Blackboard Integration

SSO - Tools Area Link

Foliotek's LTI capabilities can be leveraged in Blackboard to provide students and faculty with easy access to their Foliotek account dashboard.  If using Foliotek Presentation, custom parameters can be added to send the user directly to their ePortfolios, Projects, or Files Repository.  For organizations using Foliotek Competency Based Assessment (CBA), a custom parameter can be used on a faculty only link to access the evaluations area for scoring.

You can place the link in the Tools area accessed from the left navigation menu in the student account.  With this, the student would click on 'Tools' and then have the Foliotek links as one of several options to select from.
Blackboard Student Tools Link



When you click the link to Foliotek from your Blackboard account, DO NOT CLICK THE LAUNCH LTI BUTTON that may appear as Blackboard connects to Foliotek. Clicking that button will interrupt the connection to Foliotek and disrupt your ability to access your Foliotek account from Blackboard.


VIDEO: Setting up a Course Tool for SSO


Tool Provider and Placement

Setting up the Foliotek LTI Tool Provider

NOTE: Before starting this process, please contact your Foliotek consultant to get the key and secret for your organization along with any custom parameters.

Click on LTI Tool Providers on the right side of the Blackboard Administrator Panel.

Bb LTI Tool Provider


If you have not registered the Foliotek domain with Blackboard, click on the Register Provider Domain button.

If you have already registered the domain, skip to the Managing Placements instructions below.

Bb - Register Provider Domain


Fill out the information as follows:

  • Provider Domain:
  • Provider Domain Status:  Approved
  • Secondary Host Names:
  • Default Configuration:  Set separately for each link
  • Send User Data:  Send user data over any connection
  • User Fields to Send:  check all 3 boxes
  • Show User Acknowledgement Message: No


Then, click submit to register the domain.

Bb - Provider Registration


Managing Placements

Hover over the '' Domain and click the arrow button that appears.  In the dropdown menu, click on Manage Placements.

Bb - Manage Placements


Click on the Create Placement button to create a new placement. To edit an existing placement, hover over the placement name, click the arrow that appears, and select Edit from the dropdown menu.

Fill out the information to complete the placement:

  • Label:  this will be the link name in the course, so name it accordingly, i.e.  Foliotek Portfolios, Foliotek SSO ...
  • Description: it's best to LEAVE THIS AREA BLANK as some content has the potential to break the code
  • Handle:  give it a unique name (most choose to use the same name as the label)
  • Availability:  this preference is up to you.
  • Type: Course Tool -- Check the Student Box
  • Launch in New Window:  For best results, select this option.
  • Browse for Icon: not necessary unless your organization uses icons.
  • Tool Provider URL:
  • Tool Provider Key:  contact your Foliotek consultant for this information.
  • Tool Provider Secret:  contact your Foliotek consultant for this information.
  • Tool Provider Custom Parameters: contact your Foliotek consultant for this information.


Bb - Create Placement

Click the submit button to create the placement.

Placing the link in Student and Faculty Accounts

Tools Area Link

Because of the steps completed above, the link will already appear under the Tools menu for your Blackboard courses.

To manage the list of tools that appears for a particular course, follow these steps:

In the Courses area on the System Admin screen, click on the Course ID for the course you wish to manage.  Next, click Tools in the left menu to see a list of all the Tools that are available for this course.

Blackboard Adding a Tool Link

The default setting is for the tool to be visible.  If your LTI placement includes the custom parameter for Faculty Evaluations, click Hide Link and students will not be able to see it.

Blackboard Show Tools Area Links


Content Area Tools Link

This content web link is designed to take the user directly to a specified area in Foliotek (i.e. Portfolios, Projects, Evaluations).

To add a content area link, find the course you would like to add it to in the Courses area of the System Admin screen.  Click on the Course ID for the course which requires a link to Foliotek.

If you have an existing Content Area where you would like to add the Foliotek link, click on 'Content' to see your existing Content areas, click on the desired Contet area to reveal the 'Build Content' dropdown.  If you are adding a new Content Area for the link, click on Content and then on 'Build Content' to create the Content area.  The link to Foliotek can be added as its own Content area, it does not have to be inside another Content area.

Bb - Content Area


After selecting or creating a content area, hover over Build Content to open the dropdown menu, then hover on Tools and click the More Tools button.  Select the Foliotek SSO link you previously created as a placement for the tool provider.

Bb - Select Foliotek Tool


Fill out the information to complete the placement:

  • Name:  This is the name that will be displayed for this link on the page
  • Color of Name: Your choice.
  • Text:  Your choice.
  • Available:  Yes
  • Track Number of Views:  Your choice.
  • Date Restrictions:  Your choice.

Bb - Create Link

Click Submit to create the link to Foliotek.