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Macmillan Higher Education Integration

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Macmillan Higher Education publishes both print and digital course materials in over 17 discipline areas in the United States and Canada, and is known for high quality content, innovative pedagogy and award winning design. Macmillan Higher Education’s academic imprints include Bedford/St. Martin’s, W.H. Freeman, Worth Publishers, and Hayden-McNeil.

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Blackboard Learn and Macmillan Higher Education

Blackboard and Macmillan Higher Education have formed a premier partnership to provide seamless access to Macmillan Portal and Class content directly within the Blackboard Learn platform. With the Macmillan Higher Education Integration, instructors can customize their courses to reflect their specific teaching goals and improve student engagement. Instructors can easily select the high quality content they need, customize it to meet the needs of each course, and assign it at the chapter and asset level within their Blackboard Learn course.

Features and Benefits

  • Seamless Access: Single sign-on provides instructors and students with the convenience of one login for all course resources.
  • One Gradebook, Automatically Updated: Grades for all Macmillan assignments and assessments post automatically to the Blackboard Learn Grade Center, giving instructors and students one destination to monitor class performance.
  • Deep Linking: Chapter and asset-level linking functionality allows instructors to link to the Macmillan content that matches their specific course needs, ensuring students have easy access to the right learning resources at the right time.
  • Familiar Workflows: Access to Macmillan content within the course content area makes it easy for instructors to find and adopt content within their native Blackboard Learn workflows.
  • Student Data Privacy: Student information remains secure and private.
  • Innovative Cloud-Based Delivery: The Macmillan deep integration is the first partner integration to be delivered through the Blackboard Partner Cloud Building Block. This building block connects to the Blackboard Partner Cloud, which streamlines our inventory of content building blocks into a single registration and activation process and accelerates the delivery of new Macmillan features and product updates.

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What Macmillan digital products are available through the integration?

  • Macmillan Portals: W.H. Freeman and Worth’s Portals offer the ultimate in innovation, convenience, and affordability. Covering the sciences and social sciences, each Portal combines a fully customizable eTextbook, a wealth of media resources, and a wide range of assessment and course management features.
  • Macmillan Classes: With a focus on the humanities, Bedford/St. Martin’s Classes are shaped by the needs of each discipline and come preloaded with innovative digital content including a fully customizable eTextbook, documents, images, audio, and a full assessment suite to allow professors to monitor student progress.

How is this integration delivered?

The Macmillan deep integration, built by Blackboard and Macmillan, is the first partner integration to be delivered through the Partner Cloud Building Block. This building block connects to the Blackboard Partner Cloud, which streamlines our inventory of content building blocks into a single registration and activation process. While eliminating the challenges of managing old and new building block versions, the Partner Cloud also accelerates the delivery of new Macmillan features and product updates.

How do I get started?

Visit Behind the Blackboard to download the Partner Cloud Building Block for Blackboard Learn, Service Packs 10 through 12. The building block comes bundled with Blackboard Learn 9.1, Service Pack 13. After installation, the Macmillan integration must be made available to faculty.

To learn how to install the Partner Cloud Building Block and configure the Macmillan integration, view or download the Administrator Guide in PDF format.

This document is available in English only.

Do I need to enable Blackboard Cloud to use the Macmillan integration?

Yes. The Blackboard Cloud must be enabledto take advantage of all features within Blackboard Cloud Services, including the Blackboard Partner Cloud through which the Macmillan integration is delivered. Specifically, the Cloud Connector must be enabled so that the Cloud can communicate back to the specified URL. Cloud Profiles and Social Learning Tools are NOT automatically enabled after the Blackboard Cloud is enabled. Neither of these features are required to use the Macmillan integration.

Bi-directional communication to the Cloud Services is required. If you are running Blackboard from behind a firewall as a test server or for security reasons, you need to open the firewall to use these features.

Is the Blackboard-Macmillan integration FERPA compliant? What information is passed between Blackboard Learn and Macmillan through the Partner Cloud?

In working together to integrate Macmillan Classes and Portals and Blackboard Learn, Blackboard and Macmillan were very conscious of FERPA law and privacy issues associated with student information. As a result, data sharing and storage is limited to institutional information and encrypted unique identifiers only, and sensitive student information is not shared between Blackboard and Macmillan or stored in the cloud.

The integration of Blackboard Learn and Macmillan Higher Education follows the Basic LTI (Learning Tool Interoperability) standard for open interoperability of learning tools. The Partner Cloud Building Block passes Institution Name, Shared Secret, and Consumer Key to Macmillan—provided by the system administrator when the building block is installed. By default, Blackboard Learn never shares any sensitive student information, such as as Blackboard IDs, with Macmillan. To establish the single sign-on into Macmillan courses, Blackboard Learn sends only a unique identifier to Macmillan using industry-standard encryption. This encrypted identifier is completely opaque to Macmillan. It is encrypted by Blackboard Learn and cannot be directly traced back to a Blackboard user.

