WileyPLUS / Canvas Integration (Instructor)

This document augments the Canvas Instructor Quickstart Guide, providing specific details relative to WileyPLUS integrated with Canvas for instructors who choose to manually build their content. Please reach out to your Wiley representative if you would like to receive your pre-built, customizeable content via WileyPlus NextGen.  The Canvas Instructor Quickstart Guide and other helpful documentation from Instructure regarding native Canvas features may be found online at https://community.canvaslms.com/community/answers/guides​
 

Table of Contents
 

Overview
Adding WileyPLUS Content
Modules
Pairing your Canvas Course to a WileyPLUS Product
Choosing your Integration Experience
Assignments
Final Checklist
Appendix A – Accessing WileyPLUS from Canvas for the First Time
Appendix B – Adding Canvas Assignment Shortcuts to a Module
 

Overview

 
The WileyPLUS / Canvas Integration delivers single sign-on access to WileyPLUS, seamlessly incorporating WileyPLUS content and features with your Canvas course.  The integration can optionally support grade synchronization to Canvas at either the assignment level, or as a cumulative score for all WileyPLUS assignments.

Access to WileyPLUS is provided by external tool links that you add to your Canvas course.  This process is supported by a WileyPLUS App that your Canvas Administrator will typically add to Canvas at the account (or in some cases, the sub-account) level, thus making it available to all instructors and courses at your institution.

All WileyPLUS links are added to Canvas in either the Assignments or Modules area.  The critical difference between these two areas is that the links that support grade synchronization will be added to the Assignments area; WileyPLUS external tool links added to the Modules area do not support grade synchronization.

 

Adding WileyPLUS Content

 

Modules

 
Modules allow you to organize your course content into smaller sections or units.  A Canvas module can contain any WileyPLUS link you wish to add to your course; however, individual WileyPLUS assignment links that are added to a module will not support grade synchronization.[1]
 
  1. Within your Canvas course, select Modules from the left navigation menu.
     
Image of a navigation tool bar with modules highlighted

 
  1. If no modules exist, or to create a new module, click the Create a Module button.
     
image of two buttons with Create a module highlighted
 
  1. Provide a name for the module (e.g. WileyPLUS) and click the Add Module button.
     
image of adding module with the title input highlighted and an arrow pointing to add module
 
  1. The new module will be listed within the Modules area.  If this module should be visible to students, be sure to click the gray circle icon to publish it to students.  The icon will change to a green circle with a checkmark.
     
image with an arrow pointing to the publish button
 
  1. To add a new item to a module, click the + button to the far right of the module name.
     
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  1. Begin by selecting External Tool from the Add drop-down menu.  A list of external tools that have been added to Canvas is displayed; locate and select WileyPLUS.
 
Note:  If WileyPLUS is not listed as an external tool, then the WileyPLUS App has not been added to Canvas, yet.
 
image with add item to wileyplus with add and Wleyplus highlighted

If this is the first WileyPLUS link that you are adding to your course, there are two setup sequences that will be presented only once.  The first is to identify the WileyPLUS product you will be using, and the second specifies the integration experience you want to have.
If you are adding subsequent links to WileyPLUS content to a Canvas module and these one-time configuration steps are complete, skip to page 10.
 

Pairing your Canvas Course to a WileyPLUS Product

 
As you add your first WileyPLUS content link, you will be prompted to enter the Product ID for the WileyPLUS product you wish to use.  You may have already received this information from your Wiley sales representative; if not, please contact your Wiley representative to request the Product ID for the Wiley title you want to use with Canvas.
 
  1. Using uppercase letters, enter the Product ID you received and click the Submit button.
     
image of WileyPLUS with get started highlighted
 
  1. A verification screen will appear reflecting the Product ID that was entered.  If the product listed is correct, click the Go to WileyPLUS button[2].  If the product shown is not correct, please verify your Product ID, re-enter, and submit it; otherwise, contact your Wiley representative to obtain the correct WileyPLUS Product ID.
     
image of WileyPLUS you selected image
 

Choosing your Integration Experience
 

After you have successfully paired your Canvas Course to the WileyPLUS product you will next select the integration experience you wish to have with WileyPLUS.  There are essentially two different approaches:  Deep Integration or Basic Integration.

