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Blackboard | Integrating Third Party Publisher Content Into Original Courses

The following information provides instructions on locating and activating LTI tools and content from third party publishers like Cengage, Macmillan, McGraw Hill, and Pearson into a Blackboard course using the Original course view.

About Third Party Publishers

Instructors have the option to use third party publishers to add textbook chapters, assignments, quizzes, and more content into their courses digitally. The process for integrating a course with a publisher’s content varies by publisher. Additionally, with the transition from Building Blocks to LTI, REST API, and cloud integrations; it is important to make sure the content is integrated into courses correctly so that instructors and students can access it without difficulty.

If an instructor experiences issues with integrating their course to Blackboard, please contact the CSU Pueblo Educational Technologist or submit a support ticket to the Help Desk. More specific questions about third party publishers and their content should be directed to the support staff for the selected publisher.

Cengage

Cengage is currently in the process of working with Blackboard to ensure that their LTIA tool is up-to-date. The use of the Building Block for Cengage content has been extended through June 2024. Instructors may continue to using the Cengage Building Block in courses until more information regarding the LTIA tool integration becomes available.

To integrate Cengage into a specific course, navigate to a content folder in which the publisher integration will be created. This could be an existing content folder, or a folder created specifically for the Cengage integration, as seen in the picture below.

A screenshot of the navigation menu of a Blackboard original course with a blue arrow pointing to the Cengage Access folder where the integration will be set up.

After navigating to the desired content folder in the course, complete the steps listed below.

  • Hover over the Partner Content (1) area to open the drop-down menu
  • In the drop-down menu, click Content Market (2)
A screenshot of the Cengage Access content folder in a Blackboard original course with two blue arrows. One points to the Partner Content option, and the second points to the Content Market option in the Build Content drop-down menu.
  • Click the Cengage Learning Block (3) from the list of content providers (disregard the Cengage option listed as NEW! as this option is currently not functioning)
A screenshot of the Content Market screen in a Blackboard Original course. A red X marks the non-functioning Cengage content provider link. A blue arrow indicates that the Cengage Learning tile is the option that should be selected.

If the course asks for a Registration Key, the correct option for setting up Cengage content was not selected.

  • Select the content option that is appropriate for the course and begin integrating homework assignments, quizzes, and eBooks
A screenshot of the Cengage Learning MindLinks available in a Blackboard Original Course, including options for adding a homework platform, Cengage Infuse, or an eBook.

If an error message is received from Blackboard while attempting to add content through this provider, try using a different browser or device.
There is a known issue when integrating content through Google Chrome between Cengage and Blackboard that is in the process of being fixed.

Once the option for content from Cengage has been selected, the course can be set up by selecting individual content items to add to the course. For more information on what content option is right for the course, please contact Cengage Support or view their support documentation.

Macmillan

As of August 2023, Macmillan’s Launchpad platform is being updated to a more user-friendly format, and is now referred to as Achieve. To begin integrating content via Achieve from Macmillan, begin by creating an account with Macmillan. This requires reaching out to a sales representative from Macmillan. After an account has been created, content can be integrated within Blackboard by setting up the course through the Macmillan account first, then integrating the content into the Blackboard course.

In Macmillan, be sure to complete the following steps listed below before integrating the content with Blackboard.

  • Enter Term Start Date AND Term End Date
  • Select desired information from the pre-built courses
  • Add due dates and point values to assignments (only assignments with due dates and point values can be integrated into the Blackboard grade center)

After setting up the content in the Macmillan account, the content can be integrated into the Blackboard course by navigating to a content folder in which the publisher integration will be created. This could be an existing content folder, or a folder created specifically for the Macmillan integration, as seen in the picture below.

