Guide to setup SensusAccess LTI with Sakai

  1. Register an account with SensusAccess LTI. Register. Once registered with SensusAccess LTI, one can receive an email confirmation mail with an approval link. Once clicked on the link and successful confirmation message, one can log in into the SensusAccess LTI portal. Remember to check spam email, if you do not see the confirmation email in the inbox.

  2. Contact Sensus in order to get your LTI access credentials. In order to process your request please make sure to specify in your email/call/letter the following:

    • A mention that you are requesting a SensusAccess LTI account
    • Organization name (School/University)
    • Full name of contact the person responsible for the SensusAccess LTI account
    • The desired email address associated with the SensusAccess LTI account
    • Name of the LMS Type (Sakai), you are requesting for

  3. Sakai OAuth tool configuration

    You can skip the Sakai OAuth tool configuration section if the tool is already configured in the instance. If so, you can move to the next section Sakai OAuth consumers configuration.

    In order to enable OAuth flow, you must have administrator login and need to follow the following steps:

  4. Login Sakai instance with administrator credentials and go to the Administration Workspace.

    Screenshot showing Sakai Administration Workspace.
  5. On the left panel, click on Sites menu and click on Edit site icon on the Site Id !admin.

  6. Click on Add/Edit pages at the bottom of the page.

  7. Click on New Page and add Title of the page.

  8. Click on Tools in Continue Editing section at the bottom of the page.

    Screenshot showing Sakai Tools Continue Editing.
  9. You have to add a new tool in the page by clicking on New Tool at the top of the page.

  10. Then you have to select oAuth Admin(sakai.oauth.admin) in the features dropdown.

    Screenshot showing Sakai OAuth Admin.
  11. Like !admin, you have to edit the !user template by clicking on Edit site icon. If it is difficult to find the template !user in the listing, you could use search filter in the page by just typing !user in the search box.

  12. You have to scroll down the page and click on Add/Edit pages.

  13. Click on New Page at the top of the page.

  14. You have to provide the Title and click on the Tools.

  15. After the new tool button is clicked, you have to select Trusted Applications (oauth.admin) in the features dropdown.

    Screenshot showing Sakai Trusted Applications.
  16. Now it is time to refresh the page by clicking on the refresh icon in the browser on the Administration Workspace and oAuth Admin should appear on the left menu.

    Screenshot showing Sakai oAuth Admin Menu.
  17. Sakai OAuth tool configuration

  18. Click on the oAuth Admin on the left menu

  19. Click on Add a consumer link and fill the form. You have to at least provide the following details while filling the form and the oAuth callback URL should always be

    Consumer’s key: Any text
    Consumer’s name: Any text
    oAuth callback url:
    oAuth secret: Any text

  20. You need to provide some rights for this consumer. Below in the image you can find which rights need to be checked and they are higlighted inside the red circle.

    Screenshot showing Sakai oAuth Admin consumer rights.
  21. You can note down the Consumer's key and oAuth secret because these pieces of information are needed in the SensusAccess LTI portal later. Click on Save button.

  22. Click on Enable record mode in the consumers listing.

  23. Go to your SensusAccess LTI account, click on the desired Associated LTI account. There might be more than one LTI accounts listed in "Associated LTI accounts" section, if your account is associated with multiple LMS. Screenshot showing where to click for the associated lti accounts
  24. You have to input Consumer key in Client Id field and oAuth Secret in Client Key that you received in step 19. Screenshot showing where to click to insert Client Id and Client secret

  25. Insert the Consumer key in Client Id field and oAuth Secret in Client Key that you received in step 19 and then click Save. Screenshot showing where to insert Client Id and Client secret

  26. Remaining in the LTI account page, you will see the Consumer Key, Shared Secret and the link for the LTI tool.
    Screenshot showing where to find the consumer key, shared secret and cartrige xml
    Use these in order to link your LMS system to the SensusAccess LTI Tool.

  27. Note: Now, after logging into the SensusAccess LTI page the Associated LTI account you have just finished setting up will appear in green. Screenshot showing that the associated lti account is set up correctly

Now lets embed the SensusAccess form inside any course within your LTI.

Configure the external tool in a course/project

Now it is time to configure the external tool to a course. To do so one has to follow the following steps:

  1. Click on the Administration workspace.

  2. Click on External Tools in the left panel.

  3. Click on Install LTI 1.x Tool

  4. Fill the form with the below mentioned fields:

    Site Id: Leave Site Id blank
    Tool Title: Give proper tool title for example SensusAccess LTI
    Button Text: Give proper button text
    Launch URL:

    Privacy Settings: Please check in the following options in the privacy settings.

