Cengage Learning

Blackboard has partnered with Cengage Learning to provide seamless access for instructors and students to Cengage digital content directly in their Blackboard Learn courses, making course delivery easier and more convenient, saving time, and helping create an even better course experience for both instructors and students.

This integration works with Blackboard Learn Release 9.1 SP 5 and later.

Features and benefits

  • Seamless access: Single sign-on provides instructors and students with the convenience of one login for all course resources.
  • One gradebook, automatically updated: Grades for all Cengage Learning assignments automatically post to the Blackboard Learn Grade Center, giving instructors and students one destination to monitor class performance.
  • Direct content links: Deep linking functionality allows instructors to link to the Cengage Learning content that matches their specific course needs, ensuring students have easy access to the right learning resources at the right time.
  • Familiar workflows: Access to Cengage Learning content within the course content area makes it easy for instructors to find and adopt content within their native Blackboard Learn workflow.
  • Student data privacy: Student information remains secure through full compliance with student privacy standards, such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Integrated Cengage Learning products

  • MindTap
  • Aplia
  • SAM
  • CengageNOW
  • OWL v2
  • CourseMate
  • iLrn (see below for more details on the iLrn Partner Cloud integration)

Get started

You can download and install the Cengage Learning Building Block, at no cost. After the Building Block has been installed and configured, faculty can begin adding Cengage content to their Blackboard Learn courses through the Content Market under the Partner Content menu in any course content area.

Files, release notes, and admin guides are available Behind the Blackboard. [link to behind.blackboard.com]

More on how to install and manage building blocks

More on how instructors use the Cengage Learning integration

Blackboard and Cengage Learning iLrn

Cengage Learning iLrn is an all-in-one diagnostic, tutorial, assessment, assignment, and course management system that saves instructors time and enhances students' language learning experience. Everything students need to master the skills and concepts of the course is built right into this online system, including an interactive diagnostic study tool, an interactive media-enhanced ebook, student activities manual (Heinle eSAM), video, partner and group voice-recorded activities, grammar tutorial videos, and more. With its easy-to-use interface, instructors can set up an entire term's work in minutes; assign audio-enhanced tests and activities; upload, share, and rate videos and other materials via Share it!; access students' grades; and more.

This integration works with Blackboard Learn Release 9.1 SP 10 and later.

Cengage Learning iLrn provides a powerful language-teaching environment focused on students' experience and success. Combined with an advanced Blackboard Learn integration, the result is highly accessible and dynamic instructional content. Key features include:

  • Deep integration: Single sign-on, class- or chapter-level content links, and gradebook integration allow instructors and students to manage all language learning processes from within Blackboard Learn.
  • Intuitive, easy-to-use interface: Sleek, modern display enables easy selection and sharing of instructional content.
  • Anytime, anywhere access: Web-based technology and responsive design ensure a superior experience inside and outside Blackboard Learn.
  • Security and privacy: Role-based permissions restrict access to data based on user type and context.

The Cengage Learning iLrn integration is delivered through the Partner Cloud Building Block. This building block connects to the Blackboard Partner Cloud, which streamlines our inventory of content building blocks into a single registration and activation process. While eliminating the challenges of managing old and new building block versions, the Partner Cloud also accelerates the delivery of new Cengage features and product updates.

To learn how to install the Partner Cloud Building Block and configure the Cengage Learning iLrn integration, view or download the Administrator Guide in PDF format (available in English only):

You must enable the Blackboard Cloud to take advantage of all features within Blackboard Cloud Services, including the Blackboard Partner Cloud through which the Cengage Learning iLrn integration is delivered. Specifically, the Cloud Connector must be enabled so that the Cloud can communicate back to the specified URL. Cloud Profiles and Social Learning Tools are not automatically enabled after the Blackboard Cloud is enabled. Neither of these features are required to use the Cengage Learning iLrn integration.

Bi-directional communication to the Cloud Services is required. If you are running Blackboard from behind a firewall as a test server or for security reasons, you need to open the firewall to use these features.

Get started

Instructors can access Cengage Learning iLrn in a Blackboard Learn course by going to a content area and selecting Content Market in the Partner Content menu. Users can also find the tools by selecting Content Market Tools in the Course Tools menu.

When an instructor accesses iLrn inside Blackboard Learn, they are prompted to log in to their iLrn account or create a new one. Instructors only need to log in one time, because logging into iLrn from Blackboard connects the two accounts through single sign-on. Users can also access your iLrn account by visiting the Cengage iLrn site.

Instructors will need a Book Key to identify the materials they have adopted for their course. Students won't need Course Codes, but will need a Book Key to show they have purchased access to the materials. The integration will not eliminate the instructor workflow within the iLrn Instructor Workstation.

How is the iLrn integration different than MindLinks?

Students don't need a MindLink access code to access iLrn through their Blackboard Learn course. They will use the same iLrn PAC that comes in their package. There won't be any deep linking of iLrn activities within Blackboard. Grade return is at the course level/chapter level, not the activity level.

If your institution already has a MindLinks Building Block installed, you don't necessarily need to install the Partner Cloud Building Block for the iLrn integration. The Partner Cloud Building Block is Blackboard's new method for integrating publisher content (such as Cengage iLrn) and eliminates the need to create custom building blocks.

The Partner Cloud Building Block is bundled in Bb Learn 9.1 Service Pack 13 and later, and is compatible with Blackboard Learn 9.1 SP 10 and later, so you don't have to install anything new if your institution is using a recent version of Blackboard Learn. You can have both the MindLinks and Partner Cloud Building Blocks installed and enabled on a Blackboard Learn environment.


Additional support resources can be found at the Cengage Training and Support site.

For technical support and general questions:

Additional support resources can be found at the Cengage Training and Support site.

Blackboard administrators may log any issues related to the integration on Behind the Blackboard.