WebAssign and MindTap are approved for academic use by request only and require additional payment at the college or school level.

Please contact your College IT Coordinator (log in required). 

What is a Cengage's WebAssign and MindTap?

They are online homework systems from Cengage Canada, WebAssign for STEM courses and MindTap for humanities and language courses.

A homework system is an online tool that can grade students' homework questions, track formative practice, and/or assess examinations and are typically tied to or integrated with textbooks. These Cengage products require payment by students or a college to access. 

What is the purpose of Cengage WebAssign and MindTap?

Both products can be used: 

  • As a homework system, with or without integrated textbooks 
  • As a resource for students to prepare for class and practice skills outside of class 
  • Beyond the homework system function, to integrate into the LMS as a full course, with MindTap allowing for instructor upload of additional content (articles, links to websites and videos) 

Why use a homework system such as this?

  • Use the system to encourage preparation before class to allow class time for active learning, including practice and discussion 
  • Use for follow-up to classes with exercises and questions where students can practice skills and receive immediate feedback. Students can read, watch demonstrations, and work to mastery levels with questions in these responsive systems, to advance and cement their learning. 
  • As the systems have robust question banks, it allows students to practice on a variety of questions - and allows instructors to assign different questions for every student. 
  • The wide range and level of assignments, questions, labs, and problem allows choosing items to precisely align with learning outcomes. 
  • Software analytics drill down into question by question results, which instructors can use to inform their teaching.

Best Practices



 Offer students opportunities to prepare for learning and practice skills.

 Assume that every student can/will pay for the software/textbook system.

 Review analytics by question to see where to focus future instruction.

 Offer students a practice exam using the tool and the specific features you are using before the actual exam. before the actual exam. 

Support for Cengage and MindTap

Technical Support

(Why isn't this working?)

Vendor Supported

Training Support

 (How do I learn to use this tool?)

Vendor Supported 

Teaching Support

 (How do I teach with this tool?)

College or Department Supported

  • Teaching support may be available in your college. Please contact your College IT Coordinator for details.

Contact your College IT Coordinator for details about local evaluation and recommended uses.