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Recently, IMS Global announced the deprecation schedule of the LTI 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, and 2.0 specifications. Going forward, LTI Core version 1.3 (LTI 1.3) will be the recommended specification for new integrations and any integrations wishing to upgrade their LTI security framework. The LTI 1.3 specification has an enhanced Security Framework and also allows tools to layer on new services (LTI Advantage) for a deeper integration experience.

With the IMS announcement also comes a security update, LTI versions 1.0.2 and 1.1.2, for tools that do not wish to update to LTI 1.3. After reviewing the CSRF threat described in the IMS announcement with our security team, we agree with the IMS recommendation to upgrade to LTI Core version 1.3. Instructure has no current plans for supporting versions 1.0.2 and 1.1.2 in Canvas LMS. This decision was made in part because the work to support them for LTI integrations is nearly as resource intensive (for tool providers and platforms) as supporting LTI 1.3, which Canvas is already certified for.  If this is a concern, please reach out to your Instructure CSM or Partner Manager so we can discuss your concerns.


Some useful resources for adopting LTI 1.3 and LTI Advantage services are listed here:

From IMS:

  • LTI 1.3 and LTI Advantage Overview: Within this link you will find public documents outlining the core LTI 1.3 specification, Advantage service specifications, an implementation guide, and more.

From Instructure:

Lauren Williams

Instructure + Unsplash

Posted by Lauren Williams Employee Jul 25, 2019

If you attended InstructureCon 2019, you heard us announce a new partnership with Unsplash, a leading community of photographers that supplies a large library of beautiful images. You may have even met some of the team or attended a presentation about the Unsplash platform. We’re excited to bring great content into Canvas through our integration with Unsplash.  


Why Unsplash?

Unsplash provides curated, high-resolution professional photographs for free. Curated images means safe searches! No more unsavory content showing up for you or your students. And with a library of over 1 million photographs, you’ll surely find something you can use to enhance your courses. 


Additionally, if you find an image that you love and want to see more from that photographer, you can easily click their name on the image thumbnail to visit their Unsplash profile. 


Where do I find Unsplash?

Right now, you’ll find Unsplash options in Canvas Commons and Canvas Course Card Images. Plus, if you’ve enabled the new RCE in beta, you’ll find it there in image options.


Watch for more information about the RCE being available in the production environment coming soon!