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MERGE COURSE TOOL 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 EARLY STUDENT ACCESS TO S18 COURSES IN ELEARNING 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.

Your Spring 2018 courses are now visible to your students. Here are some helpful links to get you started in eLearning this semester. 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 S18 course? CLICK HERE Want to CLEAN UP YOUR COURSE LIST in eLearning? CLICK HERE Need help GETTING STARTED in eLearning? CLICK HERE

This weekend, Blackboard will perform scheduled datacenter infrastructure to replace hardware which will reach end-of-life in March 2018. This maintenance will take place between 11pm January 19 (Friday night) and 3am January 20 (early Saturday morning). Blackboard anticipates no interruption in service as a result of this work; however, they cannot entirely rule out brief periods of intermittent connectivity. We strongly recommend users against taking online exams during this four-hour window. If you have any questions, please contact elearning@utdallas.edu.

Even if the system creates the course, you will not receive an email letting you know that the course has been created until the LSS Staff member manually sends the email, which happens only during regular business hours. You can access your course once it is created, even without receiving the e-mail.

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All Blackboard mobile apps will be affected by upcoming server maintenance scheduled for Friday, July 22 (11pm) through Sunday, July 23 (1am). During this time, users of Blackboard apps – including Bb Student,… More Bb Grader, Bb Mobile Learn – will not be able to access the university eLearning site. PLEASE NOTE: Users accessing eLearning via a standard browser (i.e. Chrome, Firefox) will not experience any issue. This maintenance only affects those using Blackboard Mobile apps. Please contact elearning@utdallas.edu if you have any questions.

Educational psychologists distinguish between several types of constructivism: individual (or psychological) constructivism, such as Piaget’s theory of cognitive development, and social constructivism. This form of constructivism has a primary focus on how learners construct their own meaning from new information, as they interact with reality and with other learners who bring different perspectives. Constructivist learning environments require students to use their prior knowledge and experiences to formulate new, related, and/or adaptive concepts in learning (Termos, 2012[50]). Under this framework the role of the teacher becomes that of a facilitator, providing guidance so that learners can construct their own knowledge. Constructivist educators must make sure that the prior learning experiences are appropriate and related to the concepts being taught. Jonassen (1997) suggests “well-structured” learning environments are useful for novice learners and that “ill-structured” environments are only useful for more advanced learners. Educators utilizing a constructivist perspective may emphasize an active learning environment that may incorporate learner centered problem-based learning, project-based learning, and inquiry-based learning, ideally involving real-world scenarios, in which students are actively engaged in critical thinking activities. An illustrative discussion and example can be found in the 1980s deployment of constructivist cognitive learning in computer literacy, which involved programming as an instrument of learning.[51]:224 LOGO, a programming language, embodied an attempt to integrate Piagetan ideas with computers and technology.[51][52] Initially there were broad, hopeful claims, including “perhaps the most controversial claim” that it would “improve general problem-solving skills” across disciplines.[51]:238 However, LOGO programming skills did not consistently yield cognitive benefits.[51]:238 It was “not as concrete” as advocates claimed, it privileged “one form of reasoning over all others,” and it was difficult to apply the thinking activity to non-LOGO-based activities.[53] By the late 1980s, LOGO and other similar programming languages had lost their novelty and dominance and were gradually de-emphasized amid criticisms.[54]

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It is highly recommended that you request your course well in advance of the beginning of the semester. Those who wait until the last minute will face much longer wait times until their course is created. It is possible your course will not be created before the beginning of the semester.

At the end of last year, Bryan Jones from eLearningArt reached out to me for my predictions on the top 3 eLearning trends for 2018. He then took the responses from me and 56 other experts and put together a summary video of the top trends here and an article of the top eLearning trends here.

Whatever you’ve got your sights set on, that’s merely the beginning. As a Gator you’ll learn to see beyond the horizon. We measure success not in individual achievement, but where you go from there. Because when reaching your goals is just the starting point, there’s no end to what Gators can accomplish.

Every year around this time, we discuss the eLearning trends for the year. THESE ARE THE ELEARNING TRENDS FOR 2018. One thing is certain, however, microlearning will be everywhere as one of the biggest eLearning trends for 2018. Top 5 eLearning Trends Happening Now. MORE

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