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 email@example.com, 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 Points Possible field is required and leaving this field blank may cause syncing issues.
Please also note that the due date and point values for assignments in zyBooks will not be automatically passed back to Blackboard.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
A list of visible assignments will be present. Note that if your assignments are "Hidden" you will need to reveal them before you can link to them.
Click the blue "Link" text next to an assignment to create the connection between that assignment and the grade book.
If you do not have any assignments yet, you can follow along with our "How to create an assignment" article.
Assignments with a blue link icon next to them have already been linked.
You can create as many links to a single assignment as desired. For example, if a class has 4 sections and you have one canvas shell for each section, you may wish to create one link from each shell to the same assignment.
IMPORTANT: Students will need to click on each LTI link you create in order for their scores to be sent to the grade book.
You can learn more about how students find and submit assignments in our student-facing article, How to submit assignments to Blackboard