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Digital Learning Environment - About External Tools and Tool Change Requests

The first part of this article lists the external tools that are available for integration in Canvas. Part two explains how to activate external tools and import them into courses.


Aside from the tools supported by UWM (by CETL, or by other offices) a library of tools are approved for use by instructors. These tools have been approved through both the UW System External Tool vetting process, and the UWM IT Procurement process. These tools have varying ranges of support, and a varying frequency of use. 

Instructors can use the UWM Canvas Tools link in any course (Canvas - External Tools - Request for a Tool to be Added to My Course) to request a tool, and to browse the complete list of tools that are available at UWM. Some tools are Opt-In, where submitting a request triggers a business process to add a tool to a course. Other tools are always available. Still others are "by special request only" because enabling the tool requires some sort of additional business process to be carried out before the tool can be made available. 

Who can request an existing external tool to be added to a course?

  • Instructors may request for a tool to be added to any course they have access to.
  • CETL Support Commons partners in the schools and colleges may request for tools to be added as they represent the school/colleges interests and with the instructor's intent.
  • Deans, associate deans, chairs, school heads and department managers may request for tools to be added for a course, an entire department subaccount, or an entire school/college where applicable.

What tools are available?

Resources to share with instructors

Who should instructors contact for assistance with external tools?

  • Supported by the CETL Support Commons and the UWM Help Desk.
    • Canvas including Commons, ePortfolio, UDOIT, and Atomic Search.
    • Kaltura (a.k.a. My Media, Mediaspace, KMS GO), but not Kaltura Classroom.
    • Zoom for Instruction
    • Open Educational Resource tools: H5P, Hypothesis, PressBooks.
    • Student Response Systems: PointSolutions and Mentimeter
    • Proctoring: Proctorio, but not LockDown Browser and Monitor
    • Respondus Exam Editor
  • Supported by the UWM Help Desk primarily
    • Microsoft 365
    • Microsoft Teams integrated with Canvas
    • Zoom for non-instructional events
  • Supported by Classroom Services
    • Kaltura Classroom
  • All other tools are supported by the vendor or publisher for both instructors and students.
  • In all cases, CETL supports the integration between Canvas and the tool. 

The CETL Support Commons supports the integration between tools and Canvas.

Keywordscanvas instructure external tool integration activate h5p cengage macmillan mcgraw-hill connect deep linking norton opt-in optin sub account by request dlereq   Doc ID90543
OwnerBenjamin G.GroupCETL
Created2019-03-21 13:27:34Updated2023-08-18 11:24:45
SitesUW-Milwaukee Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
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