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 Upgrade Outage Scheduled – Dec.27, 12am-10am

An eLearning outage has been scheduled for Wednesday, December 27, from 12am (midnight) until 10am.  This 10hr window will be used to upgrade eLearning.  During this time, eLearning will not be available.  If you have any questions, please contact elearning@utdallas.edu.

Extended Emergency Maintenance Outage – Tue, 12/12, 1-6am (early morning)

A five-hour extended maintenance outage has been scheduled for Tuesday, December 12, from 1-6am (early morning) to perform emergency maintenance on our eLearning environment. During this time, eLearning will be UNAVAILABLE.  If you have any questions, please contact eLearning@utdallas.edu.

Merge Course Tool available & Early Student Access for S18 courses


The Merge Course Tool is available in eLearning, and faculty can now use the tool to merge S18 courses. (Any courses that are officially cross-listed in Orion have been automatically merged for faculty.)

TUTORIAL: How to use the Merge Course Tool


Courses will automatically become available to students the morning of the first day of the semester (January 8). If you would like your students to access your course before the first day of class, please complete the eLearning Early Course Access Form.

Possible eLearning Service Interruption – December 1 (FRI), 1-5am

Tomorrow morning (Friday, December 1st), between 1-5am CST (early morning), Blackboard will perform emergency maintenance at their datacenter that hosts UTD’s eLearning environment. Blackboard anticipates no interruption in service as a result of the work; however, they cannot entirely rule out brief periods of intermittent connectivity.  We strongly recommend against users taking online exams during this four-hour window of time.  If you have any questions, please contact elearning@utdallas.edu.  Thank you.

Spring 2018 Courses; Add TA/Other Users; Early Access

Spring 2018 Courses – Spring courses are now available to instructors in eLearning.  Students will 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 8th).


REMINDER: Adding Users to Your eLearning Course

Below are forms to have users added to your eLearning courses. We strongly recommend that all requests be submitted before the Spring 2018 semester begins.


INSTRUCTIONS: How to Add a TA to your eLearning Course

– Request submitted by the Instructor-Of-Record via Orion

– TA must have already completed FERPA training to be added your eLearning course.

FORM: Add a User (Other than a TA) to Your eLearning Course

– submitted by the Instructor-of-Record or Department Head
– requires justification

– will be submitted to Registrar for consideration for approval


Merged Courses

– Courses that are combined in Orion will be automatically merged in eLearning by December 8th.

– The Merge Course Tool is not yet available for Spring 2018 courses.  The LMS Tech group will turn on the tool for S18 courses by December 8th.


Opening an eLearning Course Early – If you are interested in making your Spring 2018 eLearning course available/accessible to your students prior to the first day of the semester, please complete/submit an ELEARNING COURSE EARLY ACCESS FORM.
PLEASE NOTE: Courses can be opened up to one month prior to the semester start.  So the earliest date for courses to be opened is December 8th.   

RESOLVED: eLearning Sluggishness Related to Network Issues

The campus network issues have been resolved.  If you have any questions about this issue, please contact the OIT Helpdesk at 972-883-2911 or assist@utdallas.edu.