Adding the Manual LTI tool to Blackboard

The Manual LTI tool allows you to embed Guide content, Database links, and/or E-Reserves Courses into Blackboard.

As with most instructions for other vendors' products, instructions may be a bit different, depending on the version of Blackboard you're using. The general idea of the thing should hold true, though:

  • First you need to set up the Tool Provider as an approved provider.
  • Next you need to set up the Placements: where in the system can folks use this tool?

LibApps: Get the Configuration Information

You must be a LibApps Admin to get the configuration information for your system.

You'll need to get your Blackboard admins the configuration information for the Manual tool or create them an account in one of your Springshare apps and make them a LibApps Admin.

  1. Go to LibApps:
    • Either log in using your LibApps Login URL, or
    • Log into any Springshare product and click the blue menu > choose LibApps.
  2. Go to Admin > LTI Tool Builder.
  3. On the LTI Manual Mode tab, review / modify the Setup Options.
  4. Then review the Configuration Details. Send your Blackboard admins the following fields:
    • LTI Launch URL
    • LTI Consumer Key
    • LTI Shared Secret

You do not need the Config URL for Blackboard. That is only used in Canvas.

LTI Tool Builder > Manual Mode configuration / setup screen

Setting Up the Tool Provider

  1. Go to System Admin > Building Blocks > LTI Tool Providers > Register Provider Domain
  2. Fill out the form:
    1. Provider Domain Status Section:
      • Provider Domain => LTI Consumer Key
      • Provider Domain Status => Approved
    2. Default Configuration Section:
      • Default Configuration => Set Globally
      • Tool Provider Key => LTI Consumer Key
      • Tool Provider Secret => LTI Shared Secret
    3. Organization Policies Section:
      • Send User Data => Send user data only over SSL
      • User Fields to Send => Constituency in Course (Required)
        Required for the selection screen to display for instructors / other course editors. Other fields are up to you.
  3. Click Submit.
Blackboard Tool Provider form

Adding Placements

The placement in Blackboard makes a big difference in how you can use the Manual tool. If you add it as Content Type > Build Content (Create), you can use the tool multiple times in a single course. So you could add a link to a guide, a link to a set of Databases, and a link to an E-Reserves course.

If you add it as Content Type > Tool, you'll only be able to use the tool once in the course. You can add the link multiple times, but you'll only be able to set the configuration of it once. This may make more sense as an alternate option to putting the Automagic tool in the Course Navigation, but for the Manual tool, Build Content (Create) is a more flexible option.

  1. While in System Admin > Building Blocks > LTI Tool Providers, click the down arrow next to the placement you just added > choose Manage Placements.
  2. Click Create Placement.
  3. Fill out the form:
    1. Placement Information > Label: Name as you'd like it to appear in the course options.
    2. Placement Information > Handle: Unique identifier for the placement..
    3. Placement Information > Type: Content Type > Build Content (Create)
    4. Tool Provider Information > Tool Provider URL: LTI Launch URL
  4. Click Submit.
Placement form for adding Manual tool.

Finding the Tool in Blackboard

When using the Manual LTI tool in a Blackboard course, you'll find it in any area that has a Build Content menu (e.g., Content, Information).

The name of the tool in the menu is the name you gave it when adding the Placement in the section above. In our example screenshot, it's called "SpringyLib Manual - Build Content".

Check out our "Displaying Content using the Manual tool" FAQs (linked below) for more on selection options for various types of content.

Example of where to find the manual tool link in the Build Content menu.

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