eLearning now accessible

eLearning was brought back up at approximately 1am this morning. It has been rolled back to a backup point from Tuesday (May 22) evening. Thank you for your patience; we apologize for any issues this outage caused. If you have any questions, please contact elearning@utdallas.edu.

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eLearning Now Accessible

eLearning was brought back up at approximately 1am this morning. It has been rolled back to a backup point from Tuesday (May 22) evening. Thank you for your patience; we apologize for any issues this outage caused. If you have any questions, please contact elearning@utdallas.edu.

PLEASE READ: eLearning Outage TODAY

Early this morning, an eLearning process ran that caused significant negative impact on student data for U18 courses.  Blackboard is taking eLearning down for approximately 4-6hrs, starting ASAP, in order to restore to a 9pm Tuesday evening backup point.  We apologize profusely for any issues this causes. Please know that once this is complete, we will work with OIT to ensure that this does not happen again.

UTD Network Maintenance – eLearning Login Impacted – May 20 (Sun), 6am-noon

On Sunday, May 20th, from 6am and noon, the UTD Office of Information Technology has scheduled a maintenance window to replace network hardware that will impact users’ ability to login to eLearning. Intermittent connectivity is expected for approximately 1.5hrs, but the window of 6hrs has been reserved. If you have any questions, please contact elearning@utdallas.edu.

Reevaluating Your Course

Reevaluating Your Course

The upcoming semester is set to start in a few days, and both UTD professors and Instructional Designers are putting the finishing touches on their online courses. Many professors will copy over their previous course offering, building off of the course’s previous success. Sometimes, however, a course requires some adjustments and changes.

To ensure that each semester’s course provides the best possible learning experience for your students, the UTD eLearning team recommends that professors reevaluate their offered courses before the start of term and see if any changes need to be made. Here are some questions you can ask yourself when you prepare your course for the upcoming semester.

 

Is my material up-to-date?

Many topics change and evolve at a fast rate. What was true six months ago may no longer be, so it’s important that your students have access to the latest and most accurate information.

Go through your materials and establish what items need to be changed or updated. If you recorded lectures for your course, consider rerecording the videos. If it’s too late in the development process to refresh the videos, create a plan to update them during the semester so that they are ready for the following offering.

You should also explore all the links you’ve included in your course to see if they still direct students to the correct sources. Websites sometimes undergo changes, which can break old links.

 

Is my course organized? Is there a logical structure to my course?

If done well, a course’s organizational structure can make navigation easy and fluid. The opposite can be said if a course’s structure isn’t thought out.

For example, instead of storing individual assignments on the Course Homepage with other materials and items, you can create a Content Area for those individual assignments. This way, students can easily navigate towards the assignments when necessary without having to hunt for them.

Take a look at the following image pulled from an upcoming summer course displaying the left-hand sidebar found in all eLearning courses.

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The sidebar is broken up into relevant and important sections. There’s a space for the Course Homepage (which contains general course material), a Learning Modules section, an Exams section, and so on. The student doesn’t need to search through folders to find the link to the course syllabus or the midterm exam. The course is structured so that the students can easily find to appropriate sections with minimal clicks, allowing them to focus on the course instead of navigating through it.

 

What did my students say in the previous offering?

At the end of the day, your course is for the students, and their feedback is invaluable. Review your course evaluation from the previous offering and make note of what your students had to say after completing your course. Also review any comments or complaints your students may have made about the course during the semester and see if there are any trends or similarities between them. Student comments can help you identify what your online course might need to improve.

 

As always, please feel free to reach out to eLearning@utdallas.edu with your questions.

 

eLearning Upgrade Outage Scheduled – May 12 (Sat), 2:30am-2:30pm

An eLearning outage has been scheduled for Saturday, May 12, from 2:30am until 2:30pm.  This 12hr window will be used to upgrade eLearning. During this time, eLearning will not be available.  Once the upgrade is complete, the LMS Tech group will spend the next 48hrs updating settings, the language pack, and branding.  If you have any questions, please contact elearning@utdallas.edu.

Merge Course Tool available & Early Student Access for U18 courses

MERGE COURSE TOOL

The Merge Course Tool is available in eLearning, and faculty can now use the tool to merge U18 courses. (Any courses that are officially cross-listed in Orion have been automatically merged for faculty.)

TUTORIAL: How to use the Merge Course Tool

 

EARLY STUDENT ACCESS TO U18 COURSES IN ELEARNING

Courses will automatically become available to students the morning of the first day of the semester (May 21). If you would like your students to access your course before the first day of class, please complete the eLearning Early Course Access Form.