How do I link to an external tool in Modules?

Canvas recently introduced a new page design called the New Canvas User Interface (UI). Depending on your Canvas view, your page design may vary from the images shown in this lesson. However, the functionality and location of the components remain the same.

In Modules, you can add links to configured external tools in Course Settings. However, you can still add unconfigured tools if you know the required information for the external tool.

Open Modules

Open Modules

In Course Navigation, click the Modules link.

Add Content

Add Content

Click the Add Item button.

Select External Tool

Select External Tool

Click the Add [Item Type] To: drop-down menu and select the External Tool option.

Add External Tool

Add External Tool

Locate the configured tool and click the Search icon. An external window will appear in your browser; follow the instructions to add the tool.

Add Unconfigured Tool

Add Unconfigured Tool

If you want to add a tool that has not been configured in your course, locate the configuration URL for the tool you want to link to and type the URL in the URL field [1]. Give your External Tool a Page Name [2]. To have the tool open in a new browser tab, click the Load this tool in a new tab checkbox [3]. Choose whether or not to indent the item in the module drop-down menu [4].

Note: Because Basic LTI configurations can be added at a later time, the dialog will accept URLs that don't match any existing configurations. However, when you try to navigate to an external tool that is not configured, you'll see an error message indicating the problem.

Add Item

Add Item

Click the Add Item button.

View Module

View Module

The External Tool will be added to the bottom of the module. To publish the external tool, click the Publish icon.