External tool settings

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Adding a new external tool to a course

A preconfigured tool 'Chemistry quiz' shown in the activity chooser
  1. With the editing turned on, in the section you wish to add your external tool, click the "Add an activity or resource" link and choose either 'External tool' or a preconfigured tool.
  2. This will take you to the settings page titled "Adding a new external tool". All settings may expanded by clicking the "Expand all" link top right.
  3. If the external tool has not been configured by the administrator, you will need to have in advance the correct URL, consumer key and secret. These should have been provided to you by the managers of the LTI-compliant website you are going to be connecting to. Click "Show more" to access the consumer key and secret fields.

General settings

General settings before expanding. When expanded, extra options are available.
  • Activity name - give the title you wish the students to see on the course page
  • Preconfigured tool - this is how Moodle communicates with the tool provider. If in doubt, leave as default. If your administrator has made a tool available site-wide, you will be able to select it here:
Selecting a preconfigured tool
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    • Carleton has a number of preconfigured tools available:
      • Piazza - A collaborative Q&A tool for student problem solving.
      • Faculty Enlight: Purchase Course Materials - a link to Barnes & Noble textbook purchasing site for students. Contact the Carleton Bookstore for more info.
      • Faculty Enlight: Research and Adopt Course Materials - a link for faculty to research & adopt course materials from Barnes & Nobel. Contact the Carleton Bookstore for more info.
      • Yuja - Carleton's Lecture Capture and video delivery tool. Contact Dann Hurlbert for more info.
      • ALEKS - McGraw-Hill's adaptive system, fees apply. Contact AT for more info.
      • Language Lesson - Carleton's tool designed for foreign language speaking exercises
  • 'Select content' button - for LTI Content-Item configuration
  • Tool URL - This is the URL for connecting to site.
  • Launch container- this is how the external tool will be displayed.
    • Default - if in doubt; leave as default
    • Embed - the external tool will be embedded in the Moodle course page with blocks and navigation bar
    • Embed without blocks - the external tool will be embedded in the Moodle course page but without blocks
    • New Window - the external tool will open in a new window. (A new window or tab will open with the External tool and the old browser window containing the course page will not change.)

The following settings are available by clicking ""Show more":

  • Activity description - give a short description here
  • Display description on course page - choose to show the description along with the activity name
  • Display activity name when launched - have this appear when the student clicks the link.
  • Display activity description when launched - have this appear when the student clicks the link.
  • Secure tool URL -
  • Consumer key -this tells the connecting LTI compliant site that your Moodle is allowed to connect. The "tool provider", ie the manger of the connecting LTI compliant site will issue you with this key. If you are merely linking to a tool with no secure access or gradebook sharing then you won't need a consumer key. If you are linking to a course or activity from another Moodle site, then you can add any consumer key.
  • Shared secret - this is the "password" to connect to the tool - the LTI compliant site.
  • Custom parameters - most times you can leave this blank. The tool provider might use this to allow you to display a specific resource.
  • Icon URL - you can display a different icon from the default External Tool icon by entering its URL here
  • Secure Icon URL - enter the URL of a different icon here if your students are accessing Moodle securely via SSL.

Privacy settings

(These settings are collapsed by default)

Privacy settings expanded
  • Share launcher's name with the tool - this means that the student's name will be displayed on the connected site as in this example
  • Share launcher's email with the tool - this means that the student's email will be displayed on the connected site as in this example
  • Accept grades from the tool - if this is checked, the connecting site will send back grades to Moodle's gradebook. See Using External tool for more information on this.