LMS and Gradebook Sync Setup Guide for D2L 1.1

Packback is compatible for integration with most Learning Management System (LMS) platforms, including D2L, Canvas, D2L, and Moodle. This article lays out how to go about setting up your Learning Management System with Packback and our Gradebook Sync feature.

This article will cover the entire setup flow across the following steps: 

Follow along with instructions below to learn how you can go about enabling the Packback integration in D2L. 

Step-by-Step Instructions for How to Add Packback to D2L

  1. To enable Packback in your course on D2L, open the module/course where you'd like to use Packback. Then click on Content.
  2. Next, click Add Existing Activities.
  3. Scroll down and select External Learning Tools.
  4. If your institution has enabled Packback as a tool that can be displayed in the navigation bar for your course, you should see Packback as an available tool in the dropdown.
    1. If you do not see Packback as an available tool, you may need to contact your school's IT department and ask them to enable Packback as a tool that can be used for your course. If you need any assistance, please contact our team at help@packback.co.
  5. Once you click Packback, the link will automatically be added to your course's homepage.
  6. You can drag the newly created link anywhere you'd like on your homepage. For example, under "Table of Contents" on the left hand side.


From there, you're ready to connect your Learning Management System course to Packback.

Connecting Your Learning Management System Course to Packback

From here, you'll now be able to connect your LMS to a Packback community. If you haven’t added Packback as a tool in your Learning Management System quite yet, you’ll need to do that first in order to complete the connection process. 

Already have a Packback community created?

If you’ve already created a Packback community and are just looking to connect your Learning Management System to it, you’ll first need to click on the Packback link that has been added to your Learning Management System.

From there, you’ll be shown a list of Packback communities associated with your account. Click Connect next to the one you’d like to connect your Learning Management System course to. To complete the Learning Management System setup process, simply verify that the connection information is correct and Confirm Connection.


Still need to create a Packback community to connect to?

If you haven’t created a Packback community quite yet, you’re able to do so right from your Learning Management System! 

Click on the Packback link that’s been added to your Learning Management System, first. This will initiate the Learning Management System Setup Wizard. On this page, click Create a New Community and fill out the community details. Make sure to double check the information and finally select Save and Continue at the bottom of the page. 

Congratulations, you’ve successfully created a new community and connected it to your Learning Management System!


Already created a Packback community but don’t see it?

If you’ve already created a Packback community but don’t see it when you click the Packback link in your Learning Management System, it’s possible you created the community under a different email address than is logged into your Learning Management System. 

In this case, please reach out to our Support team for assistance. You can contact us via email at help@packback.co. We’ll be happy to help!

Turning On Gradebook Sync

If you are hoping to have Packback sync to the gradebook built within D2L for LTI 1.1, here are the step-by-step instructions for how to accomplish that!

  1. Click on "Gradebook Sync" in Packback underneath Professor Tools
  2. Confirm your deadlines and posting requirements
  3. Turn on Gradebook Sync

Gradebook Sync is now active and you can proceed to create your assignments!

Step-By-Step Instructions for Setting Up Gradebook Sync with D2L 1.1

  1. Go to the course in D2L and click on Content
  2. Select the Module you want to add the Packback assignment to or create a new module.
  3. Once inside the module, click on Add Existing Activities and scroll down to click External Learning Tools.
  4. This step will be different than normal! Do NOT select Packback from the list of tools! Scroll down to the very bottom of this list and click on Create New LTI Link
  5. Fill out the form with these values:
    Title: Whatever you want to call the Packback assignment. For example, “Packback Week 5”
    LTI URL: https://lms-api.packback.co/lti/launch
    Tool: select the Packback tool under “LTI Advantage.” If there is no Packback in the list, select “Legacy LTI Tool.”
    Click “Create and Insert” to add this assignment link to your module.
  6. Click on the link you just added to the module. This will open up Packback.
  7. In the Activity Details tab, click on Add a grade item...
  8. Then click on + New Grade Item
  9. Fill out the details of this grade item. At a minimum, you must name the grade item how you want it to show up in your D2L gradebook, and give the assignment a points value. Click Create.
  10. Click Save to attribute the new grading column you just created with the Packback link in this module.
  11. Go back to the module in D2L and click the Packback link one last time to activate the grade column in the Packback system.
  12. Click on the dropdown menu to connect this D2L assignment to the desired Packback assignment. Click Confirm Deadline. This is how Packback will know where to send the grades for each assignment.
  13. Repeat steps 2 through 12 for all the Packback assignments you will have for this course to activate them for automatic gradebook sync. You can create all your D2L assignments now, or you can create them one-by-one and do these steps as the semester progresses.
    Important Note: Students will need to click on each specific assignment link within D2L to receive a grade from Packback.

Having trouble?

If you are running into issues with the above instructions or just have a question, please reach out to our Support Team at help@packback.co.


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