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Mathspace - Canvas Integration Guide for School Administrators
Mathspace - Canvas Integration Guide for School Administrators
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Written by Alvin Savoy
Updated over a week ago

How does it work?

First, a Canvas Connection needs to be setup in Mathspace to connect with the school’s Canvas site

This requires liaising between Mathspace support staff and the Canvas administrator at the school. See the setup process below.

The teacher needs to launch Mathspace from their course's modules

When the link is followed by a teacher or student, the course will be setup in Mathspace

That one course and its members will be copied into Mathspace, as class and user accounts. See following diagram.

The user will then be automatically logged into Mathspace

Students will login to their Student Dashboard page to see upcoming tasks and access features such as our textbook content, worksheets and practice questions.

Teachers will login to the Teacher Planner page for the class they came from.

Once per day, Mathspace will update each class and user to match the Canvas data

This will only occur for courses that were initiated by teachers via the previous step.

This is to prevent non-maths classes and users turning up in Mathspace

Setup process

The Canvas administrator at the school will need to add a developer key:

  • Go to Admin

  • Choose the root account

  • Click Developer Keys

  • Click +Developer Key+LTI Key

Fill out with these fields:

Key name

Mathspace LTI Link

Owner email

Email of the Canvas administrator

Redirect URIs

Method

Enter URL

JSON URL

Click Save

Activate the developer key:

  • In Developer Keys, look for the Mathspace LTI Link key and set its State to enabled

Set the correct privacy level on the developer key:

  • In Developer Keys, look for the Mathspace LTI Link key and click the Pencil icon to edit it

  • Expand the Additional Settings section

  • Ensure that Privacy Level is set to Public

  • Click Save

Share these details with your Mathspace school consultant or support at [email protected]

We’ll need to collect some details of the LTI link, see below:

School name

Name of your school or district

Canvas site URL

LTI Client ID

Should look like: 151610000000000149

Mathspace will process the LTI link details and confirm when it is done

When confirmed, we can continue to the next step.

The Canvas administrator installs the LTI app

When logged into the Canvas site as an administrator:

  • Go to Admin

  • Choose the root account

  • Click Settings → Apps → View App Configurations

  • Click +App

Fill out with these fields:

Configuration type

“By Client ID”

LTI Client ID

Should look like: 151610000000000149

The Canvas administrator installs the LTI link in each math course, blueprint course or course template

When logged into the Canvas site as an administrator:

  • Navigate to the course. (To make this change to many courses, it would be best to use a blueprint course or course template)

  • Go to the Modules page

  • Click the + icon in one of the module sections to add an item

  • Fill out with these fields:

Add ____ to module

External Tool

URL

Page name

Login to Mathspace

Load in a new tab

Must be ticked

Indentation

Anything

The Canvas administrator can test the LTI link and verify it works correctly

Click the newly added Mathspace link in the Modules page to verify that it works correctly. It is also possible to impersonate a student or teacher on the Canvas site, and follow the Mathspace link to test that user's login into Mathspace.

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