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Blackboard and Cengage Learning have partnered to streamline access to digital solutions and content within Blackboard Learn™. Together, we are making it easier for faculty to access Cengage Learning’s brand name digital products inside their Blackboard Learn courses.

Simple. Intuitive. Efficient. Accessible within your Blackboard Learn workflow.

The “Link” to Powerful Cengage Learning Solutions

Utilizing MindLinks™, a new service from Cengage Learning that allows for deeper integration between Cengage Learning and Blackboard Learn, instructors and students can now access Cengage digital products directly within the Blackboard Learn platform1:


CourseMate is an online learning, study, and exam preparation tool that supports the printed textbook through interactive teaching and learning tools, including:

  • Interactive quizzes, flashcards and videos that drive student engagement
  • Engagement Tracker, a first-of-its-kind, usage analytics tool that monitors student preparation and engagement
  • Integrated eBook with select titles that allows students to take notes, highlight, search and interact with embedded media


MindTap is a personal learning experience that combines all your digital assets – readings, multimedia, activities, and assessments – into a singular learning path to improve student outcomes. Features include:

  • A series of learning pathways that allow faculty to customize their course to align with how their students learn best
  • MindTap Reader, which provides a more enhanced eBook experience
  • MindApps, a program that enables Cengage to distribute content and technology from a number of providers

This is just the beginning. MindLinks serves as the delivery mechanism for Cengage’s ongoing strategy to integrate even more digital products into Blackboard Learn, including Aplia, CengageNOW and OWL.

1Available for Blackboard Learn, Release 9.1, Service Pack 5 and up.

Creating Dynamic Courses Just Got Easier

The Cengage Learning MindLinks Building Block, built by Blackboard, provides seamless access to Cengage Learning’s rich digital learning solutions and content directly within Blackboard Learn, creating a simpler and more intuitive experience for both instructors and students:

  • Single sign-on provides easy and immediate access to a wealth of Cengage digital content and tools.
  • Grade synchronization ensures grades from Cengage assignments automatically appear in the Blackboard Learn grade book, allowing instructors to focus on teaching and learning instead of manual grade entries.
  • Access to Cengage content and tools directly within the course content area makes it easy for instructors to find and integrate content into their courses within their normal workflow.
  • Cengage Learning MindLinks Tools section within Blackboard Learn enables users to access and efficiently manage all content and tools in one place.
  • Compliance with student privacy standards such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) ensures student data is protected and secure.

Download the Building Block

The free Cengage Learning MindLinks Building Block is available now on the Extensions Catalog for U.S. higher education institutions that license Blackboard Learn 9.1, Service Pack 5 and higher.

Download the Building Block today on Behind the Blackboard.


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