Integrating BNC OER+ with Canvas

I. Overview

BNC OER+ is designed to easily integrate with Learning Management Systems such as Canvas using a “Web Link” from within an existing Canvas section. Using this approach allows for easy navigation through Canvas and BNC OER+ resources without the need for additional logins, as well as automatic registration of new users. This reference guide explains these features and how instructors can setup a “Web Link” in their section.

Single Sign-On

Single sign-on eliminates the need for multiple logins when BNC OER+ is launched from a Canvas section. Once a student or instructor logs into Canvas and selects the BNC OER+ link within their respective section, BNC OER+ is automatically launched and the student or instructor is automatically logged in.


Auto-enrollment eliminates the need to manually create accounts and enrollments in BNC OER+. When a student or instructor launches BNC OER+ for the first time, their account is automatically created and they are automatically enrolled.

II. Requirements / Before You Begin

Before setting up a Web Link, you must have the following:

Active Canvas Section

You must have an active Canvas account with instructor-level privileges and an active section.

Courseware Link

You must have a link to your Courseware section. This will likely have bene provided to you by your Courseware onboarding team.

LTI Connector

Canvas must be enabled for using a “LTI connector”. In most cases, this has already been setup by your LMS administrator.

III. Set up Courseware as an LTI APP

Step 1: Enter a course using Canvas

• Login to the Canvas platform to access the integrated dashboard of a course.
• After landing on to the course dashboard screen, find the settings page of the course from which you’d like to launch Courseware.

Enter a course

Step 2: Navigate to the ‘Settings’ page

Navigate to the settings page

 Step 3: Navigate to the ‘Apps’ page

Navigate to Apps tab

 Step 4: Click on the ‘View App Configurations’ button on the top right

Access the Configuration Menu Page

Step 5: Click on the ‘Add App’ button on the top right 

Add an application from the External Apps

Step 6: Configure Courseware as an LTI app. 

Following are the details you need to provide while configuring Courseware as an LTI app:
• Name: Enter a unique name of your application (Courseware)
• Consumer Key: <Will be provided by BNED>
• Shared Secret Key: <Will be provided by BNED>
• Launch URL: Under this field, enter the ‘Institution Class ID’ from the Class set up for Courseware and append it to your launch URL. This allows you to launch the courseware class from within the Canvas platform & directly land on to the ‘path’ screen of the courseware class.
• Privacy: This mode needs to be set to public in order to send the LTI parameters from source system.

For example: Enter Launch URL as shown below -<InstitutionClassIDAppendedHere>

Configuring Courseware as an LTI app

Once you provide all the details and click on the “Submit” button the “Courseware” app will be added to the list and will now be accessible under external apps section.  

Step 7: The Courseware app is added and available in the ‘External Apps’ section

The App can now be added as a link within this course.

Navigate to External Apps

IV. Place link within the Canvas course

Once Courseware is added as an App, it can be inserted into a course as a link.

Step 1: Navigate to the ‘Modules’ tab of the course

Go to “Modules” in the Course Menu

 Step 2: Add content item to the module

Click the Plus sign to add Content within the Module

Step 3: Add content of type ‘External Tool’; select ‘Courseware’ and add the item to the course module.

Add Content to the course module by selecting an external tool

Step 4: A link is added to the course module

Added link is visible under the course module

V. Access the Courseware class from within Canvas

Step 1: Enter the course using Canvas

Canvas Dashboard

Step 2: Access the link within “Modules” of the course

The Link displays within “Modules”

Step 3: Load Courseware in a new window

Launch Courseware by Clicking on the button to load it.

Launch Courseware Class

Step 4: You will be launched into Courseware

On clicking the button to launch Courseware in a new window, you will be taken to the learning path of the courseware class.

Class Path of Courseware


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