Using Rubrics in eLearning

Rubrics are a great way to easily and impartially grade student assignments. They are also valuable resources for students to understand your specific grading criteria and what it takes to earn a certain score. Students don’t need to guess or wonder how you will grade because the rubric outlines everything.


(Image above found on Blackboard’s site linked below.)

To create a rubric, follow the instructions below:

  1. Click on Course Tools on the left-hand side of the screen.
  2. Select Rubrics.
  3. Click Create Rubric.

The next screen allows you to create a rubric based on your needs. You can add columns and rows, change percentages, and provide descriptions of the various levels of achievement. Blackboard, eLearning’s provider, has a section on their website with more information about rubrics.

When you want to attach a rubric to an assignment, you can do the following:

  1. When creating your assignment, select Add Rubric in the Grading
  2. Adjust the Type and the Show Rubric to Students option depending on your needs.
  3. Finish filling out the assignment, then click Submit.

Alternatively, if you already created the assignment, you can click the arrow beside the assignment name, select Edit, and then following the same instructions above.

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eLearning Training Workshops & Open Labs – Fall 2018

Greetings from the UTD eLearning team!

As we head into the Fall 2018 semester, please reach out to us if you need any training or support with eLearning or related educational technology tools.


Open Labs

We hold open labs to provide hands-on assistance with eLearning and other tools. Please stop by during lab hours and you will be assisted by a member of the eLearning team. No registration required. You can bring your own device or use a lab computer. The lab schedule is below:


10:00 AM – NOON

JSOM 2.224


For more information please visit our webpage  or email us at

How to Copy Tests from One Course to Another

If you want to reuse tests from a previous semester, you can easily export the test from the old course and import it into your new one. Follow the instructions below to copy over your tests.

To export your test from your old course:

  1. In your old course, click Course Tools on the left sidebar, then select Tests, Surveys, and Pools.
  2. Click Tests.
  3. Click the arrow beside the name of the test you want to export.
  4. Select Export to Local Computer.
  5. Save the file somewhere on your local machine.

To import your test into your new course:

  1. In your new course, click Tests, Surveys, and Pools.
  2. Click Tests.
  3. Select Import Test at the top.
  4. Find the exam you just exported and upload it.

The test should now be in your new course. It will, however, still require you to deploy the test (i.e. make it available to your students).

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(New Online Course) OPRE 6382.0W1 – Import and Export Trade Compliance

A new online course focusing on trade compliance will be offered this fall. OPRE 6382.0W1 (Import and Export Trade) will be taught by Professors Diane Divin and Joseph Vicario, two Adjunct Faculty in the Jindal School of Management. Below is a description of the course:

“Many trade and economic experts now say that President Trump has catapulted the United States into a full fledge trade war with China and a host of other major U.S. trading partners – and they see no sign of it ending soon. While there is no formal definition of what constitutes a trade war, the escalating exchange of trade barriers, including the imposition of some very high tariffs, between the U.S. and its major trading partners has reached a point where experts are predicting negative impacts on investment decisions, economic growth and, importantly, in terms of multinational companies’ global supply chain operations.

So what are global supply chain professionals doing now besides many of them losing sleep over these recent events? Some may be regretting that they did not have the opportunity to take OPRE 6382.OW1 – Import and Export Trade Compliance –  a new course UTD is offering. You, however, still have a chance to register for this very timely course in order to ensure you are well prepared to understand the issues involved, the ramifications for global supply chains and to provide in real time value-added solutions to multinational companies.”

About Professor Divin:


Diane Divin has been the President and owner of Divin Consulting since 2016, and focuses on small to medium size businesses.  Prior to this, she was the Manager of Global Import/Export for the Mary Kay Corporation for 22 years.   She structured Mary Kay Inc.’s global Import/Export compliance programs; designed the Import/Export training and audit procedures; initiated and managed implementation of international trade software systems; and managed the global Import/Export team.

The Import/Export team oversees all imports/exports globally, from raw materials/ingredients to finished goods and from cosmetics to equipment and technology, between 40+ countries.  Her team oversaw compliance with:

  1. corporate global IT international data centers,
  2. contract manufacturing across the globe, including the movement of chemicals, ingredients and packaging and controlled equipment
  3. 37 subsidiaries and distributorships

She served on teams tasked with the opening of Mary Kay subsidiaries and the utilization of packaging and manufacturing in foreign countries.  She researched international trade software systems, the selection, and created the ROI’s. Her team launched 5 systems during her management there.  In 2012, she served, along with her Government Relations Vice Presidents, on the team that presented data and solutions to the Trans Pacific Partnership FTA team from 9 countries for their negotiations in Dallas, TX, USA.

