Transition active courses to Access Pearson

You can transition an active Blackboard, Canvas, or D2L Brightspace course with students enrolled from MyLab and Mastering (LTI 1.1) to Access Pearson (LTI 1.3). This doesn't apply to Moodle, Sakai, and Schoology.

New or copied courses: Pair a new LMS course using Access Pearson (LTI 1.3) or transition a copied course.

Step 1: Preserve student work

If students are already enrolled and have completed work in your MyLab or Mastering course, use the Pearson gradebook to export their grades. For instructions, select your platform:

Step 2: Disable grade sync for the old integration

If grade sync has already been set up, you need to turn automatic grade sync off. This prevents new or duplicate grade items from being created in your LMS by grade sync from the original MyLab or Mastering course. See Sync grades for how to turn off automatic grade sync.

Step 3: Prepare for migrating MyLab or Mastering assignment links

From your Blackboard, Canvas, or D2L Brightspace course, do the following. (You don't need to change your MyLab or Mastering course.)

  1. Assignment links: Depending on your LMS and course setup, assignment links might be automatically migrated when transitioning to Access Pearson. Otherwise, you need to manually remove assignment links from your LMS course and add them back when pairing.

  2. Course tool links for all LMSs: Delete any course tool links, including MyLab and Mastering Course Home, MyLab Skills, and Study Area, before you add the Access Pearson integration to your course.
  3. Grade columns: Depending on your LMS and course setup, you might need to delete grade columns from your copied course to avoid duplicate grades.
  4. Hide or remove the old MyLab and Mastering link for all LMSs: Hide or delete the old link to open MyLab and Mastering from the LMS course. This prevents students from accidentally using it. The old link is likely called MyLab and Mastering. Students will use a new link called Access Pearson.

    D2L Brightspace: If applicable, edit your course home page and remove the MyLab and Mastering widget.

Step 4: Delete the old course association

  1. Prerequisite: Create an unpaired course copy of the MyLab or Mastering course at
  2. Note the course ID of the copied course to use when pairing the course with the Access Pearson integration.
  3. After you receive the confirmation email saying the copy of the original course has been successfully created, delete the course pairing for MyLab and Mastering from diagnostics. If you don't see the option to delete the course pairing from diagnostics, go to Find your course, select Edit course details, and then select Delete course.

Remove the old integration tool

Remove or hide the MyLab and Mastering (LTI 1.1) tool to access the old MyLab or Mastering course, so students don't use it.

Step 5: Pair a copy of your course using Access Pearson

Now that you removed the old integrated MyLab or Mastering course from student access and made an unpaired copy of your MyLab or Mastering course in Step 4, pair a copy of that course with the Access Pearson integration. Use the course ID of the copied course from the course creation email.

Important notes

Access Pearson link: You must use the new Access Pearson link to open and pair your courses. Don't select the old MyLab and Mastering link or a prior assignment, course tool, or eText link. If you do, the course will be integrated with the MyLab and Mastering integration (LTI 1.1) instead of the new Access Pearson integration (LTI 1.3). Students also need to use the new Access Pearson link to open your MyLab or Mastering course from the LMS course. Links to prior MyLab or Mastering assignments within your LMS no longer work for students and may produce error messages.

  • Course ID: To copy the original course, enter the course ID you noted earlier.
  • Authorization message: When you select the Access Pearson link, you may see an authorization prompt. For the transition to Access Pearson to succeed and to automatically migrate your assignment links to the new course, you must select Authorize.

How to pair your courses

Select your LMS below for instructions on how to link accounts, pair your MyLab or Mastering and LMS courses, add assignment or course tool links, and set up grade sync.

Step 6: Enroll students in the new course

Students need to join your new MyLab or Mastering course to begin or continue working.

Pearson account: Students must register using the same Pearson account they used to access your previous course. Otherwise, they may be prompted to purchase access a second time.

Share the registration instructions for your LMS with students.

Step 7: Import preserved student work

If you exported student grades in Step 1 from the deleted course's gradebook, manually add those grades for the specific students and assignments in the new course's gradebook. For instructions, select your platform:


Updated 30 May 2024