Deep Integration offers greater flexibility in course design and flow, allowing you to link to discrete areas of WileyPLUS; specific chapters within the online textbook; and individual WileyPLUS assignments, precisely where you would like them to appear within Canvas.  A deep integration also supports grade synchronization at the assignment level.

Basic Integration provides a single link to access the WileyPLUS Homepage for the course, and from there, students navigate within WileyPLUS to access the content they need.  With a basic integration, you may optionally synchronize a cumulative score for all WileyPLUS assignments.
The following are a few typical configuration choices and how you would set them up.  Select the integration experience that works best for you.
 

Basic Integration

Single Sign-On Only
  • Add to Canvas Modules
    • WileyPLUS Homepage
    • WileyPLUS Support
Single Sign-On with Cumulative Score Synchronization
  • Add to Canvas Assignments
    • WileyPLUS Homepage
  • Add to Canvas Modules
    • WileyPLUS Support
       

Deep Integration

Single Sign-On with Score Synchronization at the Assignment Level
  • Add to Canvas Assignments
    • Individual WileyPLUS Assignment links
  • Add to Canvas Modules
    • WileyPLUS Read, Study & Practice
      and/or individual Chapter links
    • WileyPLUS Gradebook
    • WileyPLUS Support
    • WileyPLUS Assignments                   (instructor only – do not publish to students)
    • WileyPLUS Prepare & Present      (instructor only – do not publish to students)
  • Choose your desired integration experience by hovering over either the Deep Integration or Basic Integration tile and clicking the green I want… button to make your selection[3].
 
image of Wiley site Choose your integration experience
 
 
image of wiley with two options

The Add WileyPLUS Content screen displays the content that may be added to your Canvas course based upon the WileyPLUS product with which you paired your course, and the integration experience you have chosen.
 

Deep Integration
 

     Tools
                 
WileyPLUS Read, Study and Practice         - access to online version of the textbook
                  WileyPLUS Gradebook                                        - access to scores for WileyPLUS assignments
                  WileyPLUS Support                                              - access to integration support tools

     Assignments
                  Add a WileyPLUS assignment                          - create/assign assignments in WileyPLUS
                  Various assignment links                                  - access to individual assignments in WileyPLUS

     Readings
                  Various chapter links                                          - access to individual chapters in WileyPLUS

     Instructor Tools[4]
                  WileyPLUS Assignments                                     - create/assign assignments in WileyPLUS
                  WileyPLUS Prepare & Present                        - add instructor authored content to WileyPLUS
 

Basic Integration


WileyPLUS Homepage                                         - access to top level of the WileyPLUS course
WileyPLUS Support                                              - access to integration support tools
 
  1. Hover over the tile of the link you want to add to your Canvas Course.  Additional details about the link are displayed.  Click the Add button to add the selected link.
     
image of add wileyPLUS content button
 
  1. You will return to the Add Item window in Canvas.  Notice that the URL and the Page Name for the link you added has been populated.   It is important that you do not modify the URL.
 
To avoid mixed content errors in your browser, check the box to Load in a new tab and click the Add Item button.

image of add item to WileyPLUS
 
  1. The link has now been added to the Module.  Repeat this process for all of the links you wish to add to Canvas Modules.  If the module and links should be seen by students, click the gray cloud icon to publish this content.  A green cloud indicates the content will be visible to students once the course itself has been published.
     
image of publish button in all areas

                  Please see page 24 (Appendix A – Accessing WileyPLUS from Canvas for the First Time).
 

