Blackboard Integration

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MimioConnect partners with EdLink to provide SSO Integration.

Completing the Blackboard integration process requires a Blackboard Administrator. If you do not have access to the System Admin area then you will not be able to complete this process. Please reach out to the appropriate system admin at your institution and ask them to complete these steps.

 

Add Edlink as a REST API Connection

Edlink connects through the Blackboard API to provide seamless experiences for teacher and students. In order to do so, you need to add Edlink as a REST API connection (even when you wish to leverage Edlink’s LTI capabilities). Here are the steps required to do so:

    1. Log into your school or university Blackboard account.
    2. Navigate to your System Admin tab by clicking System Admin in the top-right banner.
    3. Under the Integrations block, click on REST API Integrations.
    4. Click Create Integration in the top-left. The button may be slightly difficult to see depending on your organization’s custom styles.
    5. Fill out the form with the following details:
      • Application ID: Paste in this application ID: db1de065-8d3a-4641-9b2b-e3d8b5fbd92a
      • Learn User: Use your own account or create a new one. This field is irrelevant when End User Access is selected.
      • End User Access: Set to “Yes”. This field is important and allows your teachers and students to make use of this integration.
      • Authorized To Act As User: Set to “Yes”. This allows Edlink to make requests on the user’s behalf where applicable (e.g. submitting an assignment).
    6. Click the Submit button in the bottom-right to proceed.

You’re all done and ready to move on to the next step.

Complete the Integration

Visit the MimioConnect Edlink Integration page to register for an Edlink account, or sign in if you already have an Edlink account.

You will see the following screen.

When you get to the Sources page, select “Canvas” from the dropdown. You will see the following form:

Source Nickname – Create a nickname that your students and teachers will recognize. This name can be something like “Canvas” or “My School’s Canvas”. It does not have to be anything in particular, but it should be familiar to your users.

Canvas Domain The domain that you visit when you want to access Canvas. Typically, this will be something like https://myschool.instructure.com or https://canvas.myschool.edu.

Developer Key ID – Copy and paste the Developer Key that we created during the step above.

Developer Key Secret – Copy and paste the Developer Key Secret that we created during the step above. You can find it by clicking the “Show Key” button, below the other key. Please be careful that you copy the entire secret. Any missing characters will result in an inability for Edlink to connect. It is extremely important that you do not share this secret key with anyone else.

Administrator Account – This is the final step and ensures that you have completed everything else successfully.

    1. Click the Connect button on the right side of the box.
    2. Log into your Canvas account. You may already be logged in, in which case, skip to the next step.
    3. Canvas will prompt you to authorize Edlink. Click the blue “Authorize” button.
    4. Upon authorization, Canvas will send you back to Edlink and the box will change to say “Account Connected”.

If you are having trouble connecting, there is probably an error with your Canvas configuration. Most likely, you either incorrectly entered your school’s Canvas domain, or improperly copied over the Developer Key / Secret.

You are now finished and can click the black “Connect Source” button at the bottom of the screen.


Additional help and support is available at https://ed.link/docs/introduction

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