Digital Tools – Institutional Platforms

Digital & Online Tools Adoption Process

Digital tools offer innovative ways of engaging students in the learning process and can be integrated with Canvas as an application (LTI Tool) if they meet certain UMES standards. As you consider adopting a new digital tool for your class, don’t forget to consider the pedagogical, ethical/legal, and functional implications involved.

The Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) allows for the integration of many 3rd party applications and learning tools. Each request to integrate a new learning app will be reviewed in the areas of functionality, accessibility, security, FERPA compliance, and cost. Timeframes for integration depend on the unique attributes of each app. We recommend submitting your request as early as possible; the review process can take 1-2 months. 

Tools Adoption Process:

  1. Expression of Interest: Complete New Digital Tool Request Form
  2. Demonstration & Survey: Tool Demonstration & Evaluation
  3. Contract & Pricing/Funding:  Legal & Procurement Departments
  4. CITOL Review: CITOL evaluates the tool using the New Digital Tool Rubric
  5. University Council Review:  Contract and Rubric sent to the UMES Office of General Counsel for guidance
  6. Procurement Review & Approval: Procurement final review, approval, and purchasing
  7. Technical Integration: IT manages the integration of the new learning tool into Canvas
  8. Pilot Launch: Select group of faculty deploys the tool in designated courses
  9. Pilot Objectives/Survey: Development of objectives for Pilot launch of the tool
  10. Assessment & Recommendations: Review of tool effectiveness in meeting objectives and recommendations for improvement

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