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Using WebAssign in Canvas

Background

UC uses many publisher tools to assist with instruction and content delivery. One of these publisher tools is Cengage’s WebAssign. Unfortunately, WebAssign cannot be integrated into UC’s instance of Canvas. We’ve been in contact with Cengage who has informed us that WebAssign is scheduled to become a part of the existing Cengage Learning Mindlinks tool in Fall, 2020. At this point, WebAssign will be available in UC’s instance of Canvas. Instructors wishing to use WebAssign in Spring or Summer semester courses can still use the tool, however, grades and course links will need to be set up manually.

Current Solution

WebAssign Course Link

We recommend that instructors who wish to use WebAssign post a link to their WebAssign course on their course homepage (or other pages if needed). This link can be generated from WebAssign and will allow students to access the WebAssign course within their Canvas course. This WebAssign link provides a portal for students to go to WebAssign.  

WebAssign Homework Link

For specific WebAssign homework links, you can click “Edit” button anywhere in your assignment, discussion, page, etc. to include a specific WebAssign link so that students do not need to find a particular WebAssign homework themselves. But if you make it very clear to your students where to find these assignments in WebAssign, it is ok to not include a link.

Grading

Depending on how many WebAssign homeworks you plan to use for your course, you may use different ways to set up your grades.

  1. Only WebAssign homeworks
    1. If you only use WebAssign homeworks in your course without any other graded activities, you can export the gradebook at the end of the semester from WebAssign and import it to Catalyst. Your WebAssign rep can help you with it. Or you can find the final grade in WebAssign and manually enter grades to Catalyst. 
  2. WebAssign Homeworks and other graded activities in Canvas
    1. If you only use a few WebAssign homeworks, you can manually create “dummy” assignments in Canvas (see how to create an assignment) and make the submission type as “no submission” (see how to set submission type). A grade column of a dummy assignment will be automatically created in the gradebook for you to enter the grade. And Canvas will calculate a final grade for you.
    2. If you use many WebAssign homeworks, you can also set up only one “dummy” assignment for the total grade from WebAssign at the end of the semester and manually enter the grade. Then Canvas will calculate the final grade.

Note: Some Math Master courses have dummy assignments for instructors to use WebAssign. You can follow the instructions to enter the details in these assignments.