A screenshot of the navigation menu of a Blackboard original course with a blue arrow pointing to the Macmillan folder where the Achieve integration will be added.
  • Hover over the Partner Content (1) area to open the drop-down menu
  • In the drop-down menu, click Content Market (2)
A screenshot of the Macmillan content folder in a Blackboard original course with two blue arrows. One points to the Partner Content option, and the second points to the Content Market option in the Build Content drop-down menu.
  • Click the Macmillan Learning tile (3) from the list of content providers (disregard the Macmillan Learning LTI 1.3 option as it is currently not functioning)
A screenshot of the Content Market screen in a Blackboard Original course. A red X marks the non-functioning Macmillan content provider link. A blue arrow indicates that the Macmillan Learning tile is the option that should be selected.
  • Click the Connect with Achieve link to access the course previously built in Macmillan and associate it with your Blackboard course
A screenshot of the Macmillan Learning Screen with links to connect the Blackboard course with Achieve, contact technical support, or access the Macmillan User Profile. A blue arrow is pointing to the link to connect the course with Achieve.

Once the Macmillan content has been associated with the Blackboard course, the content and grade center will be updated according to the course set up from the publisher. If any issues are encountered while attempting to set up or deploy content from the Macmillan site, please contact the integration team at Macmillan.

Copying Macmillan Content

When copying Macmillan content from a prior course to a current course, ensure that you create a copy of the Macmillan course from within the Macmillan account before linking the Macmillan content to the current Blackboard course.

Courses created in Macmillan accounts can only be associated with one Blackboard course, so ensure that the Macmillan content is copied in the Macmillan account before associating it with the Blackboard course.

McGraw Hill

There are currently two primary products from McGraw Hill that are integrated into CSU Pueblo’s Blackboard. These are Connect and SIMnet. Connect is the digital teaching and learning platform for higher education. SIMnet offers development opportunities specifically for Microsoft Office applications, file management, operating systems, and computer concepts.

Connect

To integrate McGraw Hill Connect into a specific course, navigate to a content folder in which the publisher integration will be created. This could be an existing content folder, or a folder created specifically for the Connect integration, as seen in the picture below.

A screenshot of the navigation menu of a Blackboard original course with a blue arrow pointing to the McGraw Hill folder where the Connect integration will be added.

After navigating to the desired content folder in the course, complete the steps listed below.

  • Hover over the Build Content (1) area to open the drop-down menu
  • In the drop-down menu, click McGraw Hill Connect LTIA (2)
A screenshot of the McGraw Hill content folder in a Blackboard original course with two blue arrows. One points to the Build Content option, and the second points to the McGraw Hill Connect LTIA 1.3 option in the Build Content drop-down menu.

After selecting this option, the McGraw Hill Connect Screen will open. From here the option to Pair with a Connect Section can be selected to begin linking content from McGraw Hill Connect into the course.

A screenshot of the webpage that appears after selecting the option to use the McGraw Hill Connect LTIA with a link to pair the course with a Connect section. The phrase Delivered with LTI Advantage is marked with a blue box for added emphasis.

Note that this page states that Connect is being “Delivered with LTI Advantage” which indicates that the LTI tool has been correctly selected, instead of the Building Block which will be retired on December 31, 2023.

Once the option to pair the course with a Connect section has been selected, the course will need to be set up within McGraw Hill Connect before being deployed in Blackboard. If issues are encountered while attempting to set up or deploy content after this point, please contact McGraw Hill Support.

SIMnet

To integrate McGraw Hill SIMnet into a specific course, navigate to a content folder in which the publisher integration will be created. This could be an existing content folder, or a folder created specifically for the SIMnet integration, as seen in the picture below.

After navigating to the desired content folder in the course, complete the steps listed below.

  • Hover over the Build Content (1) area to open the drop-down menu
  • In the drop-down menu, click McGraw Hill SIMnet LTIA (2)
A screenshot of the McGraw Hill content folder in a Blackboard original course with two blue arrows. One points to the Build Content option, and the second points to the McGraw Hill SIMnet LTIA 1.3 option in the Build Content drop-down menu.
  • In the tool screen that appears, type CSUPUEBLO into the URL space provided
  • Select the CSUPUEBLO option from the drop-down menu
  • Click continue and continue setting up your course integration through SIMnet from McGraw Hill
A screenshot of the SIMnet screen that appears after setting up the LTI in a Blackboard original course. A blue arrow points to the space in the provided URL where the user will search for the relevant campus. A blue textbox says "Type CSUPueblo into the URL space to find the CSU Pueblo campus."

