There’s no doubt that the growth of digital learning content is accelerating.  Multiple resources indicate that a higher ed world of blended and online learning is rapidly approaching, some resources even cite the “flip to digital” occurring in the next 5 years.  Textbooks aren’t going away any time soon but their use in the classroom is declining steadily.  And, expectations are that instructors will graduate from eTexts to the more sophisticated integrated learning systems being developed by publishers.

What does this mean for you?

Blackboard can be a channel for all this content and tools, helping faculty make sense of the numerous digital content options available to them.  Blackboard offers a broad choice of content to choose from right within the Blackboard Learn course.  I would like to take a moment to look at one of our newest providers of digital content: Cengage Learning. Blackboard and Cengage Learning have partnered to streamline access to digital solutions and content within the Blackboard Learn™ platform.  Instructors and students can now access Cengage Learning digital products, including CourseMate and MindTap™, directly within the Blackboard Learn platform.

Creating Dynamic Courses Just Got Easier

The free 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

  • 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 grade book.
  • Access to Cengage content and tools directly within the Course content area makes it easy for instructors to find and integrated content into their courses within their native Blackboard Learn workflow.
  • Cengage Learning MindLinks Tools page enables users to access and efficiently manage all content and tools in one place.

Get Started With Two Easy Steps

Step 1: Email to request the Cengage Learning MindLinks credentials you will need to configure the Building Block.

Step 2: Then visit Behind the Blackboard to download the Cengage Learning MindLinks Building Block for Blackboard Learn 9.1, Service Pack 5 and above. Once you receive your institution’s MindLinks credentials, you will be able to install and configure the Building Block.

We encourage you to install the free building block before the fall semester begins so that your faculty and students will be ready to take full advantage of the integrated solution.

To learn more, visit:  And, don’t forget to stop by the Digital Content & Upgrade Center at BbWorld to see all the new content integrations.

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