Spring 2015 Courses: Change in Instructor Permissions

PLEASE READ: Important Change to Instructor Permissions  in eLearning

Instructors are no longer able to add users to eLearning courses due to an internal audit conducted by UTD’s Office of Audit and Compliance.  The eLearning Team was directed by the Office of Audit and Compliance to remove this privilege from the Instructor role (as well as from all other course roles).  Below are forms that will now be used to request to have users added to eLearning courses.

Spring 2015 Courses - Spring courses are now available in eLearning.  Students will begin to be loaded one month prior to the semester start.  Spring courses, however, will not become visible to students until the first day of class (January 12th).

Merge Course Requests – The eLearning Team is working to proactively merge all courses in eLearning that Orion has listed as cross-listed.  We have completed merging most of these cross-listed courses, and you should receive an email from me within the next week once these have been completed.  If you would like to combine multiple eLearning courses into one (i.e. if you are teaching multiple sections of the same course), please complete/submit a COURSE MERGE REQUEST FORM.  We strongly recommend that all course merge requests be submitted before the Spring 2015 semester begins.  Those submitted after the semester start can cause problems with grades and activity logs.

Opening an eLearning Course Early – If you are interested in making your Spring 2015 eLearning course available/accessible to your students prior to the first day of the semester, please complete/submit an ELEARNING COURSE EARLY ACCESS FORMPLEASE NOTE: Courses can be opened up to one month prior to the semester start.  So the earliest date for Spring 2015 courses to be opened is December 12th.

Additional Helpful Links

eLearning Open Lab MONDAY!

Need help with your eLearning course? The eLearning Team is hosting an Open Lab on Monday, November 10th.  An experienced eLearning Team member will be available to assist you as you upload, organize, and create content in eLearning.  You do not need to stay the entire time — Just drop in any time during the two-hour Open Lab session and get the help you need.  No need to register.  See you then!

OPEN LAB DATE:

  • Monday, November 10 – 11am-1pm – JO 3.209

 

As always, if you have any training needs outside of these Open Lab times, please submit a Special Training Request form to request a customized one-on-one, small group, or area/department session with our Training Specialist.

Helpful Links

Training Now Available for New Web Conferencing Tool

UTD now has a web conferencing tool that all faculty and staff can use. The eLearning Team is offering training sessions to get you up to speed. Here are a few ways you can use web conferencing:

 

  • Online Groups Meetings
  • Online Class Meetings
  • Virtual Office Hours
  • Guest Speakers
  • Staff Meetings
  • Online Interviews
  • Online Presentations
  • Synchronous Online Training
  • Recruitment and Outreach
  • Collaboration Outside of UTD

 

Please click here to register for a web conferencing training session.

These two-hour highly interactive sessions introduce users to the web conferencing tool Blackboard Collaborate.  Topics include communicating within the software (voice chat, text chat), using the whiteboard, screen sharing, moderator privileges, and various other features.  Participants meet virtually/online using the Collaborate software (NOT in a physical location), so access to a computer with internet access, speakers and a microphone is REQUIRED. (Please Note: Classes will be limited to fifteen participants each.  Additional dates will be added if needed.)

 

For more information on Blackboard Collaborate, visit the Web Conferencing webpage.

eLearning Open Lab MONDAY!

Need help with your eLearning course? The eLearning Team is hosting an Open Lab on Monday, October 13th.  An experienced eLearning Team member will be available to assist you as you upload, organize, and create content in eLearning.  You do not need to stay the entire time — Just drop in any time during the two-hour Open Lab session and get the help you need.  No need to register.  See you then!

OPEN LAB DATE:

  •  Monday, October 13 – 11am-1pm – JO 3.209

 As always, if you have any training needs outside of these Open Lab times, please submit a Special Training Request form to request a customized one-on-one, small group, or area/department session with our Training Specialist.

Helpful Links

Turnitin Maintenance

Turnitin will have a scheduled system maintenance on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM CDT. Due to the maintenance, Turnitin may be briefly unavailable between those times.

**eLearning Maintenance Outage Scheduled** – 2-3 am CST Tuesday, Sept. 30

eLearning will be UNAVAILABLE Tuesday, September 30, from 2-3 am CST (early morning) in order to apply audit fixes to the eLearning server and to perform a full server restart. During this time, eLearning will not be accessible. If you have any questions, please contact elearning@utdallas.edu.

Thank you

eLearning Performance Problems – Sept.22

eLearning is experiencing performance problems starting at around 11:37am CST on Sept.22. The cause of the issue has been diagnosed by Blackboard (our eLearning vendor) to be datacenter related. This means that not only UTD’s Blackboard environment is affected, but those of other academic institutions as well. Blackboard is working to resolve the issue ASAP.

Thank you for your patience.

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