    • Send User Names to External Tool
    • Send Email Addresses to External Tool
    Custom Parameters: By default, the tool runs as British English (en-GB) and if you want to run as different language, you could set a custom parameter. Custom fields is used to support localization. The tool's default language (if not supplied any value) is en-GB (British English). But one can provide other supported options like language=en-US or language=da-DK.

    Please check Tool supports LTI 1.3

    LTI 1.3 Tool OpenID Connect/Initialization Endpoint (provided by the tool):
    LTI 1.3 Tool Redirect Endpoint(s) (comma separated and provided by the tool):
    Type of LTI 1.1 Launch to Use: Please check Inherit System-Wide Default

  5. Click on Save button

  6. Once completed one can see the configured tool. After this, click on edit and then you will be redirected to your tool.
  7. Please go to the bottom of the page as shown in the following image.
    Screenshot showing Sakai LTI 1.3.
  8. In this page, you have to add a querystring to the LTI 1.3 tool OpenID Connect/Initialization Endpoint.
  9. Please replace YourClientID with your LTI 1.3 Client ID as shown in the above screenshot by the red arrow.
  10. At this time, you will have to figure out LTI 1.3 Client ID (provide to the tool) and LTI 1.3 Platform OIDC Authentication URL (provide to tool) for the External tool you registered. To get the LTI 1.3 Client ID and LTI 1.3 Platform OIDC Authentication URL, click on the tool you just created from the list.
    Screenshot showing external tools
  11. Note the values for the LTI 1.3 Client ID (provide to the tool) and LTI 1.3 Platform OIDC Authentication URL (provide to tool) in your Sakai instance (see red lined block in the below screenshot) and add them to the SensusAccess LTI portal which is in the next step.
    Screenshot showing LTI 1.3 tool view
  12. Now it is time to add LTI-1.3 Client Id and Auth login URL in the SensusAccess LTI portal. Click on the Edit button in your account in the SensusAccess LTI and choose LTI 1.3 in the LTI integration dropdown. When you click on the LTI integration, two input boxes appears LTI-1.3 Client Id and Auth login URL.
    Screenshot showing LTI 1.3 input keys
  13. Now the SensusAccess LTI tool is available to all courses.

  14. Now the SensusAccess LTI tool is configured properly and it's time to test the tool. The SensusAccess LTI tool doesn't run with Administrator role, so you hvae to login with the Sakai system with different user role for instance Instructor, Student, Teaching Assistant etc. Administrator user doesn't support OAuth flow in Sakai.

    Please activate the external tool in your course. To do go through following steps:

    • Go to any course and click on the Site Info of your course on the left menu.
    • Go to the Manage Tools tab and scroll down to the bottom of the page and extend External Tools as shown in the below screenshot. Screenshot showing Sakai manage tools.
    • Then check in the tool you just created and click Continue and then Finish in next page.

    In the course/project, if the user clicked on the SensusAccess LTI tool, SensusAccess conversion tool will be displayed. For the first time, the tool will ask the user's permission to access the course files and once the user gives the permission, the conversion form will be displayed. The user can revoke the permission anytime from the Trusted Applications menu.

    Screenshot showing Sakai authorization required.

    As Safari browser by default does not allow third party cookies in an iframe. To make the tool runnable in the Safari browser, the user has to uncheck the checkbox Prevent Cross-Site Tracking in Safari browser. See the screenshots below:

    Safari browser settings in Mac
    Prevent Cross-Site Tracking in Mac

    Safari browser settings in iPhone/iPad
    Prevent Cross-Site Tracking in iPhone/iPad

  15. Once done you will be able to add the LTI Tool to any course and the SensusAccess form will appear.

    The form will load automatically when clicking on the embedded link inside any course, as in the Demo. It should also be able to list all files within the course and the conversion results will be available either for direct download or sent to the email address of the logged in user.

    If instead of the SensusAccess form you are presented with the SensusAccess LTI home page. Please check again that all the necessary configurations have been done correctly and that you have added the correct API token/Consumer key/shared secret/Application Id etc. inside your SensusAccess LTI account.

Note: If you experience problems with any of the above steps, please contact us via the contact options on