How do I create activities with Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI)?

LTI specification establishes a way to integrate external learning applications, like Turnitin and ALEKS, with Echo

In order to create activities with LTI, the LTI service must provide you with:

  • The website to which you should point the activity.
  • An LTI Key. If the LTI is configured at the Domain, you don't need to use this here.
  • An LTI Secret. If the LTI is configured at the Domain, you don't need to use this here.

Add the activity

Click the "+Add..." button to add an activity.

1. In the activity settings, scroll down to the Content section.

2. Click the "website" selection from the radio buttons.

3. Enter the URL for the LTI activity.

4. Click the checkbox for "digitally sign the request for LTI" (OPTIONAL: also check the box for supply LTI key/secret for this activity" if the LTI is NOT configured at the domain).

5. Click Save in the top righthand corner when done.

Configure the activity

Once you've created the assignment, click the Activities tab in the main menu and open it. For some LTI services, like Turnitin, Echo opens the LTI service's dashboard where you can configure your assignment. If not, you can build the activity using the service's website and opening it here allows you to preview the activity.

Consult the LTI service's directions for activity creation.


  • Some LTIs, like Turnitin, don't trigger a notification when a student submits an assignment. To make sure you know when your students have submitted an LTI activity, create a companion activity in Echo that asks students to Mark this activity complete once they've submitted the LTI activity.




Echo is constantly being improved based on the feedback from users and we strive to keep our documentation up to date.  If this document doesn’t match what you are seeing in Echo, please let us know.

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