Moodle: Activities & Resources: External Tools: Cengage

The Cengage activity is a publisher tool that allows instructors to link Cengage course content to Moodle courses. Using the Cengage external tool allows for deep linking, which means that students can directly access activities and resources through the Moodle site. Deep linking also allows for gradebook synchronization, which can be manually triggered by the instructor in the Cengage course or set to automatically sync at regular intervals.



The first time a Cengage tool is added to the Moodle course, the instructor must proceed through logging in to the Cengage course and pairing the two courses. Students will also be prompted to login to the Cengage course their first time to pair their Moodle account with the Cengage course.

A note about support: Because the external tool activity links your Moodle course to an external website, troubleshooting most issues encountered in this tool should be done through Cengage customer support or the specific Cengage customer representative who helped set up the course. The LSU Faculty Technology Center can assist with any Moodle issues and can work with the tool's support team on Moodle-related gradebook sync concerns.
Moodle Course Design Tip

Cengage external tool activity completion tracking will only work when a grade is sent from Cengage to Moodle. It will not work if both Student must view this activity to complete it AND Student must receive a grade to complete this activity are checked.


To Add a Cengage Activity or Resource:

  1. Log in to Moodle and select your course.
  2. In the course section where you would like to add a Cengage resource or activity, click Create learning activity.

Create learning activity option


  1. Choose External tool.

Activities and External tools

  1. Fill in the activity name field and select one of the Cengage tools from the Preconfigured tool dropdown.

Cengage tool in the Moodle external tool selection menu

  1. Select content to associate with the Moodle course (if applicable) and update the settings as needed. For help with external tool settings, see Activities & Resources: Add an External Tool.


Support & Training

The Faculty Technology Center (FTC) provides Moodle support by email, by phone, or live through Zoom. For contact information, please see the article Faculty Technology Center: LSU Overview. To connect through Zoom and for further information on support services and training, see the LSU Online & Continuing Education Faculty Resources & Support page.

The FTC also provides just-in-time faculty training opportunities and recorded training sessions. Attending at least one training session for Moodle upgrades is highly recommended. For a comprehensive list of available workshops and recordings, please see the LSU Online & Continuing Education Technology Training page.

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