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Learning Tools for Canvas

Extend the core functionality and features of Canvas


Additional learning tools, sometimes called learning apps, external tools or LTI's, can be added on to Canvas to extend the core functionality and features of the system. Examples include tools such as VoiceThread, Respondus, and Turnitin. Often, these tools can be added to an individual course, a group of courses, or all courses in a unit, college, or campus.

The UMN has a variety of tools already installed and ready to use. Tools that are not available can be requested by faculty, instructors, and staff; however, they must go through a formal evaluation, vetting, and approval process before they are made available in a Canvas course. This process requires input from several University units and can sometimes take up to six months from request to implementation.

Getting Started

Find Currently Integrated and Requested Tools

Before requesting a learning tool, please check the ongoing list of integrations to see if it has already been implemented.

Also check the list of requested but not yet integrated learning tools to see if it is on our radar.

Request an Integration

Use our form to request a specific application or tool by name for integration into Canvas.

  • If you're not aware of a specific tool, you may also describe the functionality you're hoping to achieve and the Canvas Team can assist in finding a tool that meets your need.
  • If a tool has already been requested or implemented, you may submit an additional request form to let us know you would like to use the tool in your course, a group of courses, or all courses in a unit, college, or campus.

Have questions about a request or the request process? 

Write to the LTI Learning Tools group at

Intended Audience

Staff & Departments
Health Sciences Affiliates
IT Staff and Partners


University-funded: No charge