Cengage Update: How to Pair Your Course & Add Materials

Due to changing software standards, we have updated the Cengage integration with Canvas. 

Please note that the Cengage tool no longer appears in the Course Menu. There are now several options for adding Cengage content to your course, described below. Also, it is no longer necessary to provide separate links and instructions for accessing materials in Cengage Unlimited. 

To pair an existing Cengage course with Canvas

View instructional videos to pair your Canvas course with Cengage MindTap or Cengage WebAssign.

  1. Copy a Canvas course with existing Cengage links.
  2. Go to Modules or Assignments in the Canvas course.
  3. Select any Cengage Assignment or Reading.
  4. After loading it in a new window, you will be prompted create a new course or copy an existing one, just as you would have if you had gone through the old Cengage tool. From this point on, the process is the same as in the past.
  5. Locate your previous Cengage course in the menu and select it. 
  6. Fill in the information (course name, dates, and time zone) requested by Cengage.
  7. Select Continue
  8. Choose the score type.
    Add Activity Score shows individual Cengage assignments in the Gradebook.
    Add Overall Score shows a single, comprehensive score for all Cengage assignments. 
  9. Select Continue and wait for it to finish processing (about a minute).

You can access the Cengage instructor menus from these four locations

View instructional videos to add Cengage MindTap or Cengage WebAssign content into your Canvas course.

Module Index Menu

Recommended (See Fig. 1)

  • This placement is ideal for the initial course setup to add a lot of content all at once. It adds items to the modules page and graded assignments to both the modules and assignments.
  • All items and assignments are added to a generic module and a generic assignment group. They must be moved by hand to the correct modules or assignment groups.

    Figure 1: Module Index Menu

Course Assignments Menu

Recommended (See Fig. 2).

  • This functions almost identically to the Module Index Menu.
  • All items and assignments are added to a generic module and a generic assignment group. They must be moved by hand to the correct modules or assignment groups.

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    Figure 2: Course Assignments Menu

When creating or editing an External Tool Module Item 

Recommended for deploying new assignments to courses already set up or if for deep links to sections in the textbook (See Fig. 3). 

  • This placement allows you to add as many items or assignments as you wish at once time. It adds them to the current module.
  • Uses: This is excellent for setting up a course or a module, as the items to not have to added to the module or drug from a generic module into place.

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    Figure 3: External Tool Module Item Menu

When creating an External Tool Assignment 

This allows linking of only single assignments (See Fig. 4). 

  • This placement is the most limited. It only allows you to link one assignment at a time and only places it in the assignment group you select when creating the assignment. 
  • Uses: it is ideal for adding an assignment later in the semester that you do not want to appear in a module.

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    Figure 4: External Tool Assignment tab options

Once you click on any of these, you will be in the familiar Cengage interface previously used to select course content.

Modified on: Tue, Aug 1, 2023 at 6:50 PM

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