eLearning Due Dates

The most recent update to eLearning has introduced a bug which can potentially display incorrect due dates in the Daily Notification email update students receive nightly, as well as in the “To Do” and “What’s New” modules in the My eLearning tab. This bug will be fixed in the next eLearning update, which is currently scheduled to be applied over the winter break.

Students should refer to the course syllabus for the correct due date information. Students can also see the correct due date from within the assignment itself.


Please contact elearning@utdallas.edu if you have any questions.

eLearning Training Opportunities this Fall

The eLearning team offers the following training opportunities for faculty & staff, this semester.

  1. Training Calendar – Fall 2016

Our pre-scheduled sessions are listed below. To register, please click here: eLEARNING TRAINING REGISTRATION FORM – Fall 2016

  1. Getting Started with eLearning: This workshop covers the basic overview of eLearning, system interface and navigation, control panel overview, adding and organizing content, student communication tools, and a first look at the Grade Center.
  2. eLearning – Student Engagement Tools: This workshop covers 3 main tools to facilitate class participation using eLearning. These include Discussion Board, Blogs and Journals.
  3. eLearning – Groups & Wikis: This covers 2 tools for group-based activities – Groups Tool and the Wiki Tool.
  4. eLearning – Grade Center: This workshop demonstrates various aspects of the Grade Center Tool in eLearning, starting from basic functionality like creating columns, editing grades, and releasing grades to students, to advanced functionality, such as creating calculated grades, working offline, and importing grades into eLearning.
  5. Intro to Blackboard Collaborate: This workshop introduces 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. This workshop is conducted in a virtual classroom within eLearning,not at a physical location. Upon signing up, you will receive further instructions.
  6. NEW! Intro to Webex: This workshop introduces the web conferencing tool Webex. Topics include setting up session, integrating with Outlook, communicating within the software (voice chat, text chat), using the whiteboard, screen sharing, moderator privileges, and various other features.
  7. eLearning – Assignments: This workshop introduces participants to the use of the Assignment Tool in eLearning. Participants will learn how to create, view,  grade assignments, and provide feedback to students. We will also cover the Rubrics Tool. Participants will learn how to create effective rubrics, and associate them with assignments.
  8. Intro to Turnitin Assignments: This workshop covers the use of the plagiarism-detection software Turnitin, how to create Turnitin assignments, submit assignments from the students’ perspective, and how to review and analyze the Originality Report generated by Turnitin. We will also cover the use of Peer Mark , which enables instructors to have students peer review other students’ work.
  9. eLearning – Online Tests: This workshop demonstrates how to create and deploy a self-graded Test, on eLearning. Participants will learn the use of the Question Pools tool, within eLearning, and randomly selecting blocks of questions to be presented to students during tests. We will also introduce the LockDown Browser, for test administration.
  10. Intro to Respondus: This workshop demonstrates the use of Respondus, which is a third party software to create question banks and import them into eLearning courses, either as question pools, or directly as tests.
  11. Intro to Qualtrics: This workshop demonstrates the use of Qualtrics, a third party survey software to collect feedback from large audience groups, which the University has made available to all users. In this workshop, participants will learn how to create, edit and distribute surveys and view results.
  12. NEW! Turning Point Cloud – Demo: This workshop demonstrates the use of Turning Point Cloud Polling, offered by Turning Technologies. This software is used to conduct classroom polls and generate real-time results. During the workshop, participants will learn how to create question lists, conduct polls, and view results.
  13. NEW! Turning Point Cloud – Setup: This session provides a hands-on demonstration on how to integrate Turning Point Polling for classroom use. It includes initial account setup, software download/ upgrade, roster synchronization, hardware checks and upgrades, and Q & As.
  1. Special/ Customized Training

If you are unable to make it to the sessions on the training calendar, or if you would like to request a customized training session for yourself or your department, we also offer custom training.

Please fill out this online form to request an appointment. eLEARNING SPECIAL TRAINING REQUEST FORM.

  1. eLearning Open Labs
    We hold OPEN LABs, at the end of every week, to assist faculty and staff with their eLearning queries. If you need hands-on assistance with any eLearning topics, please come by. No registration required. You are also welcome to bring your own device. The Open Labs are held Every Friday , 10:00 AM – NOON at JSOM 2.224

For more information, please visit: http://www.utdallas.edu/elearning/training .

Helpful eLearning Videos – Copying content, Group courses by term, and more!

Happy Fall 2016!  Here are some videos you may find helpful to get you going this semester in eLearning.

Printable Photo Roster Now in eLearning

Faculty can now access and print out course photo rosters directly from eLearning!


  1. While in your eLearning course, go to Control Panel > Course Tools > UTD-Photo Roster.


  2. You will now see your Photo Roster for your course.  (PLEASE NOTE: If you have students listed for whom a photo does not appear, the student does not yet have a photo on file.)
  3. You are able to print out your Photo Roster by clicking the [Print] button at the bottom of the screen.roster

Important TurningPoint Registration Notification

To All faculty using Turning Point Polling (Clickers):

If you have received the below message from Turning Technologies, please ignore it, because it is not applicable to UT Dallas users.


From: Turning Technologies
Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2016 2:55 PM
Subject: Important TurningPoint Registration Notification

Dear Valued Administrator,

We are sending a reminder notification to instructors about the removal of our Web Registration Tool which will no longer be available as of August 25, 2016. This tool was designed to work with versions of TurningPoint that are no longer supported.

Universities using TurningPoint Cloud are set up to leverage our latest and most enhanced registration tool that provides a convenient, comprehensive way for students to register all devices to one Turning Technologies account for every class.

Instructors are able to create participant lists in TurningPoint Cloud or in their Turning Technologies account.

TurningPoint Cloud Participant List Instructions

Turning Technologies Account Participant List Instructions

If you have any questions or would like to explore the latest registration tool, please contact us.

Thank you,

Turning Technologies

New Process for adding TAs in eLearning

The process to add TAs into your eLearning classes has changed.  Instructors are now able to do this through Orion. Instructions can be found at the following url: https://www.utdallas.edu/registrar-intranet/files/Faculty_Instructions_to_Add_TAs.pdf.


– eLearning TA requests MUST be submitted before Census Day.

– TAs MUST have already completed FERPA training.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact schedule-pub@utdallas.edu.

Turning Point Cloud is official classroom polling software from Fall 2016

Many instructors have enquired about the price to the student. Below is the UTD Bookstore’s list of options for students, and the end price:

  1. Clicker device + 1 year Turning License – $49.75
  2. Clicker device + 2 year Turning License – $62.00
  3. Used rental Clicker device – $19.60
  4. 1 year Turning License – $39.25
  5. 2 year Turning License – $43.00

Options 4 & 5 would be applicable if the instructor allows mobile devices – so students buy only the Turning License, and use their mobile devices to respond. They won’t need a  clicker.