The local campus Blackboard administrator has complete control over how much additional information to share between Blackboard Learn and Macmillan. For example, the Blackboard administrator can choose whether or not to share the name of courses and users. If enabled, this basic information is simply displayed to users to improve their overall experiences. However, none of this information is shared unless the local Blackboard administrator explicitly allows it.

All data transmitted between Blackboard Learn and Macmillan is signed and securely transmitted over SSL. This security ensures that the information is 100% secure and protected at all times. Upon completion of a Macmillan assignment deployed in Blackboard Learn, Macmillan encrypts the score and transmits it to Blackboard Learn over SSL using encrypted identifiers. Blackboard Learn receives the score from Macmillan and records it in the Blackboard Learn Grade Center.

What data is stored on Macmillan systems, and what can you tell us about the security of student data?

Student information requested and stored on Macmillan digital products is limited to a student identifier (usually an email address), a unique student password, and course identifiers. No sensitive student information, such as social security number, is stored within the MHE digital products. Student data is maintained within the digital product applications and not made available to third parties. Macmillan digital products do not permit students to share or see other students’ information or grades. More information about security is available from Macmillan upon request.

Has Blackboard performance tested this building block?

Blackboard has completed performance testing against the Partner Cloud Building Block.

What effect does disabling the Partner Cloud Building Block have on instructors and students who previously had been using the integration?

If the Partner Cloud Building Block is disabled/uninstalled, the links to the Macmillan content made available within the Blackboard Learn course will not work. Instructors need to delete or hide these links from student view. The Macmillan links within the Course Tools area disappear automatically.

Both instructors and students are able to access Macmillan Classes/Portals directly through the Macmillan website using the Macmillan account they used when first accessing Macmillan content through Blackboard Learn. No student participation or performance data is lost.

Will this integration put additional stress on my campus infrastructure?

The amount of interaction between Blackboard Learn and Macmillan is based on the number of students and assignments with grades in a course. However, in our experience with previous partner integrations, the additional stress on the system is insignificant. Automatic background processes are scheduled and incremental to have little impact on system performance.

How do instructors get started with the integration?

After the Partner Cloud Building Block is installed and the Macmillan integration is configured, instructors can add Macmillan content to their courses through the Partner Content tab in any content area of their Blackboard Learn courses. The first time they attempt to add Macmillan content, they are prompted to register with their Macmillan accounts to associate their Macmillan courses with their Blackboard Learn courses. Moving forward, this association provides single sign-on for the instructor and students in the course, direct access to Macmillan content, and grade synchronization with the Blackboard Grade Center.

What control do I have over which instructors see the Macmillan integration?

The Multi-Institution Settings feature in the Partner Cloud Building Block allows the system administrator to make partners available to specific courses that are grouped together by domains, institution hierarchy, or data source keys. This grouping is performed in the core Blackboard Learn product, and after that is finished, the administrator can select the type of grouping—domains, institution hierarchy, or data source keys—that they want to use in the Partner Cloud Building Block settings. During the Macmillan configuration, they then have the ability to specify which groups the Macmillan integration should appear for. For all the other courses/groups in the Blackboard Learn instance, links to the partner will be hidden.


An institution wants to make the Macmillan integration only available to a set of 15 courses. The system administrator needs to perform the following steps:

  • Group these 15 courses by domains, institution hierarchy, or data source keys if not already done. In our example, let’s assume the administrator groups these by ‘Domain’ (Domain name: Macmillan Courses and Domain ID: mac_courses).
  • On the Partner Cloud Building Block settings page, select Yes for Multi-Institution Settings and Domains for the Identifier.
  • On the Macmillan Integration settings page, make the Macmillan Integration available only to the Domain ‘mac_courses’.
  • Now Macmillan Integration entry points within the Blackboard Learn environment will only appear for the courses that are listed under the ‘mac_courses’ Domain.

How can I get sample instructor accounts to test the integration?

After installing the Partner Cloud Building Block and configuring the Macmillan integration, system administrators can request a sample instructor account to test the integration in their Blackboard environments. To request a test instructor account, email

How will updates to the Macmillan integration be released?

After you install the Partner Cloud Building Block, updates to the Macmillan integration occur seamlessly through the Partner Cloud service.

To learn more, view or download the release notes in PDF format.

This document is available in English only.

How will updates to the Partner Cloud Building Block be released?

After you install the Partner Cloud Building Block, you are notified of any updates to the building block through Software Updates in the Blackboard Administrator Panel.

How is this integration different than the basic integration previously available between Macmillan and Blackboard Learn?

Although standalone building blocks that integrate Blackboard Learn and Macmillan technology and provide single sign-on access and scheduled grade synchronization exist, this integration is much deeper. It offers automatic gradebook refresh and deep linking to Macmillan content at the chapter and asset level, providing greater control for instructors and time savings for both instructors and students. This integration is delivered through Blackboard’s new Partner Cloud service, which was built and tested by Blackboard, and allows for more efficient management of partner integrations and seamless technology updates.

To Learn More

To learn more about the Blackboard Partner Cloud, see  Blackboard Partner Cloud.

To learn more about the Blackboard Cloud, see  Blackboard Cloud.

For the resources available to instructors, see Macmillan Basics for Instructors.