New in eLearning – Blackboard Upgrade (Q2 2017)

Over the holiday break, UTD’s Blackboard (eLearning) server was successfully upgraded to Q2 2017. Below are highlights of some of the new/improved functionality.

Drag and Drop Files

When instructors create content items, assignments, and web links, they can now drag files from their computers to the “hot spot” in the Attach Files area. Students can also drag files to upload when they submit assignments. The drag-and-drop feature has been added to the Content Collection, Content Editor, Blank Page, Blogs, Journals, and Portfolios. If the browser allows, you can drag a folder of files and the files uploads individually.

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Submission Confirmation Receipts

Students can receive a notification email for each assignment attempt with information about the submission including attached files. A submission receipt is captured at the time of submission and includes information such as attached file information, date, time, etc. This feature provides evidence for academic disputes, giving students assurance about their work. A receipt is generated for each group member when a student submits on behalf of the group, and the anonymous state of an assignment is respected. For assignments with multiple attempts, students receive a different number for each submission.

submission-receipt

Reminders

Faculty can send email reminders from Grade Center columns to students and members of groups who have missing coursework. Students receive a system-generated email that lists the course, coursework, and the due date if included.  Faculty can also send reminders for assignments with anonymous or delegated grading enabled. To protect anonymity, students’ names and attempt statuses aren’t revealed.

send-reminder

Fewer Needs Grading Items

When multiple-attempt assessments are set to calculate using the first or last attempt, there are potentially numerous other attempts that will never be used for the grade calculation. This can be particularly problematic in anonymous or delegated grading scenarios where it can be difficult to determine which attempts are associated with students and therefore require grading. A new filter is now available both in the Needs Grading workflow as well as within the Grade Center to show or hide these attempts. Attempts that won’t calculate towards the assessment grade are now indicated with an icon.

Course Activity Reports

The Course Activity Overview report has been updated to improve the experience for larger enrollment courses. Instructors can filter the report and break down the calculations of student activity by course groups.

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New in eLearning – New Box View (Inline Grading)

Crocodoc, the window where annotations can be added to assignments in Inline Grading reached its end of life in January 2018.  It was replaced by a new product called New Box View.

New Box View’s user-friendly interface enables faculty to easily provide rich feedback to students.  New Box View supports over 100 different file types, including video, audio, images, and programming code. Below you’ll find a video preview of what the New Box View inline grading looks like.


The following are some highlights of this change:

  • Faculty who use Turnitin for assignment submissions aren’t affected
  • Faculty who use Blackboard assignments for submission, but then download and mark work in other programs (such as Word, Excel etc.) aren’t affected
  • Faculty who add marks in the Grade Centre aren’t affected
  • Faculty who use Blackboard assignments for submission and add annotations to the submissions ARE AFFECTED
  • Displays a wider range of file formats (including video, audio and some 3D (Graphics and Modelling) files; is also able to render a wide range of fonts and should render existing fonts more accurately.
  • Annotations archive with courses (wasn’t possible with Crocodoc).

Lost functionality with New Box View:

  • The ability to download files with the annotations included isn’t available.
  • Drawing and strikethrough isn’t available as an annotation tools.

Blackboard are working with Box to improve functionality, particularly around downloading/printing annotations and adding strike-through and drawing tools.

Additional Information:

 

eLearning Training Workshops & Open Labs – Spring 2018

Greetings!

The UTD eLearning Team provides training to faculty and staff on various educational technology tools.

  • To browse through our Training Workshops, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
  • To view available dates and register, please LOG INTO GALAXY> LEO > Find Available Training > Search by Training Department > eLearning.

               If no dates are available or if you would like a one-to-one session, please fill out the SPECIAL TRAINING REQUEST FORM.

  • We conduct customized training for departments/ groups. To request a session please fill out the SPECIAL TRAINING REQUEST FORM> select “Group Training”.

Open Labs
We also conduct weekly open labs in order to provide hands on assistance to assist faculty, staff and TA/ RAs with eLearning tools. No registration required. You can bring your own device or use a lab computer. The lab schedule is:

EVERY FRIDAY
10:00 AM – NOON
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For more information please visit our webpage  or email us at elearning@utdallas.edu.

Wishing everyone a great Spring 2018 semester!

Spring 2018 : Clickers information for faculty

Good Afternoon,

 

The UT Dallas eLearning team assists faculty in implementing Clickers (classroom polling technology) in their classrooms. If you are new to Clickers and would like to learn more, PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR AN OVERVIEW.

The officially recommended clicker technology for campus-wide use is Turning Point Cloud. If you are interested to start using Turning Point Cloud in your Spring 18 class/es, PLEASE FILL OUT THIS ONLINE FORM and we will initiate the process right away.

eLearning Training Workshops & Open Labs – Fall 2017

Good Afternoon,

The UT Dallas eLearning team offers training workshops on various educational technology topics.

PLEASE CLICK HERE  to browse through the Fall 2017 Training Offerings.

OPEN LABS

We conduct weekly Open Labs to offer hands-on assistance to faculty & staff with elearning tools. No registration required. You can bring your own device or use a lab computer.

EVERY FRIDAY

10:00 AM – NOON

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For any questions/ comments or to request more information, please email elearning@utdallas.edu.

The UT Dallas eLearning team offers training workshops to faculty and staff on various educational technology tools. To browse through training offerings, PLEASE VISIT OUR TRAINING PAGE.

 

  • To view available dates and register, please LOG INTO GALAXY  > Look for LEO (Learning and Education Organizer)  > click on “Find Available Training” > Search by “Training Department”).
  • If no dates are available, please fill out the SPECIAL TRAINING REQUEST FORM and select a We will contact you to set up a one-to-one session.
  • We also conduct customized workshops for departments/ groups. To request a session, please fill out the SPECIAL TRAINING REQUEST FORM and select “Group Training”.

 

We hold OPEN LABS to offer hands-on assistance to faculty & staff with elearning tools. No registration required! You can bring your own device or use a lab computer.

 

EVERY FRIDAY

10:00 AM – 12 NOON

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If you have any questions or require more information, please email elearning@utdallas.edu.

Clickers Information for Summer 2017

The UT Dallas eLearning team assists faculty in the use of clickers (classroom polling technology). At UTD, the officially recommended clicker solution for academic courses is Turning Point Polling. Please click here to learn more.

 

Faculty who are new to Turning Point Polling: If you would like to implement this software for your Summer 17 course/s, PLEASE USE THIS FORM TO SIGN UP. We will get in touch with you and assist with the implementation.

 

Faculty who have been using Turning Point Polling and planning to do so in Summer 17 course/s: PLEASE USE THIS CHECKLIST to make sure everything has been correctly set up. If you need hands-on assistance or if you would like us to look over your setup, please stop by at the eLearning Open Labs:

Every Friday
10:00 AM – Noon
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