Third Party Integrations

Publisher and Other Third Party Tools Integrations

As of October 2020, Avenue to Learn is currently integrated with:

  • Echo360
  • Pearson MyLabs
  • Cengage MindLinks
  • i>Clicker Cloud
  • Macmillan Course Tools
  • McGraw Hill Connect
  • Top Hat
  • Turnitin
  • Turnitin PeerMark
  • Wiley Plus
  • MacVideo/Kaltura
  • PebblePad
  • eReserves/ARES
  • Sensus Access
  • MATLAB/Mathworks

Requesting a New Integration

We encourage you to test out new educational technologies and are happy to help with integrations to those third-parties. However, we cannot guarantee that all third-party products will meet the privacy, data and accessibility requirements Ontario universities are required to uphold for our students. Typically investigating new integrations can take a short time, as little as a few hours, to many months. This is dependent on the integration’s requirements and whether the data that they are requesting is something that McMaster considers private information.

What can you do to speed up this process?

  • Ask for the administrator’s documentation to integrate with D2L’s Brightspace (which is what we call Avenue to Learn).
  • Ask “how does your product satisfy AODA standards?”
  • Ask “do you have a VPAT statement?”
  • Ask “is this an LTI integration?”
  • Ask for evidence (peer-reviewed studies, not conducted by the company themselves) that this product helps learning

You can pass on contact information, VPAT statement and administrator documentation to us through a support ticket, and we will begin our investigation. We will then look at the viability of the integration from our perspective, and then proceed to have the vendor fill out UTS’s Third Party Vendor Questionnaire. After the questionnaire is filled out, any items that do not meet our standards will be raised with the vendor, and we will see if changes to the product will address concerns. In most cases, vendors are happy to work with us, and they provide a quick solution to the roadblock. In other cases, the integration will not be able to proceed until the issue is addressed.

While we ask for a VPAT statement, which is a voluntary product accessibility template which complies with the US Section 508 Standard, it does not necessarily mean the product is accessible. We do not have the capacity to assess third-party products for accessibility concerns. For more information about VPAT please visit: https://accessibleweb.com/tips-tools-tutorials/what-is-a-vpat/

There are reasons that we may choose not to integrate with a third-party. We will communicate these with you and the vendor directly. Usually these involve the passing of privileged information, but could include many other reasons. Feel free to reach out to us at any time for clarification.

Course Specific Integrations

If you wish to connect your course to electronic textbook resources to your Avenue to Learn course, first speak to your publisher representative to confirm that the resource is available for integration, then contact Avenue Support to facilitate the connection. Typically these connections take 1-2 days to fully configure, check and confirm that the integration works, as it is a manual process. When contacting your publishing representative, ensure that you respect the privacy, accessibility and data collection policies on campus. Vendor documentation is below.

Echo 360

As there is a system wide Echo 360 integration, you can add Echo 360 to your course by following the instructions below.

Pearson MyLabs

Please put in a ticket with support indicating that you’d like to setup an integration with Pearson MyLabs – letting us know which course code with which we should connect the integration.

Cengage Mindlinks

Please put in a ticket with support indicating that you’d like to setup an integration with Cengage – letting us know which course code with which we should connect the integration.

i>Clicker Cloud

Please put in a ticket with support indicating that you’d like to setup an integration with i>Clicker Cloud – letting us know which course code with which we should connect the integration. Note:  i>Clicker Classic and i>Clicker Cloud are two different products. If you are using Classic, there is no need for integration as roster syncing occurs within the application.

Macmillan Course Tools

Please put in a ticket with support indicating that you’d like to setup an integration with Macmillan Course Tools – letting us know which course code with which we should connect the integration.

McGraw Hill Connect

Please put in a ticket with support indicating that you’d like to setup an integration with McGraw Hill Connect – letting us know which course code with which we should connect the integration.

Top Hat

Please put in a ticket with support indicating that you’d like to setup an integration with Top Hat – letting us know which course code with which we should connect the integration. Note: this integration only works for passing grades from Top Hat to your course.

Turnitin

Turnitin is enabled across the University for use in all courses. Turnitin is integrated with the Assignment Folder feature and is configured by people enrolled in courses with an Instructor role.

Wiley Plus

Please put in a ticket with support indicating that you’d like to setup an integration with WileyPlus’ various products – letting us know which Wiley Plus product and the course code with which we should connect the integration.

MacVideo/Kaltura

MacVideo is integrated in two ways that allow you to work with video. You can add a link and use the Insert Stuff option wherever you have the HTML editor to embed MacVideo assets (videos, PowerPoints, audio) in the page.

PebblePad

PebblePad is fully integrated throughout Avenue to Learn. Use the integration to setup a workspace in PebblePad, pass enrollments over to PebblePad and to pass grades from ATLAS in PebblePad to Avenue to Learn.

eReserves

As there is a system wide eReserves (ARES) integration, you can add eReserves to your course by following the instructions below.

Sensus Access

As there is a system wide Sensus Access integration, you can add Sensus Access to your course by following the instructions below.

MATLAB/Mathworks

Please put in a ticket with support indicating that you’d like to setup an integration with MATLAB – letting us know which course code with which we should connect the integration.

 

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