Configuring Your LMS System

Granting students access to a READynamic eBook in your LMS System

Creating a student record in READynamic

Within READynamic an eBook can have three levels of access:

  • Public. Public titles are freely available to anyone to open and read.
  • Private.  Only the owner of the title can open it.
  • Restricted. For a student to open a restricted eBook, the owner of that eBook must share it with that student, or add it to a group (class) where that student can access it.

Restricted titles are secured within READynamic. For a student to be able to access a restricted title in READynamic through a local LMS system, the user must be defined in READynamic for that title. That means that the student must be defined within the eBook’s Access Control List (ACL) in READynamic. The ACL defines the access permissions granted to individuals for a specific eBook.  In other words, if you have a student JSmith@Boxcollege.com defined in Moodle or Canvas, you need to set up a matching record for that student in the eBook in READynamic.

To do this, find the eBook title on your READynamic bookshelf.  Click READynamic information icon for an eBook to open the Access Control Panel for that eBook. A screen appears providing detailed information about the title.

Grant the student access to the title. Click Contacts if the student’s record already exists in READynamic, or click New Contacts if the user has not been registered yet. Enter the user’s email address, the same one used in Moodle, and click Assign Access.

This step is not needed for public books, and in fact is disabled.  Public titles are intended for open access to all users.  Private eBooks in READynamic are only available to the author.

Making an eBook available in your LMS System

You can make books available for students using READynamic from within your Learning Management System.  That is, for an eBook stored in READynamic, a student could click on a link to that eBook from a course in your local LMS, such as Moodle or Canvas.The eBook title, even though it is accessed through the LMS, opens in READynamic.

Find the book on your READynamic bookshelf that you want to share with students in Moodle.

Click READynamic information icon for an eBook to open the Access Control Panel for that eBook. A screen appears providing detailed information about the title.

Look for the LTI link for that title in the lower left corner of the screen, under the author, publisher, number of pages, and file size.  The LTI link is a web address that defines where to find this title within READynamic.

LTI link from READynamic eBook

Copy this web address.

Open your Learning Management System and find the course where you want to add this title from READynamic. We illustrate this process below with two LMS systems, Moodle and Canvas.

Moodle

In Moodle, find the course where you want to add this title.

Make the course editable.

Click the tool icon in the upper right corner of the Moodle screen, Moodle edit icon.

Select “Turn editing on” from the dropdown list that appears.

Moodle drop down list

Select:

Add an activity

Select:

External tool

Click Add button.

External tool window

Enter the name of the book in the Activity Name field.  This in fact would be whatever a teacher wants a student to see on the Moodle course screen.

Leave the “Preconfigured tool” value set to “Automatic.”

Enter the LTI link you copied for this title from READynamic.

External tool window, finished

Click Save to return to the course. The title you added appears as a link in the Moodle course. A student could click on this link in Moodle to open the eBook in READynamic.

Canvas

Open the Canvas Course Landing Page and find the course where you want to add the eBook title.

Find the name of the course where you want to add the link to the eBook in READynamic.

Click Canvas plus button to the right of that course name.

Add Item Screen

Click the arrow next to Add at the top of the screen.

drop down list of options

Select External Tool.

Add result

Scroll to the bottom of the screen.

Enter URL and book name

Enter the name of the book in the Page Name field:

http://boxcollege.readynamic.com/readynamic/5?open_quiz=4

Enter the LTI link you copied for this title from READynamic into the URL field:

http://boxcollege.readynamic.com/readynamic/5?open_quiz=4

The screen should look like this:

eBook result

Click Add button

The book title appears as a link under this class on the Canvas Course Landing Page.

Working with Quizzes

Your LMS system can share quizzes and data for test results with READynamic.  For example, students can open and complete quizzes created in READynamic, and the results will be available to their teachers in Moodle.  And a teacher can add a quiz from READynamic to a class in Moodle.  A link for that quiz appears for the students on that class page, and when a student clicks on the link the quiz opens automatically in a new Moodle window.

Students and teachers can also review grades and test results from within their own LMS platform. For example, in Moodle a student or teacher could look at grades by selecting the Grades option in the left sidebar.

When a teacher creates a quiz in an eBook in READynamic, the system offers two types of quizzes to choose from, Self Assessments and Graded Assessments. The Self Assessment is native to READynamic.  A student working with an eBook in READynamic can click on a link to a Self Assessment within that book and it opens; when the student submits his or her results, the grades are stored and processed by READynamic.

A Graded Assessment is designed to be created in READynamic but available for students to access from a LMS environment, connected to READynamic through the LTI. In fact, when a teacher creates a Graded Assessment in READynamic, the Graded Assessment can only be accessed through a LMS product like Moodle or Canvas. To make the Graded Assessment accessible through Moodle or Canvas or a similar system, the teacher must create it in READynamic and then add a link to that Graded Assessment on a LMS course page, by adding the quiz in the LMS course as an external tool.

When a teacher creates a quiz in READynamic, he or she highlights a passage in an eBook where the quiz will be found in the text and chooses the option that appears for “Create overlay.”  From the Overlay window, the teacher selects the Quiz icon:

Quiz icon, READynamic

The window opens for creating a quiz in READynamic. Here the teacher would select “Graded Assessment.”

After the teacher creates and saves the Graded Assessment in READynamic, the system automatically provides an “LTI link,” or a web address, to that quiz. Use that LTI link to connect to that quiz from a course page in your LMS system.

The link looks like this in READynamic:

LTI link for Quiz from READynamic

The teacher copies this LTI link and moves to the local LMS system. We demonstrate how to do this using examples from two popular LMS tools, Moodle and Canvas.

To find this quiz screen in READynamic later, open the eBook where the quiz was saved, and find the highlighted text where the quiz was created. Right click on the text and select Edit Overlay.

For more details on creating and working with a quiz in READynamic, see the READynamic Portal User Guide. This PDF document is included with your READynamic installation package.  It is also available for download from this Datalogics Developer’s site.

Moodle

Open the course in Moodle and make the course editable.

Click the tool icon in the upper right corner of the Moodle screen, Moodle edit icon.

Select “Turn editing on” from the dropdown list that appears.

Moodle drop down list

Select:

Add an activity

Select:

External tool

Click Add button.

External tool window

Enter the name of the quiz or assessment in the Activity Name field.  This is whatever the teacher wants the students to see.

Paste the LTI link into the Tool URL field. This is the LTI link that appears on the READynamic screen when you created the quiz.

Completed Moodle External Tool window

Click Save and return to the course. The test you added appears as a link in the Moodle course.

When the quiz is embedded in the Moodle course students in that course will see it as a link, and will be able to open it. After the student submits the quiz, READynamic passes the grade on to Moodle and the window closes.

Canvas

Open the Canvas Course Landing Page and find the course where you want to add the link to the quiz in READynamic.

Click Canvas plus button to the right of that course name.

Add Item Screen

Click the arrow next to Add at the top of the screen.

drop down list of options

Select External Tool.

Add result

Scroll to the bottom of the screen.

Enter URL and book name

Enter the name of the quiz in the Page Name field:

http://boxcollege.readynamic.com/readynamic/5?open_quiz=4

Enter the LTI link you copied for this title from READynamic:

http://boxcollege.readynamic.com/readynamic/5?open_quiz=4

The screen should look like this:

Quiz screen result

Click Add button

The name of this quiz appears as a link under this class on the Canvas Course Landing Page.