LTI 1.3 Tool Setup Instructions for Blackboard

System Requirements

LTI 1.3 and LTI Advantage integrations are available on SAAS Learn deployments and Learn 9.1 Q4 2019 Self and Managed hosted versions and above.

LMS/VLE Admin/Course Set Up

  1. Navigate to System Admin Integrations LTI Tool Providers, and click Register LTI 1.3 Tool.
  2. Enter the Client ID provided by you VitalSource Integration Manager and click Submit.
  3. Verify and set the following information:
    • Tool Status
    • Domains
    • Tool Status: Approved
    • Tool Provider Custom Parameters
      • blackboard_username=@X@user.id@X@
      • blackboard_course_id=@X@course.pk_string@X@
      • blackboard_user_external_uid=@X@user.batch_uid@X@
      • blackboard_course_external_uid=@X@course.batch_uid@X@
      • blackboard_user_id=@X@user.pk_string@X@
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  • Institution Policies 
    • User Fields to Send
      • Role in Course
      • Name
      • Email Address
    • Allow grade service access: Yes
    • Allow Membership Service Access: Yes
  1. Click Submit.

Managing Link Placements

After you have set VitalSource up as an LTI 1.3 Tool, you can place LTI links into courses. Depending on the VitalSource tool you are using, there are different options for doing this.

Manage Placements 

This is the best option if you are using VitalSource Launch, or if you will be placing the same link in every course. This will make an LTI link to VitalSource available in Course Tools.

  1. Go to the System Admin panel.
  2. Click on LTI Tool Providers and find the Tool/Provider for VitalSource (bc.vitalsource.com).
  3. Click the arrow next to the provider domain and click Manage Placements.
  4. Click Create Placement and enter the following:
  • Label: Enter what you would like to have appear in the course, for example, VitalSource Course Materials
  • Handle: vitalsource
  • Availability: Yes
  • Type: 
    • Course tool, student -Select this option if you would like to add the link to the course menu (classic) or would like the tool to be available to students in the books & tools menu (ultra)
    • Course content tool - Select this option if you would like faculty to add the link to their course through the Content section (classic) or Content Market (Ultra)
  • Tool Provider URL: Depending on the VitalSource tool you are using, enter one of the URLs below:
  • Tool Provider Custom Parameters
    • blackboard_username=@X@user.id@X@
    • blackboard_course_id=@X@course.pk_string@X@
    • blackboard_user_external_uid=@X@user.batch_uid@X@
    • blackboard_course_external_uid=@X@course.batch_uid@X@
    • blackboard_user_id=@X@user.pk_string@X@
  1. Click Submit.

Adding Tool Link to the Course Menu (Classic View)

Default Course Menu

This will allow you to add a Link Placement to the default Course Menu. This is your best option if you would like to have the VitalSource Tool link available in all courses by default.

  1. In the System Admin panel, click on Course Settings

  2. Select Course Menu and Structures

  3. Click the + on the default Course menu

  4. Select Tool Link and enter the following:

    • Name: Enter what you would like to appear in the Course Menu

    • Type: Select the link placement you created for VitalSource

    • Available to Users: Check the box

  5. Click Submit

Course Level Menu

Add a Link Placement to the menu for a specific course.

  1. From within a course, click the + on the top left hand corner of the Course Menu

  2. Click Tool Link and enter the following:

    • Name: Enter what you like to appear in the Course Menu

    • Type: Select the link placement for the VitalSource tool you’d like to use

    • Available to Users: Check the box

  3. Click Submit

Adding Links to a Content Area (Classic View)

Create a Link from a Link Placement

This will allow you to add a Link Placement to a content area in a course. Courses typically have a content area labeled Content available in the Course Menu by default.

  1. From within a course, click Content in the Course Menu

  2. Click on the Build Content drop-down menu and locate the VitalSource tool you’d like to use.

  3. Enter the following to create your link:

    • Link Name: Enter what you’d like the link to be called. For example: VitalSource Course Materials

    • Available: Yes

  4. Click Submit

Creating a Web Link

This will allow you to add a link to a course. This is the best option if the links you need to use will vary by course. An example of when to use this is when you are linking to a specific ebook. These links can be added to Content areas, Learning Modules, Module Pages, and Content Folders.