Assignments

 
Depending upon the integration experience you have selected, a Canvas assignment can be created and linked to the WileyPLUS Homepage for synchronizing a cumulative score for all WileyPLUS assignments; or, multiple Canvas assignments can be created, each linked to an individual WileyPLUS assignment with grade synchronization for each assignment.
  1. Within your Canvas course, select Assignments from the left navigation menu.
     
image of the navigation bar and Assignments highlighted
 
  1. Canvas Assignments will contain at least one Assignment Group called Assignments.  Use the +Group button to create a new assignment group, if desired; otherwise, to create a new Canvas assignment click the +Assignment button.
     
image of wiley with the blue assignments
 
  1. The setup screen for a Canvas assignment will appear.  (If you clicked the + button to the right of the assignment group, click the More Options button.)  Scroll down to the Submission Type section, and select External Tool from the drop down menu.    Next, click in the External Tool URL field.
     
Wiley image of submision types with external link and tools highlighted
 
  1. On the Configure External Tool window, click WileyPLUS from the list of External Tools that are available.
 
If this is the first WileyPLUS link you are adding to your Canvas course, please refer to pages 6 - 9 for one-time configuration settings.
 
Note:  If WileyPLUS is not listed, it means that the WileyPLUS App has not been installed, yet.  In this case, please contact your Canvas Administrator to request that the WileyPLUS App be installed at the account level, so that WileyPLUS may be readily used by any instructor in any course at your institution.

image of Wiley in the configure external tools page
 
  1. In this tutorial, the Canvas assignment will be linked to an individual WileyPLUS assignment.  Click the Assignments heading.  Any assignments that are already assigned in WileyPLUS will appear as tiles beneath this heading.  To create your WileyPLUS assignments, click the Assign a WileyPLUS assignment button to access WileyPLUS; alternatively, you can also use the WileyPLUS Assignments link within a module.
                  Please see page 24 (Appendix A – Accessing WileyPLUS from Canvas for the First Time).

Image of WileyPLUS site in add content with highlight around assignments
 
  1. A new window will appear launching into WileyPLUS Assignments.  From this screen, you can assign / copy & edit / create all of the WileyPLUS assignments that you plan to use in your course.  When you are finished setting up your WileyPLUS assignments, close this browser window.
     
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  1. Back on Add WileyPLUS Content screen, click the Refresh the page link to update the page with the assignments you just created in WileyPLUS; these will appear tiles representing content that may now be added to Canvas.
     
Image of Wileyplus with the panels
 
  1. Hover over the tile for the WileyPLUS assignment that you want to associate with the Canvas assignment you are creating.  Make a mental note of the following assignment details:
 
  • Assignment name (Description)
  • Assignment due date, if applicable (End Date & End Time)
  • Assignment point value (Max Points)
These details are not passed back to Canvas, and while these values are not required to match what is in WileyPLUS, there may be less confusion if there is parity between the WileyPLUS and Canvas assignments.

Wileyplsu website with panels dropped and an add button
 
  1. You will return to the Configure External Tool window in Canvas.  Notice that the URL for the assignment link you added has been populated.   It is important that you do not modify the URL.
     
To avoid mixed content errors in your browser, check the box to Load in a new tab and click the Select button.  The URL and the Load in a new tab setting will be returned to the Submission Type section for the Canvas assignment you are creating.

image in configure external tool with URL
 
  1. On the Canvas assignment creation screen, scroll back to the top of the screen and enter a name for the assignment.  The name can be whatever you want, but should be easily associated with the WileyPLUS assignment name noted earlier.
     
Image of the search bar
 
  1. Scroll down to the Points field and enter the point value for the assignment.  This should be the value noted earlier, unless you want to re-scale to a different point value in Canvas.
     
image of the point inputing system
 
  1. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and click the calendar icon for the Due Date.  This due date in Canvas is useful for the Canvas calendar, alerting students as assignment due dates are approaching.
     
image of due date
 
  1. Click the end date and enter the end time that was noted earlier; click the Done button.
     
Wiley image in the calander with how to set the due date an select done
 
  1. With all of the relevant details completed for the Canvas assignment, click the Update Assignment button to save the assignment.
     
Wileyplus image with an update assignment button
 
  1. Canvas will offer you the chance to preview the assignment.  Click the Load WileyPLUS in a new window button to proceed with a preview, or click Assignments in the navigational bread crumbs to return to the Assignments area.
     
