Sakai 2.9 External Tool Support (IMS Basic LTI)

I just updated Sakai’s trunk to a new Basic LTI Administration tool. This tool is intended to be added to the !admin site and installs itself as an extention to Site Info.

It allows administrators and instructors to make Basic LTI Tools and Content Items. Each tool can have many content items. Content Items have Launch URLs that can be used anywhere within Sakai like Resources, the iFrame Tool, Melete, literally anywhere.

Here is the JIRA describing the changes:

In particular, this lays a tool and service foundation for Lesson Builder to easily add an “Add External Tool” feature both for its authoring and when it is importing IMS Common Cartridges (version 1.1).

This also lays a foundation / starting point to add support for auto-provisioning capabilities for Full LTI.

This design is informed by the great work Basic LTI work in Moodle, ATutor, Blackboard, Desire2Learn, and Instructure’s Canvas. As more experience is gained in the use of BLTI in LMS systems, the UIs are starting to converge. I like the new terminology where we call these “External Tools” rather than “Basic LTI Tools”.

There is still work to be done and comments are welcome. I am trying to get it ready in time to fit it into Lesson Builder for 2.9.

Tech note to remember this command:

svn merge -r94350:HEAD