Set up Access Pearson - Moodle

Transitioning your course from MyLab and Mastering (LTI 1.1) to Access Pearson (LTI 1.3)? Learn how to prepare.

To set up Access Pearson:

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

Not sure which integration you're using? This topic covers the Access Pearson integration (LTI 1.3), including Pearson Seamless. The link for this integration is usually named Access Pearson. The link for the MyLab and Mastering integration (LTI 1.1) is usually named MyLab and Mastering. Check with your LMS administrator or go to Diagnostics if you're unsure which integration was set up for you. The Launch Type for the Access Pearson integration is Standard integration LTI 1.3.

Step 1: Add the Access Pearson link

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

  1. If your course will belong to a course group (copied from a template or a coordinator course), set up the template before creating student-use copies.
  2. Open your Moodle course.
  3. If you're transitioning your course from the MyLab and Mastering (LTI 1.1) integration to the Access Pearson (LTI 1.3) integration, you'll need to prepare your course. See Transition your course for instructions.
  4. Turn Edit mode on and then select Add an activity or resource where you want to add Pearson.

    Moodle course home page.

  5. Select Access Pearson.

    External tool option.

  6. Enter Access Pearson as the activity name for the new tool.

    Access Pearson external tool

  7. Select Save and return to course.

    Save and return to course button.

  8. Select the Access Pearson link from the left navigation or in the section you added it.

    Pearson links on the course home page.

    Next, pair your courses.

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Step 2: Link accounts and pair courses

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

Watch how to link accounts and pair courses

Link your accounts

If you're a section instructor or teaching assistant, see Register as a section instructor or TA.

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

    Screenshot of the Open Pearson button

  3. Agree to any authorization requests.
  4. If prompted, select Get Started to link your accounts.

    Screenshot of the Pearson Home page for a validated instructor

  5. Enter the username and password from your existing Pearson instructor account and select Link accounts. 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.

    Link your accounts page

  6. Select Continue.

    Link accounts confirmation

  7. If prompted, select Get Started on the Pearson Home page to pair your courses.

    Screenshot of the Pearson Home page for a validated instructor

Tips

Next, pair your courses.

Pair your courses

Start from your LMS course to pair it with a new or copy of a MyLab or Mastering course. You can't pair MyLab or 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 or Mastering courses.

  1. To create or copy a MyLab or Mastering course, choose an option. Depending on your setup, you'll see different options.
    • If available, search the catalog for new course materials.
    • 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. If you searched the catalog, select your course materials. Otherwise, skip to step 3.

    Screenshot of the Select Course Materials page

  3. If prompted for course details, 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 for a MyLab course, consider using a MyLab coordinator course in a course group. 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 helps 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 or Access Pearson link. Don't see the link?
  2. Select Open MyLab & Mastering.

    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 or 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 \ / " * < > + = | , % ! &

    Using the Mastering platform update? Learn about differences in how assignments are handled.

  4. Return to your LMS course.

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

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Step 3: Add assignment, course tool, or eText links

Optionally, you can add links that students use to open MyLab or Mastering assignments, course tools, such as Grades, or eText (also called eTextbook) from your Moodle course. Learn how assignment or tool links function.

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

Depending on how your admin set up your course, you might see the option to add links as an activity or external tool.

Watch how to add assignment links

Add assignment, course tool, or eText links as an activity

  1. From your Moodle course, select Turn editing on.

    Screenshot of the Turn editing on button

  2. Go to the area where you want to add links and select Add an activity or resource. For example:

    Screenshot of the Add Activity or Resource option

  3. Select Access Pearson or the name your admin chose.

    External tool option.

  4. Choose Select content. You don't need to give the activity a name.

    Screenshot of the Select content button

  5. From the Add links from list, choose whether to see assignments, course tools, or eText. Then scroll to see all the links or search for specific links. Choose a column heading to sort.

    Screenshot of the Add links page

  6. Select one or more links and repeat for any option in Add links from.
  7. Select Add links on the bottom of the page.

    You'll see a confirmation message like the following.

    Screenshot of the confirmation

  8. Select Save and return to course.

    You'll see the links in the area where you added them. Select a link and then Open Pearson to open the link in a new browser tab or window.

    Screenshot of sample assignment lnks

  9. To add more links, repeat the previous steps.

Next, get students started.

Add assignment, course tool, or eText links as an external tool

  1. Select Turn editing on.

    Screenshot of the Turn editing on button

  2. Go to the area where you want to add links and select Add an activity or resource. For example:

    Screenshot of the Add Activity or Resource option

  3. Select External Tool.

    Screenshot of the External Tool icon

  4. In the Preconfigured tool list, select Access Pearson or the name your admin chose. Then choose Select Content.

    Screenshot of the Select Content button

  5. From the Add links from list, choose whether to see assignments, course tools, or eText. Then scroll to see all the links or search for specific links. Choose a column heading to sort.

    Screenshot of the Add links page

  6. Select one or more links and repeat for any option in Add links from.
  7. Select Add links on the bottom of the page.

    You'll see a confirmation message like the following.

    Screenshot of the confirmation

  8. Select Save and return to course.

    You'll see the links in the area where you added them. Select a link and then Open Pearson to open the link in a new browser tab or window.

    Screenshot of the sample assignment lnks

  9. To add more links, repeat the previous steps.
  10. Next, get students started.

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Step 4: Get students started

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 links in a getting started section of your Moodle course. See Moodle Help for how to add links.

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Step 5: Sync grades

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

Watch how to sync grades

Prepare for grade sync in your MyLab or Mastering course

  1. Access the Pearson Home page and select Open Pearson.
  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, including course and assignment 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 Moodle course

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

  1. Access the Pearson Home page and select Open Pearson.
  2. Select Grade Sync.

    Screenshot of grade sync settings

  3. To automatically sync grades as they become available, select On for Automatic Grade Sync. This doesn't sync past grades. (If Off is selected, MyLab and Mastering grades only sync to your LMS when you select Sync Grades Now.)

    Screenshot of the Automatic Grade Sync option

    Regardless of whether automatic grade sync is turned on, use Sync Grades Now anytime to manually sync all existing grades, including grades available before you turned auto sync on.

    Sync Grades Now button

  4. Make selections in the Items to Sync list. You might need to wait up to 15 minutes after you set up grade sync to see these items.

    Screenshot of the Items to Sync list

  5. Select Sync Grades Now to create links for any assignments and to initially populate the LMS gradebook.

    Sync Grades Now button

See also: Get diagnostics

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Updated 30 May 2024