We’re pleased to announce the availability of Learning Tool Interoperability (LTI) support for Office Mix and the addition of Microsoft to the IMS Global Learning Consortium as a Contributing Member. In this role, Microsoft represents the needs of our users as we participate in future standards development work.
Office Mix is a free add-in for PowerPoint that makes it easy to author and share interactive online lessons. Educators can easily add audio and video narration, real-time inking, screen recordings, quizzes and polls within PowerPoint. Lessons can be viewed in practically any browser on any device.
Through support of LTI, we have made it easy for educators to embed mixes into all major Learning Management Systems (LMSs), including Canvas, Engrade, Blackboard, Haiku, Moodle, Brightspace, EDUonGo and Schoology. Additionally, the LTI adoption enables McGraw-Hill Education (MHE) to utilize Office Mix to provide a custom teaching experience for adopters of the next generation of MHE products. Cengage Learning will be releasing an Introductory Computing MindTap pilot integrating Office Mix for fall 2015 classes.
After Office Mix has been set up to work with an LMS via LTI, educators can easily embed interactive mixes, created by themselves or the community, within their LMS as assignments or assessments. LTI also seamlessly authenticates students, and their grades are automatically passed back to the LMS grade book.
Educator Racquel Nedden in the Irvine Unified School District recently created 35 math lessons with Office Mix and embedded them within Instructure Canvas, a popular LMS. “Office Mix is an outstanding program for creating online course content. The program is especially well-suited for math,” said Nedden. “Teachers can use the inking feature to write math symbols and equations directly on the presentation. The in-video quizzes provide checkpoints for students to assess their knowledge and increase engagement with the content. Office Mix is compatible with Canvas, our LMS, and creates a professional look to our courses.”
“LTI support ensures that we can deliver great Office Mix experiences across a wide range of LMSs so educators can more easily produce and deliver media-rich, highly interactive lessons,” said Jim Federico, product manager for Office Mix. “With the help of our users, we have tested our LTI integration across a wide variety of LMSs and we’re excited about the value this new capability will bring to teachers and students.”
To integrate Office Mix with an LMS, educators can follow the steps outlined in the EduAppCenter or go to mix.office.com/LTI to learn how to set up Office Mix within specific LMSs. Stay tuned for future Office Mix enhancements and follow @OfficeMixTeam on Twitter to stay in touch!
Until next time,