Create a New MindTap Course

From your Canvas course, you can create and link to a MindTap course.

If you do not have the Cengage Learning app installed in Canvas, navigate to a course page and click Settings > Apps > Cengage Learning > + Add App and enter the necessary information. The app is added to the list of hidden navigation items.

  1. In Canvas, navigate to a course page.
  2. Add the Cengage Learning app to your course navigation.
    1. Click Settings > Navigation.
    2. From the list of hidden items, click and drag Cengage into the list of course navigation items.
    3. Click Save.
  3. From the course navigation, click Cengage.

    The first time you link your Cengage account to Canvas, you must authorize your account with your Cengage username and password.

    Note If you don't see the authorization window, change your browser settings to allow pop-ups.
    A list of available Cengage course content for your school displays.
  4. Select from the list of available course content the title you want to use.
    • To filter the list, type a search term.
    • To sort the list, click a column heading.
    • To select an item, click it.

    The selected title is shown with MindTap course creation and linking options.

    Note If you don't see your content, contact your Cengage representative. If needed, see
  5. Click Create a new MindTap course.
  6. Complete the details for your MindTap course.
    Field Notes
    Course Name

    Include the academic term in the course name, for example, ECON 101 - Introduction to Economics - Fall 2018.

    Course Start Date
    This date is both the first day students can access your course and the beginning of your students' temporary access period.
    Course End Date

    To allow your students to view their grades and complete late work, consider setting this 1 week after the last day of class.

    Course Days/Times

    Optional: Include the days and times of class meetings.


    Optional: If you teach multiple sections of the same course, specify the section here.

    Time Zone

    Assignment dates and times are based on the time zone you select.

  7. Click Continue.
  8. If prompted, select whether to add a total score column to the gradebook, and then click Continue.

    This option is not available for all courses.

    A link to your MindTap course is added to your Canvas course page.

  9. Click the link to your MindTap course.

    If prompted, read and accept the service agreement.