Moodle: How to add a Learning Science Homepage

Moodle: How to add a Learning Science Homepage

Before you start...
  1. You will need the LTI URL(s) for your LearnSci homepage(s) provided by Learning Science.
  2. The LTI URL should have the following format: https:// resources.learnsci.co.uk/enrol/lti/tool.php?id=xxxxx (where xxxxx is a set of numbers unique to your homepage).
  3. You may also need your Consumer Key and Shared Secret if this has been provided to you.
 1. Navigate to the Moodle course/module where you want to add your LearnSci Homepage and select "Turn editing on".



2. Select "Add an activity or resource".



3. Select "External tool".



4. Select "Show more…" to reveal all of the fields in the General section of the form.

The External tool form may have additional fields but you only need to complete the ones below.



5. Add a name for the LearnSci Homepage.

6. (Optional) Add a description for the LearnSci Homepage.

If a description is added, "Display description on course page" will also have to be ticked.



7. Ensure "Automatic, based on tool URL" is selected in the "Preconfigured tool" field.

8. Add the LTI URL for your LearnSci Homepage, LabSim or Smart Worksheet into the "Tool URL" and "Secure tool URL" fields. 

9. You must select "New window" as the launch container.



It will only be possible to open LTI URLs in a new window as the cookies generated are considered 3rd party and are blocked on many browsers by default.
Note: A green tick by the Tool URL field (after the LTI URL has been added) means the Learning Science LTI tool configuration has been recognised and you do not need to add a Consumer Key or Shared Secret (skip steps 10 & 11).

If you are not sure, get in touch to check your configuration at support@learnsci.co.uk

10. Add the "Consumer key".  There is no need to add this if you see a  beside the "Tool URL" field as shown in step 8.

11. Add the "Shared Secret". There is no need to add this if you see a  beside the "Tool URL" field as shown in step 8.



Once you have entered the Consumer key and Shared secret, make sure a green tick appears beside the Tool URL field to indicate the Learning Science LTI tool has been recognised before continuing to the next step.

12. Select "Privacy" to reveal all of the fields.



13. Tick "Share launcher’s name with the tool".

14. Tick "Share launcher's email with the tool".

Sharing the launcher's name and email with the tool will allow you to distinguish users within the Moodle Gradebook. If these settings are not ticked, students will be given anonymised names and email addresses.

15. Make sure "Accept grades from the tool" is not ticked.

If you are looking to add a grade synced activity and want to have a grade column created within the Moodle Gradebook then follow this guide instead.



16. Select "Common module settings" to reveal all of the fields.



17. Set the visibility of the activity to "Show on course page" or "Hide from students".

We recommend that the LearnSci Homepage is hidden from students and that individual resources are made available to them.



18. Select "Save and return to course" to verify that the link is working correctly.




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If you need further help, please let our support team know by using the "Submit a ticket" form at the bottom of this page or contact support@learnsci.co.uk

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