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
JSOM 2.224

Merge Course Tool available & Early Student Access for U17 courses

MERGE COURSE TOOL

The Merge Course Tool is now available in eLearning. Faculty can use this tool to merge their U17 courses. Courses that are officially cross-listed in Orion will be automatically merged on Tuesday, March 9.

TUTORIAL: How to use the Merge Course Tool

 

EARLY STUDENT ACCESS TO U17 COURSES IN ELEARNING

Courses will automatically become available to students the morning of the first day of the semester (May 30). If you would like your students to access your course before the first day of class, please complete the eLearning Early Course Access Form.

Exam Passwords when using LockDown Browser

If you are using LockDown Browser for an exam your giving in eLearning, it is important to remember that you set the test in the Respondus Lockdown Browser tool, NOT in the Test Options.  This is an issue that’s come up several times already this semester.  Below are instructions on where to set your LockDown Browser exam password.

 

HOW TO change the password for a LockDown Browser exam

 

Go to Control Panel > Course Tools > Respondus LockDown Browser.

 

Click the drop-down button beside the test you’re editing. Choose Modify Settings.

 

Type in your password. Click Save and Close.

 

You’ve now added your password to your LockDown Browser exam.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

When you turn on LockDown Browser for an exam, if you go into the exam’s Test Options, you’ll see a randomly generated password. DO NOT CHANGE THIS PASSWORD! If you edit this password in any way, your test will not open for your students.  Instead, use the instructions above to edit your password.

 

For more information on using LockDown Browser in eLearning, click here to watch our video tutorial.  Please email elearning@utdallas.edu if you have any questions.

eLearning issues

Blackboard (UTD’s eLearning vendor) uses Amazon Web Services (AWS) to host several services that are integrated into eLearning. Amazon is reporting a major outage that is affecting thousands of web services, including those used in eLearning.  Amazon is working to address the issue ASAP.  Below is a list of services that affect UTD eLearning users.

 

  • Respondus LockDown Browser
  • In-Line Grading of assignments
  • Accessing Collaborate recordings and files (web conferencing)

 

If you have any questions, please email elearning@utdallas.edu.  Thank you for your patience.

eLearning Training & Open Labs

This Spring, the eLearning team offers the following training and support services for faculty and staff:

 

  • Training: This semester, we offer eLearning training for faculty and staff on a one-to-one, or group/ departmental basis. We provide hands-on training at our training room (JSOM 2.224), or we can come to your office/ conference room. Please use our SPECIAL TRAINING REQUEST FORM to view the list of topics and to request a session.

 

  • Open Labs: We hold open labs, where faculty & staff can walk in, to receive hands-on assistance with eLearning tools. No registration required. You are welcome to bring your own device. Labs are held EVERY  FRIDAY, 10:00 AM – 12 NOON, AT JSOM 2.224

 

To revisit the above information and more, please visit: www.utdallas.edu/elearning. For any questions please email elearning@utdallas.edu .

eLearning Outage Scheduled – Dec.23 (10pm) – Dec.24 (1pm)

An eLearning outage has been scheduled for 10pm Friday, December 23rd until 1pm Saturday, December 24th. This 15hr maintenance window will be used to upgrade eLearning. During this time, eLearning will not be accessible. If you have any questions, please contact elearning@utdallas.edu.

Extended eLearning Maintenance Outage – Tue, 12/6, 2-5am (early morning)

A three-hour extended maintenance outage has been scheduled for Tuesday, December 6, from 2-5am (early morning) to apply audit fixes to our eLearning environment. During this time, eLearning will be UNAVAILABLE.  If you have any questions, please contact elearning@utdallas.edu.