Please read our article on Single Sign-on first.
Also, please ensure that your LMS administrator has configured Blackboard with the authentication secret and key. If not, you’ll require these items when creating a link to the zyBook.
NOTE: Linking assignments to an LMS is not required for zyBook class use. (1) Assignments are not even necessary; instructors can simply announce due dates and then run reports to generate a csv that can be uploaded to an LMS gradebook. (2) Assignments, if desired, are created in zyBooks, which also generate csv files that can be uploaded. We recommend starting with the reports approach, then considering assignments in a subsequent term (many are happy with and stay with the reports approach). Then, if assignment integration is desired, one can read on.
Step 1 - Creating the link in your LMS
From your course home page, select "Content" in the left menu.
Hover over the "Build Content" drop-down and select "Web Link".
Start by entering your assignment name followed by the zyBooks LTI provider URL (https://lti.zybooks.com/v1/lti_provider) and checking the "This link is to a Tool Provider" box.
If your LMS administrator has configured your LMS with the key and secret already, proceed to the next step. If not, enter the key and secret for your school, which can be obtained by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org, and click "This link is a tool provider".
To create a link to an assignment in zyBooks and synchronize with your Blackboard gradebook, select the "Yes" radio button for the "Enable Evaluation" setting. Then fill out the rest of your assignment information as desired. Note that the zyBooks will not know what you select for points possible and due date. You can always come back and modify these two items later.
Once finished, you can scroll down and click "Submit".
When finished, you should see the link in your content. Click on the link to proceed to your zyBook and select an assignment to link to.
Step 2 - Configure the link on the zyBooks website
After creating a link in Blackboard, you must configure that link on the zyBooks website to point to a specific assignment. While logged into Blackboard using an email address that is assigned as an instructor on one or more zyBooks, follow a newly created LMS link to zyBooks to initiate the configuration process.
You should be taken to the following page where you will see all of your active zyBooks on which you are a verified instructor. Select the zyBook you wish to create a link to.
Note: If you do not see any zyBooks in your library, you should double-check with your Account Executive to make sure your zyBook has been released. You should also make sure you are an "Instructor" on the zyBook and not a "TA". You can also email email@example.com for help with either of these 2 issues.
After selecting a zyBook, a new screen will be shown that provides options to link directly to an assignment.
Linking to an assignment allows you to bundle together a set of zyBook sections, set a due date, and link to your LMS gradebook for simplified grading.
You can link to a previously created assignment or create a new one during this process. If you need help creating an assignment, you can follow along with our "How to create an assignment" article.
Once created and linked, students will be able to see the assignment in their zyBook and submit to Blackboard for reporting purposes.