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Installing & Using the BLENDING EDUCATION Microlearning Library App in Moodle

These are instructions for setting up the free Blending Education App in your Moodle LMS. The free App contains hundreds of free resources from every course. If you would like to purchase any courses or the entire library, please visit https://blending.education/app to get institutional pricing information.

Once you install the free Blending Education App, the free lessons and any courses you have purchased will automatically appear.

 

STEP 1: ADD BLENDING EDUCATION AS AN LTI 1.3 TOOL PROVIDER
(Administrator)

The free BLENDING EDUCATION App must be added to your Moodle LMS on an institutional level. After you add BLENDING EDUCATION as an LTI Tool Provider, you’ll generate credentials, including your unique Client ID and Deployment ID. You must then supply us with your generated credentials. You can start using the BLENDING EDUCATION App once we have verified your credentials.

1) As an Administrator, go to Site Administration > Plugins > Activity modules > External Tool > Manage Tools

2) Under Manage Tools, add the tool manually. Select the link in > Alternatively, you can configure a tool manually.

3) Choose Expand all on the right, to expand all form fields

4) Under Tool settings, select/enter the following:

Tool Name: Anything you like, such as Microlearning Library or Blending Education App

Tool URL: Enter https://ltiaas.blending.space

Tool Description: Enter an optional description, for example: Get thousands of “on-demand” lessons delivered directly to your course in Science, Math, Social Sciences, Humanities, Student Success, Business, Law, and AP®.

LTI version: Select LTI 1.3

Public Keyset: Enter https://ltiaas.blending.space/keys

Initiate login URL: Enter https://ltiaas.blending.space/login

Redirection URI(s): Tool URL and any other launch endpoint your application might use. Enter: https://ltiaas.blending.space  (make sure there is no ‘/’ at the end of the URL)

Custom parameters: [leave blank]

Set the Tool Configuration field to Show in activity chooser as a preconfigured tool 

Default launch container: Choose Embed, without blocks

Tick the Supports Deep Linking (Content-item message) box to enable deep linking. This is required to use the tool.

Under Services, select the following:

IMS LTI Assignment and Grade Services: Select Use this service for grade sync and column management

IMS LTI Names and Role Provisioning: Select Use this service to retrieve members’ information as per privacy settings

Tool Settings: Select Use this service

Under Privacy, select the following:

Share launcher’s name with tool: Select Always

Share launcher’s email with tool: Select Always

Accept grades from the tool: Select Always

Under Miscellaneous, enter the following:

Organization ID: Enter your Organization’s name

Organization URL: Enter your Organization’s website address

5) Select Save Changes.

 

STEP 2: COPY & SEND US YOUR CREDENTIALS
(Administrator)

1) In Site Administration > Plugins > Activity modules > External Tool > Manage Tools, select the icon to retrieve the Configuration Details of the Blending Education App.

2) Choose Email.

3) In your email dialog box, enter sales@blending.education to send us your credentials. Please include your name, institution, phone number and any courses or libraries you would like to purchase.

4) We will register your App on our system. Note that you will see the error message “Unregistered Platform” until we connect you. Once your App is registered with us, every teacher in your institution will be able to use it instantly to add lessons to their courses.  We’ll send you a confirmation email as soon as we register you.


STEP 3:
ADD RESOURCES FROM THE BLENDING EDUCATION APP to your Course (Teacher)

1) In your course in Moodle, select +Add an activity or resource

2) Select External Tool

3) Name your activity then select the BLENDING EDUCATION App from Preconfigured Tool

3) Choose Select content. The Resource Selector appears. You can select a resource or search for resources in the Search box. Select the resource you want, then choose Select. Choose additional settings if necessary, then choose Save and return to course. The resource is now added to your course!

Each time you add a resource, a grade column will be created within your Moodle LMS Gradebook. Once students complete the lesson, grades will appear. Grades can take up to 1 minute after a lesson is completed to appear in your Gradebook.

All resources allow just one attempt, regardless of how many attempts you specify. If you would like students to have more attempts, then you can add additional instances of the resource (repeat steps 1 through 3).

For questions or support, contact support@blending.education.

 

Happy Blending!

FAQs

What is the BLENDING EDUCATION App?
The BLENDING EDUCATION Microlearning Library App is an online learning repository that contains thousands of self-grading microlearning lessons that you can use instantly in your course in your LMS. Aligned with OpenStax, you can choose from lessons in Science, Math, Social Sciences, Humanities, Student Success, Business, Law, and AP® & more.

What is the difference between the BLENDING EDUCATION App and subscribing to a course in the BLENDING SPACE?
Courses purchased through our shop are discounted and licensed for teachers. The BLENDING EDUCATION App contains lessons from all of our courses and is licensed for the entire institution. Lessons are accessed individually through the institution’s LMS and added to courses. Neither teachers nor students need to create accounts/log in. The App is a yearly subscription licensed on an institutional level, and allows every teacher within the institution access to unlimited individual lessons to use and re-use in unlimited courses and with unlimited students.

For hosted BLENDING SPACE courses, teachers can purchase an individual subscription to any course for $199 per year, and use the single course with all of their classes.  Courses are for teachers who want a ready-to-use course for just their own classes. Both teachers and students will create an account and log in to the hosted BLENDING SPACE.

Is the BLENDING EDUCATION App really free? What is the cost to students?
You can install and use the App absolutely free! There are hundreds of free lessons that you can use without purchasing a subscription to the library or courses. There is no cost to students, and you can use all of the lessons with unlimited students throughout your institution.

Where can I install the BLENDING EDUCATION App?
Institutions can install the App in any LMS that accepts LTI 1.3 Advantage external tools: Canvas, Blackboard, Moodle, D2L Brightspace, Sakai, and others.
Currently, Schoology and Google Classroom do not support LTI 1.3 yet, but when they do the App will work with them.

Where can I get help installing or using the App?
Check our Support page for installation instructions and frequently asked questions. Or, if you need more help, you can open a support ticket.

I’m a teacher, how do I get courses through the App?
Ask your institution to install the App and contact us for pricing.

How do I purchase Courses, Packages or the Library?
Please contact us for institutional pricing. If you are a teacher, you can purchase a subscription to any course in the Shop.

 

TROUBLESHOOTING

ERROR MESSAGES
To use the App, you must supply us with your Client ID so that we can register your institution on our Platform. After installing the App, you will receive the following error message until we register you:

{“status”:400,”error”:”Bad Request”,”details”:{“message”:”UNREGISTERED_PLATFORM”}}

This is normal; once we register you, you’ll be able to use the App. Please contact sales@blending.education or support@blending.education with your name, institution, and phone number to register, or for more information.

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