Get started with Blackboard Original

Updated 11 Aug 2022

These instructions apply to the Blackboard Tool for the MyLab and Mastering integration and the Blackboard Original course view.

  1. Add the MyLab and Mastering or Pearson link if you don't see it.
  2. Pair your Blackboard course with a MyLab and Mastering course.
  3. Add assignment or course tool links if available.
  4. Get students started.
  5. Sync grades.

You have the Blackboard Original course view or Tool for the MyLab and Mastering integration if you see Course Management in your course's left (base) navigation.

Screenshot of the Home Page in the Original course view or Screenshot of the Home Page for the Blackboard Tool version

How you follow some of these steps depends on your Pearson integration and Blackboard version. The tool for the MyLab and Mastering integration is usually named MyLab and Mastering. The tool for the Pearson integration is usually named Pearson. Check with your Blackboard administrator if you're unsure which integration was set up for you.

Step 1: Add the MyLab and Mastering or Pearson link

If you don't see the link, add it to your Blackboard course.

MyLab and Mastering integration

Pearson integration

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Step 2: Link accounts and pair courses

To access MyLab and Mastering from your LMS course, link your accounts once. Then pair your courses and set up assignments in your MyLab and Mastering course.

How you follow some of these steps depends on your integration and LMS version. Check with your LMS administrator if you're unsure which integration was set up for you.

Link your accounts

Are you a section instructor or teaching assistant?

  1. Select the MyLab and Mastering or Pearson link. (Add the link if you don't see it.)
  1. Select Get Started.

    Screenshot of the Pearson Home page for a validated instructor

  2. Agree to any authorization requests.
  3. Sign in with your Pearson instructor account and select Link accounts.

    Screenshot of the Link accounts page

    If you don't have an account, select Create an account and follow the prompts. You can only link one LMS account to one Pearson account.

  4. Select Continue on the confirmation message.

    Screenshot of the Accounts linked message

  5. Select Get Started on the Pearson Home page.

    Screenshot of the Pearson Home page for a validated instructor

    If you aren't a validated instructor, select Get Started and follow the prompts to enter details about your role. Wait for a confirmation email.

    Screenshot of the validation message

Next, pair your courses.

Pair your courses

Starting from your LMS course, pair it with a new or copy of a MyLab and Mastering course. You can't pair MyLab and Mastering courses you created outside your LMS course such as from the MyLab and Mastering website. However, you can pair copies of these existing MyLab and Mastering courses.

  1. To create or copy a MyLab and Mastering course, choose one of the options available to you:
    • Search the catalog.

    • Copy a previous course you’ve taught with. (Learn what's included in the copy.)

    • Enter a course ID to copy another instructor's course. For a member section in a course group, enter the course ID of the MyLab coordinator course.
    • Select the course materials provided to you.

    Screenshot of the Create a Course page

  2. Select your course. For example:

    Screenshot of the Select Course Materials page

  3. Choose a course type:
    • If you want students to enroll in the course, select Student-use Course.

    • If you don't intend students to enroll in the course, select Instructor-use only. For managing multiple sections, consider using course groups such as a MyLab coordinator course. For MyLab IT courses paired with your LMS, you must copy an existing coordinator course.

    Screenshot of the course details page

  4. Enter the course name and description.

    Use something specific for the name like your term and class section. This will help you quickly identify the course later.

  5. Select the course dates.
    • Students who try to register before the start date get a course2 error.

    • Students can no longer open the Pearson course on the course end date (Eastern Time, US). Set a date after the last re-take opportunity for the final exam.

  6. Select whether to allow other instructors to copy your course using your course ID. You can change this setting later.

    Screenshot of the Instructors can copy this course check box under Allow copy

  7. Select Create course. You'll see a confirmation message.

    Screenshot of confirmation with course details

  8. Wait for email confirmation your course is created. This might take up to 3 hours.
  9. Close the browser tab, and return to your LMS course

Next, set up assignments.

Set up assignments

  1. From your LMS course, select the MyLab and Mastering, Pearson, or Pearson Access link. Don't see the link or need details?
  2. Select Open MyLab & Mastering on the Pearson Home page.

    Screenshot of the Open MyLab & Mastering button

  3. Make sure assignments are set up in your MyLab or Mastering course. Assign due dates in your Mastering course. Manage due dates only from your MyLab and Mastering course, not your LMS course.

    To successfully sync grades and open assignments, make sure assignment names are fewer than 128 characters. Avoid UTF-8 or these characters \ / " * < > + = | , % ! &

  4. Return to your LMS course.

Next, add assignment or tool links or get students started.

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Step 3: Add assignment or course tool links

Optionally, you can add links that students use to open MyLab or Mastering assignments or course tools, such as Grades or Pearson eText, from your Blackboard course. Learn how assignment or course tool links function.

Prerequisites: First pair your MyLab and Mastering and Blackboard courses and set up assignments in your MyLab and Mastering course.

MyLab and Mastering integration

Pearson integration

Next, add assignment or tool links or get students started.

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Step 4: Get students started

After you pair your Blackboard course with a MyLab or Mastering course, your students can open MyLab and Mastering. Students link accounts and might need to purchase access. Options include pre-purchased access code, credit card, PayPal, or free 14-day temporary access. You don't need to give students course IDs or invite links. Communicate your course activity expectations and grade weighting with students. Let them know what's required for your course, including purchase options. Also, like instructors, students can download diagnostics to provide Pearson support.

Student resources

Share registration instructions and other resources with your students early, so they can immediately engage with course materials. We suggest copying and pasting these URLs into an email to students before classes start or your syllabus. Another option is to add these URLs as web links in a getting started section of your Blackboard course. See Blackboard Help for how to add links.

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Step 5: Sync grades

Sync grades one-way from your MyLab and Mastering course to your Blackboard course. Learn how grade sync works.

Prepare for grade sync in your MyLab or Mastering course

  1. From your LMS course, select the MyLab and Mastering or Pearson link. (If you're using Blackboard, go to the content area or select View Course & Institution Tools and then the Pearson icon.) Don't see the link?
  2. Select Open MyLab & Mastering.
  3. In your MyLab and Mastering course, turn on any grade settings and create assignments that meet the guidelines below. If needed, set availability/due dates and choose grade sync settings.

    Guidelines: To avoid problems opening MyLab and Mastering courses and syncing grades, make sure names and settings don't have UTF-8 and these special characters: \ / " * < > + = | , % ! &

    Depending on your MyLab and Mastering platform, there are different ways to prepare for grade sync.

Next, return to your LMS course to set up grade sync.

Set up grade sync from your Blackboard course

Prerequisite: To avoid problems opening MyLab and Mastering courses and syncing grades, make sure names and settings in your Blackboard course don't have UTF-8 and these special characters: \ / " * < > + = | , % ! &

MyLab and Mastering integration

Pearson integration

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