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Great River Learning is a Canvas-integrated publisher that offers interactive, media-rich digital textbooks. These textbooks integrate videos, animations, and interactive exercises into the digital course materials. There is a student fee associated with using Great River Learning in your Canvas course, please contact the UAB Bookstore for more information.


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Important Notes:

  • If you would like a member of the Great River Learning team to walk you through the following process, please email onboarding@greatriverlearning.com.
  • Students need to be added to the Canvas section that corresponds with their Great River Learning section.
  • Currently, only assignment types in Canvas can pass grades back to Great River Learning. Quizzes, discussions, etc. do not have the option to add the external tool submission type mentioned below. This means that all items will need to be created as an assignment to pass those grades from Canvas to Great River Learning.
  • If there are any questions on which assignments/quizzes/tests are in Great River Learning, please contact the account manager or the onboarding team at onboarding@greatriverlearning.com.
  1. In Canvas select Dashboard (A) and navigate to the course you want to integrate.
  2. Navigate to Assignments (A). Click on + Assignment (B) in the top right to add a new assignment (or edit a current assignment to add the LTI link). You can also add assignments through the Modules page.
  3. Create an assignment:
    1. Give the item a name.
    2. Assign the points that the item is worth.
    3. Change Submission Type to External Tool (A).
    4. Click on Find (B)and scroll down on the list to find Great River Learning, then click Select.
    5. Alternatively, after verifying the tool is found with the step above, paste this URL into the box next to Find: https://www.grlcontent.com/wc3LtiRedirect.
    6. Select the Load This Tool in a New Tab checkmark.
    7. Click Save and Publish.

  4. Repeat step three above until all the assignments that are to be synced are added in Canvas.
  5. IMPORTANT! Required Setup Step:
    • Launch to Great River Learning from any Canvas assignment by clicking on the assignment link. You will then be presented with the following screen, select which Great River Learning grade book to associate with the Canvas grade book by clicking on the plus sign to the left of the grade book you are working on.
    • This step links the grade book so it is important that this step be completed. If you DO NOT see the message “Choose a Grade Book to associate with your LMS” (A) it means the course has already been linked to a different grade book and the Great River Learning IT developer will need to resolve the issue.
    • Great River Learning’s IT developer will need the CANVAS course ID to determine the name of the grade book the course is tied to. The course ID can be found at the end of the URL from the home page of the Canvas course. For example, the courseID is 1020754 for this Canvas course: ivytech.instructure.com/courses/1020754
  6. After the grade book is paired, the individual elements need to be connected between Canvas and Great River Learning. This next section can be done individually by the instructor, or by the Great River Learning onboarding team. For more information, please review the Pairing Gradebook Elements guide. Additionally, you may email the onboarding team at onboarding@greatriverlearning.com for assistance.


If an instructor is using Great River Learning resources in a course, students simply need to click on any Great River Learning Activity in the course, such as an assignment or quiz for access.

Great River Learning is available for instructors and students Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Central Standard Time).

Contact Great River Learning support directly via one of the options below.

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