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Course Connect--For Faculty & Staff: Tools & Resources


External Tools

The external tool activity module enables students to interact with learning resources and activities on other web sites. For example, an external tool could provide access to a new activity type or learning materials from a publisher.

To create an external tool activity, a tool provider which supports LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability) is required. A teacher can create an external tool activity or make use of a tool configured by the site administrator.


An LTI is any URL or tool that you want to link directly from your course page to an external content page. This includes links to video and image content, article links, and MindTap tools. 



All you need to create an External Tool is:

  • A title for your link
  • A working URL

If you are using MindTap as an External Tool, your URL can be found in your fulfillment email from Cengage Learning. 

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