Create a New Brightspace-Integrated OWLv2 Course

If you have not created the OWLv2 course you want to integrate with Brightspace®, create it from Brightspace.

  1. Open your Brightspace course.
  2. Open the Course Builder tool.

    In the Content tab, click Related Tools > Course Builder.

  3. If you have not already done so, create a module in your course.
    1. Drag Create a module from Build Outline to the course outline.

      Alternatively, click Create a module and select the module location.

    2. Enter a name for your module, such as OWLv2.
    3. Optional: Enter a note for your students.
    4. Optional: If the OWLv2 component of your course has a different start or end date from your course in Brightspace, enter those dates in Restrictions.
    5. Click Create.
  4. Drag New Cengage Learning from Add Content to your module.

    Alternatively, click New Cengage Learning and select your module.

  5. If prompted, sign in to your Cengage instructor account to link your Brightspace and Cengage accounts.

    If you don't have a Cengage instructor account, request one here or at

  6. Click Add Homework Platform.
  7. Select the textbook or product you want to use from the available course content.
    • To search the available content, type a search term.
    • To see only OWLv2 results, click Filter and set Filter By to OWL.
    • To filter the list by license type, click Filter and set the dropdown to Student Purchase Required or Inclusive Access.
    • To select an item, click Link to Course.

    The selected title is shown with OWLv2 course creation and linking options.

  8. Select Create a new OWLv2 course.
  9. Complete the details for your OWLv2 course.
    Field Notes
    Course Name
    Tip Include the academic term in the course name.
    Course Start Date

    This date is both the first day students can access your course and the beginning of your students' temporary access period. It cannot be changed after students access the course.

    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 Number Optional: Include your course number.
    Time Zone

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

  10. Click Continue.
  11. If prompted, select whether to add a total score column to the Brightspace gradebook.

    This option is not available for all courses.

    Note Category scores can not be synced to Brightspace.
    1. Click Continue to confirm your choice.

    A link to the integrated OWLv2 course is added to your Brightspace course.

  12. Click the Content tab.
  13. Click the link to your OWLv2 course.

    If prompted, read and accept the service agreement.