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Using Blackboard with Flat for Education

Flat with Blackboard

Using Blackboard Learn for your music courses? Flat for Education is the best solution to create any music notation activity in Blackboard. Flat provides you seamless integration with Blackboard: SSO (Single Sign-in) and rostering and assignments with Flat.

On this help page you will discover how to:

If you need any help to configure or use Blackboard with Flat for Education, please contact us at edu@flat.io.

Setup your Blackboard Learn Integration

It only takes a couple of seconds to set up Blackboard for your Flat for Education account.

1) Go to your Account Settings > Integrations > LTI and copy the Consumer Key and Shared Secret. Keep these details private, they will allow Blackboard Learn to access to your Flat for Education school account.

2) As a Blackboard Learn admin, open your Blackboard website, then go to your “System admin, under “Integrations”, click on “LTI Tool Providers”, then “Register Provider Domain”.

System admin > Integrations > LTI Tools Providers

Register provider domain

3) Register the following provider domain (see a screenshot of the full page):

  • Provider domain status:
    • Provider domain: flat.io
    • Provider Domain Status: Approved
  • Default Configuration:
    • Default Configuration: Set globally
    • Tool Provider Key and Tool Provider Secret: Your credentials from step 1)
  • Institution policies:
    • Send User Data: Send user data only over SSL
    • User Fields to Send: You can choose here which data and PII your LMS will send to our servers. The minimum required information is Role in Course. Optionally, you can send a Name and Email Address if you want to have them displayed in our apps, otherwise Flat for Education can work without any PII.

Then click on “Submit” to save the domain configuration.

4) To create a Course Content Tool placement, click on the arrow next to our domain and choose “Manage placements”, then click on the Create placement button:

Manage placements

Create placement

  • Placement Information:
    • Label: Flat for Education
    • Handle: flat-edu-course-content (that can be whatever you want)
    • Availability: Yes
    • Type: Course content tool with Allows grading.
    • Launch in New Window: We recommend to enabled this option. Flat for Education will be opened in a full tab, which is a good idea to have a better experience, especially on a small screens.
  • Tool provider information
    • Tool Provider URL: https://flat.io/lti/launch
    • Tool Provider Key and Tool Provider Secret will be already set from your global settings.

Then click on “Submit” to save the course content tool configuration.

Activities with Flat for Education in Blackboard Learn

To create a new activity using Flat for Education in your Blackboard Learn instance, open a course and turn the Edit mode on.

Turn editing mode on

Under the Content page, click on Build content and choose Flat for Education.

Build content

On the Blackboard content creation page, you can add at least a Name for the activity. Optionally you can enable Grading to have your grades automatically pushed to Flat for Education. Click on Submit to sabe the assignment on Backboard.

Once your content is created on your Blackboard site, open it to complete the Flat for Education configuration. Choose if you want to create a Score assignment or a Worksheet assignment and the different settings. Make sure you click on Publish to make the assignment available to your students.

Assignment type

That’s all, your assignment is ready! As soon as your student open the assignment from your Blackboard course, you will see their names listed on the Flat for Education assignment page, have access to their work and be able to give them live feedback.

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