It has become increasingly popular in institutes of higher education to use a Learning Management System (LMS), education technology that provides a cohesive online environment and facilitates the sharing of resources such as syllabus information and other course-related content. The LMS environment can also be beneficial as a means of communication between instructor/student and for facilitating grading and assessment of assignments. An LMS may also function as a communications hub to support student collaboration.
Some of the most widely used LMS applications include Blackboard, Moodle, and Canvas; these applications are often branded and customized to reflect the school’s unique identity and contribute to fostering a sense of community, recognizing that the online environment beyond the classroom is vitally important in meeting the needs of today’s students.
Another compelling reason for a school to use an LMS is that it can act as a one-stop destination for students and instructors to access externally-hosted learning tools used to enhance the educational experience. Students will have the advantage and convenience of access to labs, along with other class materials, through a single sign-on.
Now that we’ve discussed the benefits, let’s take a look at how NDG’s remote lab solutions, NETLAB+ and NDG Online, can be configured for access through your school’s LMS (supported LMS options include Canvas, Blackboard, and Moodle).
NETLAB+ supports LMS-LTI integration, using Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI), a standard protocol developed by the IMS Global Learning Consortium for integrating any Learning Management System (LMS) with any learning application. LTI is essentially plug-and-play; the NETLAB+ administrator or instructor integrates access to NETLAB+ from their LMS using the LMS access key and common cartridge.
A selection of NDG Online labs and courses support access through your school’s LMS. Learners’ outcomes and grades will be posted to your LMS. Similar to NETLAB+, NDG Online uses LTI for integration; instructors and administrators integrate access to the NDG Online Lab Service from their LMS using the LMS access key and common cartridge provided by NDG.