Create a New Schoology-Integrated SAM Course

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

  1. Open your Schoology course.
  2. If you do not have a default grade category in your Schoology course, create one.

    A default grade category is required to sync grades between Schoology and SAM.

    1. Click Grade Setup.
    2. In Categories, click Add.
    3. Enter information for your category and click Create.
    4. To use this category for SAM assignments, click Set default category.
  3. On the Materials tab, click Add Materials > Cengage LMS Integration.
  4. If prompted, sign in to your Cengage instructor account to link your Schoology and Cengage accounts.

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

  5. Select the textbook or product you want to use from the available course content.
    • To filter the list, type a search term.
    • To filter the list by platform, click Filter Results and select a platform from the dropdown.
    • To filter the list by license type, click Filter Results 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 SAM course creation and linking options.

  6. Select Create a new Cengage/SAM course (I will add assignments later).
  7. Complete the details for your SAM 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.

  8. Click Continue.
  9. Click the link to your SAM course.

    If prompted, read and accept the service agreement.