  1. When in a course, click Content in the Course Menu. Once in the Content area, you may also click into a Learning Module, Module Page, or Content Folder.

  2. Click Build Content and select Web Link from the dropdown menu

  3. Enter the following info to create your link:

  4. Click Submit

Creating Links (Ultra View)

Creating a Link from a Link Placement

This will allow you to add a Link Placement to an Ultra course.

  1. When in an Ultra course, click the + sign in the area of the course where you would like your link to be and select Content Market.
  2. Locate the VitalSource tool you’d like to add and click the plus sign in the bottom right hand corner of the tool panel.
  3. This will add a link to your course. Click the three dots icon next to the link to edit the link title if you would like.
  4. The link will be hidden from students by default. Click the eye icon to make the link available to students.

Creating a LTI Link

This will allow you to create an LTI link in an Ultra course that is not based on a Link Placement. This is the best option if you are linking directly to a specific VitalSource product.

  1. When in an Ultra course, click the plus sign in the area of the course where you would like your link to be and select Create.

  2. Click the Teaching Tools with LTI Connection.

  3. Enter the following link details:

    • Edit the link title at the top to the link title you would like to display

    • Configuration URL: https://bc.vitalsource.com/:SKU (You will need to enter the SKU for the specific VitalSource book you are using. Example: https://bc.vitalsource.com/books/9780000000000R180)

    • Select Add Custom Parameters and enter the following (one per line):

      • blackboard_username=@X@user.id@X@

      • blackboard_course_id=@X@course.pk_string@X@

      • blackboard_user_external_uid=@X@user.batch_uid@X@

      • blackboard_course_external_uid=@X@course.batch_uid@X@

      • blackboard_user_id=@X@user.pk_string@X@

    • Open in new window: Check this box

  4. Click Save

VitalSource Content Deeplinking UI

If your school or institution plans to use the VitalSource Content Deeplink UI, follow the below instructions to create a Deep Linking Content Tool Placement.

  1. Go to the System Admin panel.

  2. Click on LTI Tool Providers and find the Tool/Provider for VitalSource (bc.vitalsource.com).

  3. Click the arrow next to the provider domain and click Manage Placements.

  4. Click Create Placement and enter the following:

    • Label: Enter what you would like to have appear in the course, for example, VitalSource Content Deeplinks

    • Handle: vitalsource_deeplinks

    • Availability: Yes

    • Type: 

      •  Deep Linking content tool

        • Do not select “Allow student access”

    • Tool Provider URL:

    • Tool Provider Custom Parameters

      • blackboard_username=@X@user.id@X@

      • blackboard_course_id=@X@course.pk_string@X@

      • blackboard_user_external_uid=@X@user.batch_uid@X@

      • blackboard_course_external_uid=@X@course.batch_uid@X@

      • blackboard_user_id=@X@user.pk_string@X@

  5. Click Submit.

Creating an LTI link in Courses Using the VitalSource Deeplinking UI

Classic Course View

  1. From within a course with the classic view, click Content in the Course Menu
  2. Click on the Build Content drop-down menu and select the VitalSource Content Deeplinking tool.
  3. Search for content by title, author or SKU.
  4. Click the Table of Contents button for the content which you want to create links
  5. Select all the locations you desire and click Add Materials.
  6. Click Review and Submit.
  7. Click Add to Course.
  8. The links should be created back in your Blackboard course.

Ultra Course View

  1. From within an Ultra course, click the + in the area of the course where you would like your link(s) to be and select Content Market.
  2. Click the VitalSource Content Deeplinking tool.
  3. Search for content by title, author or SKU.
  4. Click the Table of Contents button for the content which you want to create links.
  5. Select all the locations you desire and click Add Materials.
  6. Click Review and Submit.
  7. Click Add to Course.
  8. The links should be created back in your Blackboard course.
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