Once the course settings and options have been selected in SIMnet and the content deployed to Blackboard, the content will be paired with the Blackboard course. If issues are encountered while attempting to set up or deploy content after this point, please contact McGraw Hill Support.

Pearson

The Pearson LTI 1.3 integrated tool in Blackboard provides quick and easy access to Pearson content for courses using this publisher.

To integrate Pearson into a specific course, navigate to a content folder in which the publisher integration will be created. This could be an existing content folder, or a folder created specifically for the Pearson integration, as seen in the picture below.

A screenshot of the navigation menu of a Blackboard original course with a blue arrow pointing to the Pearson folder where the Pearson integration will be added.

After navigating to the desired content folder in the course, complete the steps listed below.

  • Hover over the Tools area to open the drop-down menu
  • In the drop-down menu, click More Tools (1)
  • In the additional menu that appears, click Pearson LTI 1.3 (2)
A screenshot of the Pearson content folder in a Blackboard original course with two blue arrows. One points to the More Tools option, and the second points to the Pearson LTI 1.3 option in the Tools drop-down menu.
  • Review or change the Pearson LTI 1.3 Link Name (3) if needed
  • Create an optional description of the item (4) for students
  • Click Submit (5)
A screenshot of the Create Link screen in a Blackboard Original course. Three blue arrows point out important information on the screen. The first indicates the link name field. The second indicates the textbox field for adding a link description. The third indicates where users should click to submit their link information.

Once the content is submitted, a purple success bar should appear to indicate that the link has been created, and the Pearson logo and LTI link will be visible in the Content Folder.

A screenshot of the Pearson content folder with a purple success header. In the content area is a link to the Pearson content with the Pearson logo.

When an instructor clicks this link, it will ask them to Open Pearson to access their Pearson content (see image below). From here, the instructor will be directed out of Blackboard and to the Pearson website. If issues are experienced after this point, please contact Pearson Support.

A screenshot of a Blackboard course after the Pearson LTI 1.3 link has been clicked. There is a graphic of a stack of three books with blue-green covers. Below the books is a yellow link button that contains the words Open Pearson in black.

If the Pearson LTI 1.3 link displays in the course content, Pearson has been successfully integrated into the course!

Contact Publisher Support

Once directed away from the Blackboard LMS by links to the publisher’s site, or for in-depth questions about how publisher content can meet the needs of a course and its students, please reach out to the support contacts from each publisher to receive tailored information and technical assistance.

Cengage

Cengage Tutorials and Training Resources: https://www.cengage.com/training/

Technical Support for Instructors: https://help.cengage.com/instructor/index.html

Macmillan

Achieve Integration Instructions for Blackboard: https://mhe.my.site.com/macmillanlearning/s/article/Instructors-Integrate-Achieve-courses-with-Blackboard

Find Our Macmillan Sales Representative: https://www.macmillanlearning.com/college/us/find-your-rep-institution

McGraw Hill

FAQ & Popular Support Articles: https://www.mheducation.com/highered/contact.html#faq

Technical Support: Help & Submit a Ticket: https://www.mheducation.com/highered/contact.html#tech

McGraw Hill Support Center: https://www.mheducation.com/support.html

Product Training & Tips: https://www.mheducation.com/highered/contact.html#saes

Pearson

Technical Support for Course Issues: https://www.pearson.com/en-us/higher-education/educators/training-and-support.html#contact

Training and Support for Pearson Products: https://www.pearson.com/en-us/higher-education/educators/training-and-support.html#contact

Support Email Address: customersuccess@pearson.com

Updated on February 5, 2024

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