Echo360 as an LTI Tool in the LMS, then copying the shared key, shared secret, and URL information between the systems.  

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.

To enable LMS integration with Echo360

  1. Log in as an Administrator.
  2. Select the Settings icon in upper-right of the screen.
  3. From the Settings menu, select Configurations.
  4. From the left panel, select LMS configurations as shown in the below figure.
    LMS Configurations page with settings menu and left tab navigation identified
  5. Click ADD CONFIGURATION.
  6. In the Create LMS Profile dialog box that appears, use the LMS Name drop-down list to select the LMS you are using.
    Select
    Other if your LMS does not appear.
    Create LMS Profile dialog box with dropdown list and selections as described
  7. If you selected an LMS from the list, click SAVE. If you selected Other, enter a Name for the LMS to identify this configuration, then click SAVE.

The LMS profile appears on the LMS configurations page, as shown in the figure below. The LMS fields are automatically populated with the data generated by Echo360. This is the information you will copy into your LMS to create the Echo360 External Tool linked to through the LMS courses and sections.

LMS Configuration profile for Canvas

What is that Course ID Field? If you are directly linking LMS courses/sections to Echo360 sections, you can use the Course ID Field value here to identify the FIELD Name in the LTI Payload that will contain the LMS course/section value. The value in the identified field can be used as the "External System ID" applied to the Echo360 Section to directly link the two without Instructor intervention. See Linking LMS Courses with Echo360 Sections via the API for more details.

The default value is the one typically used to contain the LMS course/section identifier, however you can change this to any field name you like.
Once you make a change, click SAVE, located under the LMS Name in the profile.

Deleting LMS Profile Configurations

If you no longer need an LMS profile, you can delete it.

IMPORTANT!! If you delete the LMS configuration then re-enable it, the field values WILL BE DIFFERENT. You will have to edit the LTI Tool link in the LMS to use the re-generated values.

To delete an LMS Profile

  1. Log in as an Administrator.
  2. Select the Settings icon in upper-right of the screen.
  3. From the Settings menu, select Configurations.
  4. From the left panel, select LMS configurations as shown in the figure in the instructions above.
  5. Find the LMS profile you want to remove, then click DELETE located under the LMS Name field.
  6. Click OK to confirm deletion of the profile.