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Canvas - Coursera Integration over LTI

Coursera courses can be integrated into Canvas using LTI 1.3 technology. Once a Coursera course(s) is enabled in the Canvas environment, following the instructions in this document, users will be able to perform Single Sign-On to Coursera course(s) right from the Canvas learning management system (LMS) and learning results will be synced from Coursera to Canvas LMS.

Article content:

General Integration Overview Video

Grade Sync Options Overview Video

LTI Setup for Final Grade Sync Instructions

General Integration Overview Video

Grade Sync Options Overview Video

Note: for more info about grade sync options see the article Grades sync to LMS from Coursera.

LTI Setup for Final Grade Sync Instructions

Attention: If you are interested in GRANULAR GRADE SYNC (Option A or B), please follow the instructions from the given article

If you would like to proceed with the FINAL GRADE SYNC option, please follow the instructions given below. 

The integration setup steps are the following:

  1. Register developer key at Canvas instance;
  2. Configure the Canvas application for Coursera;
  3. Configure LTI tool parameters;

  4. Publish Coursera courses in your LMS;
  5. Access Coursera courses from Canvas;
  6. Sync learning results from Coursera to Canvas.

The detailed instructions are given below.

Configuring Coursera as an LTI tool

Registering developer key at Canvas instance


  1. Log in to the Canvas website as an Administrator.
  2. Click the Admin menu item and then choose the Account that you would like to configure Coursera courses for. 

    Tip: If you want to limit access to the LTI tool, you can create a tool on a sub-account level by choosing the sub-account in the Accounts list.

  3. Select Developer keys on the left menu board.
  4. Click +DEVELOPER KEY and select +LTI KEY.
  5. Enter the following details and click SAVE:
    Key Name: whatever you prefer
    Redirects URIs: https://coursera.gg4l.com/auth/lti13/SSO
    Method: Manual Entry
    Title & Description: whatever you prefer
    Target Link URI: https://coursera.gg4l.com/auth/lti13/SSO
    OpenID Connect Initiation URL:  https://coursera.gg4l.com/lti/tools/login_initiations
    JWK Method: Public JWK URL

    Enable LTI Advantages Services:
     - Can create and view assignment data in the gradebook associated with the tool.
     - Can view assignment data in the gradebook associated with the tool.
     - Can view submission data for assignments associated with the tool.
     - Can create and update submission results for assignments associated with the tool.
     - Can retrieve user data associated with the context the tool is installed in.
    Additional Settings
    Custom Fields: userId=$Canvas.user.id
    Privacy Level: Public
    Placements: Assignment Selection
    Assignment Selection
    Select Message Type: LtiDeepLinkingRequest
    Target Link URI: https://api.gg4l.com/datahub/services/ims/lti/v1p3/deep_linkimage1
  6. The LTI Key is now created. In the Details copy clientID and choose the ON option for State.

Configuring the Canvas application for Coursera

  1. Navigate to Settings and select the Apps tab. 
  2. Click the VIEW APP CONFIGURATIONS button.

  3. Click the +APP button.Screenshot 2022-04-16 at 18.18 1
  4. Enter the following details and click SUBMIT:
    Configuration Type: By Client ID
    Client ID: paste the value copied from step 6 in the "Registering developer key at Canvas instance" section:Screenshot 2022-04-16 at 18.21 1

LTI tool configuration parameters

Get the deployment_id, by navigating to Admin->Settings->Apps->View App configurations. Select the respective tool from the list of external apps and click the gear icon to get the Deployment ID.

In order to configure LMS integration in GG4L Connect, please provide GG4L Customer Support with the following data:

Authentication request URL: https://{your canvas host}.instructure.com/api/lti/authorize_redirect

Public keyset URL: https://{your canvas host}.instructure.com/api/lti/security/jwks

Access token URL: https://{your canvas host}.instructure.com/login/oauth2/token

Issuer: https://canvas.instructure.com

Client ID: from step 6 in the "Registering developer key at Canvas instance" section

Deployment ID: deployment_id in Canvas is exposed after a tool has been deployed using the client_id

Publishing Coursera courses in your LMS

This section describes publishing Coursera Course(s) into a Canvas course.

To allow grades passback from Coursera to Canvas the links to Coursera courses should be published as Assignments. 

  1. Open the content of the course (use the Courses menu item in the left navigation panel to display a list of courses)
  2. Select the Assignments sub-menu of the Courses menu item and select assignments group (assignments group can be created as a part of creating a new assignment)
  3. Click "+" icon to the right of the assignments group - the Add Assignment dialog window is shown.
  4. Select External Tool for the "Type" (the first field in the window).
  5. Click the MORE OPTIONS button - a new Assignment configuration view is to be shown.
  6. Fill out the "Assignment name".
  7. Points should be equal to 100:
    That’s required for the correct learning results synchronization.
  8. Click the FIND button in front of the Enter or find an External Tool URL field in the Submission Type section.
  9. Select “Coursera” from the list -  a list of Coursera courses will be shown in the Link Resource from External Tool popup window.
  10. Select the desired program -> course and click  SUBMIT.

  11. Click SELECT to close the window.
  12. Check the checkbox for Load This Tool In A New Tab under the Enter or find an External Tool URL in the Submission Type section.
  13. Click the SAVE AND PUBLISH button. This will activate a new assignment that is SSO-linked to a Coursera course.
  14. Repeat the steps to create assignments for the rest of the desired Coursera courses.

Accessing Coursera Course from Canvas

To access the Coursera course an LMS learner/instructor would navigate to the Assignments section of the LMS course and click the hyperlink that is associated with the corresponding Coursera course.


A new page will show a description of the Coursera course. Clicking the Load <course name> in a new window button will launch a Single Sign-On to a Coursera course.


Once the user is redirected to Coursera for the first time, the user is prompted to complete enrollment:

There are 2 scenarios at this stage:

1. The user already has a Coursera account: the system will ask the user to provide an email address and a password for the existing account:image16

2. The user is new to Coursera: the system will prompt the user to create a password:

Once the user establishes an association with the Coursera program, they will be navigated to a respective Coursera course page and need to click "Enroll":

Note: here is a link to the article on how to access Coursera that you can share with your students.

Please note: some browsers have pop-up blockers set by default which prevent users from showing the page. Please make sure the blocker is turned off before you access the course. 

Syncing learning results from Coursera to Canvas

To examine learning results from Coursera for learners, who are enrolled in the course, LMS Instructor needs to use the Grades submenu of the respective LMS course.

LMS Learners can view their own learning results from Coursera using the Grades submenu of the respective LMS course.

Grades are scaled from 0 to 1 and are shown when a learner completes the respective course in Coursera.