Third-party application integration in Brightspace
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Third-party application integration in Brightspace allows instructors to add functionality to Brightspace courses using special connectors to external resources and services (e.g., online textbook resources). These integrations support everything from single sign-on to Brightspace Grades Tool synchronization, reducing instructor workload and providing students with a more unified user experience.
Simple versus deep integration
Third-party integrations fall into two categories: simple and deep. Simple integration includes single sign-on to the third-party application through Brightspace and links in Brightsapce that take students to external resources and services. Deep integration exposes more of the application's functionality in Brightspace and typically involves sharing data with Brightspace tools (e.g., Grades). Integration between learning management systems like Brightspace and third-party applications is made possible through the use of a set of shared interoperability standards. The current version of these standards is Learning Tools Interoperability Core Specification Version 1.3, released in 2019.
Full list of available integrations
Minnesota State maintains a complete list of all third-party applications approved for activation by system schools. Because different schools use different applications, the decision to activate a specific integration rests with each school. If you are interested in activating an integration on this list that's not already enabled at WSU, contact TLT (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you are interested in integrating a new application into Brightspace that's not on Minnesota State's list, contact TLT (email@example.com). We work with the system office to review and approve all new third-party integrations. Because some of these integrations involve sharing private student data with other vendors, this review process includes reviews by WSU and system office data governance groups and can take some time to complete, so plan accordingly.
Currently installed third-party integrations
Course Tools (MacMillan Learning)
Elsevier Evolve Link
Elsevier supplies e-textbooks for nursing students. Evolve Link interfaces with the Brightspace grade book.
Films on Demand Remote Plugin (ISF) (Info Base Publishing)
First Day (Barnes & Noble Campus)
First Day is a program offered by Barnes & Noble College (BNC), owners of our campus Bookstore, designed to reduce the cost to students of access to publisher-provided online resources. Working with publishers, BNC is able to offer students short-term access to publishers' online resources for less than if students were to purchase the same access from the publisher directly.
Hypothesis enables students to annotate online readings. Digital annotation offers new affordances, enabling students to respond to text using different media and empowering them to collaborate on understanding and developing ideas about their readings.
LinkedIn Learning has over 15,000 courses that focus on many different topics. This integration allows you to load any of these resources (i.e. from an individual video, entire course, or playlist you create) into your classes and allow students to view these seamlessly.
MH Connect - Deep Integration
Microsoft Teams Meetings (D2L)
You can create meetings in Microsoft Teams from inside your Brightspace course and insert the links directly into the course content. The meeting is created in the same HTML editor you use to define the content of the page that will ultimately hold the meeting link.
There are instructions for creating Microsoft Teams meetings at:
MindTap is the online learning platform that gives instructors complete course control. Craft personalized, engaging experiences that boost performance and deliver access to eTextbooks, study tools and more.
My Media (Kaltura MediaSpace)
The Kaltura MediaSpace integration allows for the easy inclusion of videos from MediaSpace in a Brightspace course. This can happen by either posting a link to the video or embedding the video directly into the course content.
MyLab and Mastering (Pearson)
Office 365 (Microsoft)
The OneNote integration is designed to provide access to the power of OneNote Class Notebook features (i.e. Content Library, Collaborative Notes, and Individual Notes) to your Content within BrightSpace.
Open Learning INitiative
Packback Questions (Packback, Inc.)
Brightspace Pulse is a mobile application that helps your students stay connected to your Brightspace courses with one easy view of course calendars, readings, assignments, evaluations, grades, and announcements. Students use Pulse to quickly check in with all the courses in which they are enrolled from their phone.
RedShelf is a supplier of electronic textbooks. With over a million titles, RedShelf offers a wide variety of content and easy integration into Brightspace courses.
Respondus LockDown Browser (Respondus)
Tevera Academic (Tevera)
Tevera is designed to support field work as part of curricular activities. Teachers use Tevera to manage field placements, track hours and progress, deliver documents to the students, automate workflows, and track learning objectives.
The Turnitin tool is designed to scan student work for potential plagiarism.
The VoiceThred integration is designed to fully integrate your VoiceThreds into the content areas of your course and take advantage of the many capabilities this tool has to offer.
The Cengage tool WebAssign allows faculty to create and deploy assignments and assess individual or entire class performance.
W. W. Norton
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For further information on whom to contact at each of the vendors, refer to [ Brightspace integrations vendor list].