Approved external digital tools (third party software) can be added to Canvas to add new features or functionality, such as publisher materials and specialized tools. CSU has a number of external tool integrations with Canvas. These integrations usually use an LTI (Learning Tool Interoperability) to connect these tools to Canvas.

Most approved external tools can be added to a course module or course assignments. Some can be “enabled” to add a link on the left course menu. Here’s how to make a tool link visible:

  1. In your course, click Settings, and click the Navigation tab.
  2. In the section at the bottom, find the tool and drag it up to the top section.
  3. Click Save.

If you are interested in having an external tool evaluated for inclusion in Canvas, please review and follow the steps for CSU’s external tool process with your College Canvas Coordinator.