Image of Wileyplus with a button to load in a new window

 
  1. Back within the Assignments area, a Canvas assignment that is linked to a WileyPLUS assignment appears within the assignment group.  Repeat this process for all of the WileyPLUS assignments you have assigned.  If the assignment group and links should be seen by students, click the gray cloud icon to publish this content.  A green cloud indicates the content will be visible to students once the course itself has been published.
     
Wiley image with a button to publish

 
If you have selected the Basic Integration experience, you can create a Canvas assignment that is linked to the WileyPLUS Homepage.  This will have the effect of creating a column under Canvas Grades to which each student’s cumulative WileyPLUS score will be synchronized.   The process for creating the Canvas assignment is very similar, except that the points will be the total of all of your WileyPLUS assignments, and there will be no due date.

 

Final Checklist

 
After you have completed adding the WileyPLUS content that you will be using in your course, take a moment to review:
  • For the integration experience selected (page 8), all of the appropriate links have been placed under Canvas Assignments and/or Canvas Modules.
 
  • If deep-linking to individual WileyPLUS Assignments under Canvas Assignments, students do not have access to the WileyPLUS Assignments link under Modules.
 
  • All modules, WileyPLUS links, and Canvas Assignments which should be accessible to students have been published by checking the gray cloud to the right of each link entry.
 
  • All modules or WileyPLUS links which are for instructors only have not been published to students.
 
A final step is to make sure that the course itself has been published and is accessible to students enrolled in the course.  Go to the home page for your course, and look in the upper right corner of the screen, under Course Status.  If you see a red Unpublished button, click the Publish button.
 
Wileyplus unpublished button
 
Wiley image of a published button

 

Appendix A – Accessing WileyPLUS from Canvas for the First Time

 
When WileyPLUS is accessed for the first time, either by way of a link you have added, or launching into WileyPLUS from the Add WileyPLUS Content screen to build WileyPLUS assignments, you will be presented with the WileyPLUS Instructor & Developer License Agreement.
 
  1. Read the license agreement, and click the Accept button to agree to the terms and continue.
     
Image of the user agreement with where to select accept
 
  1. After accepting the license agreement, you will be presented the following welcome message.  To proceed to WileyPLUS, click the I’m Ready! button.
     
Wiley im ready button

 

Appendix B – Adding Canvas Assignment Shortcuts to a Module

 
For Grade Synchronization to work, one or more Canvas assignments must be created and associated to either the WileyPLUS Homepage, to synchronize a cumulative WileyPLUS score, or to individual WileyPLUS assignments, to synchronize the score for each assignment.  However, if you would prefer that students not have to go back and forth between the Canvas Assignments and Modules areas, it is possible to add a shortcut to Canvas assignments within a module, while still preserving the grade synchronization capabilities.
 
  1. To add a new item to a module, click the + button to the far right of the module name.
     
Image of button to add a module
 
  1. On the Add Item screen, choose Assignment for the Add dropdown and click the name of the Canvas assignment for which a shortcut is to be created in the module.  Click the Add Item button.

    Image to add an item to Wiley
 
[1] In the Assignments section of this document, we will look at creating a Canvas assignment that links to an individual WileyPLUS assignment, which is necessary for grade synchronization.  If you prefer to access all of the WileyPLUS content from within a module, you may add shortcuts to your Canvas assignments.
 
[2] Product pairing and integration experience selection occurs only once and cannot be reset through the user interface.  If you make an error or change your mind, please call WileyPLUS Instructor Support at (877) 586-0192 and ask that your Canvas course be unpaired, so that these selections are reset.
 
[3] Product pairing and integration experience selection occurs only once and cannot be reset through the user interface.  If you make an error or change your mind, please call WileyPLUS Instructor Support at (877) 586-0192 and ask that your Canvas course be unpaired, so that these selections are reset.
 
[4] Do not publish these links in Canvas, making them accessible by students.  The student role will prevent unauthorized instructor access to these destinations, but if a student were able to access WileyPLUS Assignments to complete their assignments, instead of using the Canvas assignments that are linked to WileyPLUS, their WileyPLUS scores will not synchronize to Canvas.

 
 

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