This article explains how to use an already installed LTI 1.3 tool, to add content to your Blackboard courses. 

Before you can add content to your Blackboard Courses, you will need to have your Blackboard Admin submit a Help Desk Ticket and go through the process of installing the LTI tool in your Blackboard instance. 

Add an LTI Link to Your Blackboard Course

  1. Log in to Blackboard and navigate to your desired course. 
  2. Select Content from the menu on the left side of the screen.
  3. If the menu on the left side of the screen is hidden, hover over the blue/green border on the left of the screen to expose the arrow tab. Select the tab to reveal the menu.

Left: The hidden tab that exposes the Content menu. Right: The exposed Content menu.

  1. Select the Build Content tab at the top of the screen.

  2. In the Create section, find and select the tool. With this tool, you can view the content collections. 

  1.  If a login screen appears, click the "Link Accounts" button to verify your identity. You only have to link your credentials once, the very first time you use the LTI tool.

  2. After you log in, review the Collections available for your college. (This sample screen may not reflect your collections.)

Search, Browse, Preview, and Select Content to Add to your Course

After you select your desired course and add the LTI tool to view your Collections, the steps below apply to Collections, Items, and Groups. Here we will focus on Collections.

In My Collections, you can:

  1. Select the desired collection and browse or filter results by Course tags aligned to NCCCS standards, Subject, and Material type. Here we will select the Mathematics Assessment Project collection.

  2. Search Resources by keywords. (Note that you must be in the My Items tab or the My Group tab to search for content in My Items or My Groups, respectively.)

  3. Preview the content.

  4. Choose Select to embed the content in your course. 

  5. Let’s select the Sidewalk Stones activity for our course. 

This screen shows the teacher’s view of the Sidewalk Stones activity embedded in a course. 

Common Questions

What does the LTI Tool do?

The LTI 1.3 tool allows any educator to find learning activities that have been published to Featured Collections on your site, and embed them within assignments, modules, or other Blackboard pages. If educators are members of Groups or already have a Personal Account account on your site where they have been authoring or curating content,  educators will be able to access and embed content from Group Shared Folders and personal My Items libraries using this tool. 

Do I need an existing account on this site to use the LTI Tool?  

When a course instructor launches the LTI tool, a new account will be automatically generated if the instructor doesn't already have one. This gives the Instructor access to all Featured Collections

If I do have an existing account on this site, how do I connect it to my  Blackboard account?

If a user has previously created an account on the platform, and then later launches the LTI Tool in the LMS, the user will be asked for a one-time identity verification to confirm linking their accounts. The user should click the Link Accounts button to verify their identity.

For example, the user will see a message that looks similar to the message below:

How do Students Access Content? 

   Account information for student users is not collected or stored. Instead, students have view-only access to content that their instructors have embedded in Blackboard courses.