About Professor Vicario:

Mr. Vicario is an international trade regulation attorney with extensive experience in industry and private law practice.  In his capacity as Senior Counsel International Trade Regulation at Texas Instrument (TI) for over 25 years, Mr. Vicario advised the company on a variety of trade issues and the development of corporate strategies for international competition, with special emphasis on export and import regulatory issues.  Mr. Vicario also served as the Secretary and legal counsel to the TI Ethics and Compliance Committee and was a member of TI’s Corporate Compliance Committee. Mr. Vicario graduated from the University of Virginia in 1975 with a B.A., with distinction, in Foreign Affairs.  Mr. Vicario received his J.D., cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1978.

If you are interested in taking this course, please register soon before seats are filled.

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I have a tech question! Who do I contact?

UTD offers two support services for technology issues – eLearning Support and the Office of Information Technology (OIT) Help Desk. Since OIT and eLearning have different specializations, we’ve compiled a brief list of issues each team addresses to help you decide which one to contact with your tech questions.

eLearning Support

Our eLearning Help Desk focuses primarily on eLearning-related issues. These issues can include course setup for faculty, assignment submission problems, information on eLearning tools such as Turnitin, potential bugs, and general eLearning guidance.

You can reach eLearning Support 24/7 at our website. Please note that for specific or complex issues, eLearning Support will escalate the ticket to a second tier (which operates during normal business hours).

OIT Help Desk

The OIT Help Desk focuses on the technology issues eLearning doesn’t cover. Issues such as login difficulties, wireless network troubles, and on-campus technology should be reported to OIT. OIT support hours can be found on their website.

If you’re unsure of which group to contact, please reach out to one of the services listed above and they will direct you to the proper outlet.

You can contact OIT here. You can reach out to eLearning by visiting our website found here.

Merging Your Courses in eLearning

What is a merged course?

A merged course refers to a single main course in eLearning where instructors can manage multiple individual courses. The following terms are important to keep in mind:

  • Parent course – the main master course, where the instructor keeps the content and grades
  • Child course – the individual courses that combine to form the Parent course

Why would I need a merged course?

If you teach multiple sections of the same course, managing a merged course can make things much easier than having to deal with a number of different shells. For example, if you teach BIOL 2312.001, .002, and .003, you can have them merged into one course. This way, you only need to focus on one course (the merged Parent course) in eLearning instead of having to navigate between various sections.

How can I merge my courses?

The eLearning system will automatically merge courses that are cross-listed in Orion (i.e. CS/SE 1301.001 or ACCT/BA 1301.001). You can see if the system did this when those courses show up in your My eLearning page.

If you would like to manually merge your courses together, eLearning has a Merge Course Tool available for instructors to merge their courses together. When available, you can find this tool at the bottom of your My eLearning page. Click here to view the Merge Course Tool tutorial.

Please note: Only instructors can merge courses together. If you are not the instructor of the course, you will not be able to complete a merge.

When can I manually merge my courses?

The Merge Course Tool becomes available about one month prior to the semester start, and the tool remains available to faculty until the end of the first week of the semester.

What if I want to merge my course after the semester starts?

While the Merge Course Tool is available up to one week after the semester, it is important to remember that any student activity completed in the course (i.e. discussion posts, test submissions, grades) is no longer accessible after the course merge.  For this reason, it is important to do the merge as early as possible in that first week as possible – ideally, before the semester start.

What if I have questions?

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Copying Over Your Old Course for the New Semester

The Course Copy tool in eLearning allows instructors to quickly copy materials and layouts from one course to another. This tool can help you save time with your course development if your courses have minimal or no changes each semester.

Note: Older courses have been archived. You will need to contact eLearning to request access to those old courses if you would like to copy them over.

Follow the instructions below in the course with the materials you would like copied over. For example, if you want to copy your Spring 18 course to your upcoming Fall 18 course, follow the steps below in your Spring course.

  1. In your OLD course, select Course Copy under the Packages and Utilities section found on the left sidebar.
  2. Click the dropdown box beside Select Copy Type and select Copy Course Materials into an Existing Course.
  3. Beside Destination Course ID, click Browse and select the NEW course you want your materials copied to.
  4. Select the items you would like copied over.
    • If you want the entire course copied over, simply click Select All.
  5. Click Submit at the bottom.

If you would like to watch a video highlighting these steps, click here.

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