Steven Githens: Etherpad And Basic Learning Tools Interoperability

At the Sakai Conference last week, Steve Githens spent a little over a day and built simple prototype Basic LTI support for EitherPad.

In his blog post:

he describes what he has done and gives a nice screen cast demonstrating Etherpad in Sakai. It is awesome work. I think that Etherpad is the coolest piece of software to be integrated into an LMS using Basic LTI. And in particular, it would be really difficult to integrate Etherpad into an LMS directly as it is pretty specialized software.

I add screenshots of Etherpad running in Moodle and Blackboard below:


  1. David Lippman says:

    Any chance there will be a public Etherpad site with BLTI at some point? I would love to try this out, but don’t have a server capable of running Etherpad.

  2. David, The code is still in early days – if it matures, I will probably stand up a server to make it available for folks. I may even make it somewhat production-ready so folks can really use it. I don’t know where I will come up with the $$ for real compute resources – but we shall see.

  3. Anonymous says:

    This is my most wanted feature in a LMS such as Moodle. I hope that in the future there will be Etherpad packages for most of the distributions out there and a simple integration with moodle.