[LON-CAPA-users] Development/Canvas Integration

Rex Abert ABERTR at tcc.fl.edu
Wed Oct 2 09:57:49 EDT 2019

I can see from the emails I receive whenever Stuart updates the LC code, that work is underway for LTI integration (Canvas, Blackboard, et al.).  I am curious to know where progress on this stands.

The reason I ask is that our Physics people at TCC are planning to dump LC after the professor using LC retires, in favor of Lumen, since Lumen supports LTI integration.  That would leave me as the sole user of LC for my math courses.

Needless to say, I think this is a bad move.  LC has far greater capabilities than any other LMS.  But greater capability comes with a bit steeper learning curve for users.  From the student side,
using LC is similar to Lumen (except for Canvas integration).  I've used many different LMS, including Alex, MyMathLab, WebAssign, MyOpenMath/Lumen, and LC.  Lumen is fine for the lower
level courses, but I've been using LC for higher level courses for some time, and I don't want to re-invent the wheel for Lumen.

One of our newer Physics professors is in the process of re-implementing LC course work on Lumen, and he is using LC source code to help him.  He was talking to me about stealing the code for unit conversions the other day.

Forgive my rant.  I'm just feeling a bit discouraged today.

Rex Abert
Professor of Mathematics
Tallahassee Community College

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