New in eLearning – Collaborate Ultra, New Box View, and recent Blackboard Upgrade

Welcome to the Spring 2018 semester! You may have noticed some updates in the eLearning interface. Click the links below to view our eLearning Blog posts about each of the updates.

  • New in eLearning – Collaborate Ultra
    Blackboard’s redesigned web conferencing tool provides a much easier-to-use video conferencing functionality that lets you add files, share applications, and use a virtual whiteboard to interact.  Click here for more information, including a video preview.
  • New in eLearning – New Box View (Inline Grading)
    Crocodoc, the service previously used by Blackboard for inline grading, reached its end-of-life in January 2018. It has been replaced by a new inline grading service called New Box view.  Click here for more information, including a video preview.
  • New in eLearning – Blackboard Upgrade (Q2 2017)
    UTD’s eLearning server was successfully upgraded to version Q2 2017 over the break. This update provides improved performance and functionality improvement including expanded drag-and-drop functionality, submission receipts for assignments, email reminders, and more.  Click here for more information about these and other improvements.

Helpful eLearning Links

Your Summer 2017 courses are now visible to your students.  Here are some helpful links to get you started in eLearning this semester.


  • Want to learn about NEW FEATURES/QUIRKS in eLearning? CLICK HERE
  • Want to print your PHOTO ROSTER? CLICK HERE
  • Want to MERGE your courses? CLICK HERE
  • Want to ADD A TA to your course? CLICK HERE
  • Need to COPY CONTENT from your OLD course to your U17 course?  CLICK HERE
  • Need help GETTING STARTED in eLearning? CLICK HERE

REMINDER: Adding TAs in eLearning

If you need to add a TA in eLearning, you must use Orion to officially add them to your course.  Below are instructions on how to do this.



  • This process is only for adding graduate Teaching Assistants.
  • To add any other type of user – including undergraduate teaching assistants – please use the Add User form, linked to below.


INSTRUCTIONS: How to Add Graduate TA to eLearing Course


ALL OTHER USERS (including undergrad teaching assistants): Add User form

Merge Course Requests

The new Merge Courses Tool is now available in eLearning for faculty use. This new tool allows faculty to select the courses to combine, click [Merge], and immediately create the new merged course. For instructions on how to access and use the new Merge Courses Tool in eLearning, view the short video tutorial below.  Please contact if you have any questions.


VIDEO: Merge Courses Tool Walk-Through

Printable Photo Roster Now in eLearning

Faculty can now access and print out course photo rosters directly from eLearning!


  1. While in your eLearning course, go to Control Panel > Course Tools > UTD-Photo Roster.


  2. You will now see your Photo Roster for your course.  (PLEASE NOTE: If you have students listed for whom a photo does not appear, the student does not yet have a photo on file.)
  3. You are able to print out your Photo Roster by clicking the [Print] button at the bottom of the screen.roster