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How do I connect a course with Sapling Learning?

To connect a D2L course with Sapling Learning you will need to:

  1. Get a course-specific ToolURL from Sapling Learning.
  2. Create in your D2L course an external learning tool link.
  3. Place the external learning tool link in your course.

Getting the ToolURL for Your Course

Email your contact at Sapling Learning and request the ToolURL for your course. The ToolURL will look something like:

Your Sapling Learning may additionally provide a key/secret pair, two long strings of random looking letters and numbers. You will not need to enter the key or the secret into D2L. Both are stored in D2L already.

These instructions assume you have already logged in to D2L and entered the course in which you wish to work.

  1. Click on "" in the navigation bar.
  2. Click the "External Learning Tools" link.
  3. Click the "New Link" button.
  4. On the New Link page:
    1. In the Title field, type: Sapling Learning
    2. In the URL field, paste or accurately type the ToolURL for your course.
    3. (optional) Type explanatory text into the Description box.
    4. Make sure "Allow users to view this link" is checked.
    5. Make sure "Sign messages with key/secret with" is checked.
    6. Make sure "Tool consumer key/secret" is selected.
    7. Make sure "Use tool provider security settings" is selected.
    8. Make sure "Make link available to: Current Org Unit: <your course name>" is checked.
    9. Click the "Save and Close" button.

Placing the External Learning Tool Link in the Course

You can place where you like in your D2L course the Sapling Learning link you just created.

Using the HTML Editor

These instructions assume you have already logged in to D2L and entered the course in which you wish to work.

  1. Click the Insert QuickLink () button.
  2. Click External Learning Tools.
  3. Click Sapling Learning.
    Or, to adjust the text or the target (whole window, same frame, new window) of the link you're creating, click the Options () button for Sapling Learning.

As a Content Item

These instructions assume you are in content.

  1. Click the "Existing Activities " button.
  2. From the menu that opens, select "External Learning Tools".
  3. Click Sapling Learning.





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