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Flip integration (LTI)
Many students can find it intimidating to speak up in class, even if it’s an online lesson. Flip is a free app from Microsoft that aims to ease students into class participation. Instructors start by creating a group with their students and adding a topic of discussion. Students then respond via video, audio, or short texts, to express their ideas or build on their peer’s observations.

These conversions are interactive and can be asynchronous, meaning that teachers don’t have to be available 24/7 to respond. Instead, all users can reflect on their ideas and view others’ responses whenever it suits them. The engagement resulting from digital video content is a surefire way to get students to express themselves.

If you're new to Flip, learn more about how Flip works.

What you can do with the integration:

  • Create assignments that automatically create Flip topics connected, so student responses there show up in the Gradebook.
  • Give students access to those topics from their Xen.Ed accounts, so they don't need to use a password or other login credentials.

What you cannot do with the integration:

  • Admin-level or system-wide setup. Individual educators need to install the integration themselves.
  • Install the integration with a non-Teacher role in Canvas, such as Course Designer or Administrator.
  • Integrate or connect previously created Flip content.
  • Split students into smaller groups within the course.
  • Copy feedback provided on Flip to Canvas, or vice versa.
  • Leave text comments on topic responses (only available on iOS),

Before you start

Please note: Educators must have their own Flip account.

Have your Integration Keys handy for copy-pasting as you'll need them during the process. These pieces of information combined form what is known as an LTI "passport"

Please note: These values should be your own and be kept safe to avoid giving anyone access to your learner data!

1. Adding your LTI passport to your Xen.Ed course

Navigate to your course's Advanced Settings and scroll down or search the page to find the LTI Consumer Passports field.

The passport must entered in the format: "id:client_key:client_secret". The quotes are important:
  1. The ID is what we use to tell Xen.Ed what key to use. In this case we'll use flip as our ID, so that you can easily identify it later, especially if you setup several LTIs.

  2. The client_key is the Flip Consumer Key.

  3. The client_secret is the Flip Shared Secret.
When put together, it should look like this:

2. Insert your content using the LTI Consumer component

Now that you have an LTI passport set up, the final thing we need to do is insert Flat into your course. 

First, make sure to enable the component from your Admin/configuration panel. Make sure "LTI Consumer" is available in the list on the right.

Once this is enabled, navigate to the page where you want to insert the assignment or activity. Under Advanced, select LTI Consumer.

From the newly dropped component, select Edit. and set your Display Name to a name that matches your activity.

Then fill the URL field with the following value:

If your content is a problem that you want to grade, ensure that you set Scored to True and give it a Weight of however many points you want the question to be worth. 

Note that this is useful even if the subsection isn't graded, as the learner's practice scores will still pull through to let them see that they've completed the activity and give the learner the satisfaction of seeing a correct score recorded.

Lastly, but most importantly, set Send Extra Parameters to True
This will send details like the learner's email address across to Flip and allow their progress to be saved and recalled.

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