eCampus Version 9.1 Faculty Tutorials

Welcome to the eCampus Instructor Training site!
eCampus is the system you will use to deliver your online course materials to your online class.

Short Tutorials

Below are several short tutorials to help you learn how to use eCampus.

If you have questions about eCampus, please call the DCCCD Faculty Service Desk using the contact information below:

Phone: 972-669-6460
(Daily 7am to Midnight with the exception of DCCCD Holidays/Closings)

**We ask that you do not share the Faculty Service Desk information with students**

BT 103

eCampus Basics (BT103) provides an in depth look at the new Grade Center interface. The tutorials show, among other things, how to create columns, move columns, enter grades, create customized views of the Grade Center (using Smart Views and Grading Periods), and how to compute the final grades using the Total (points) column and/or the Weighted Total column.

 Grade Center Manual (PDF 1.9 mb)

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BT 104

eCampus Communication Tools (BT104) provides an in depth look at frequently used communication tools. Using these tools, instructors can provide enriched communication in the web-enhanced traditional classroom as well as in the online venue. Some of the most popular communications tools are Discussion Board, Blogs, Journals and Groups.

 Communication Manual (PDF 1.3 mb)

 Watch the video tutorials:

Resources for Faculty

 Operating Systems and Browsers for eCampus (PDF)

 Using Student Preview

 Additional Resources and Information:

For support, faculty need to call 972-669-6460 during the hours listed below.
Do not provide this number to students.

Minimizing Test Gridlock

Here are a few tips to help you minimize assessment problems:

  • Consider all assessments in eCampus to be "open-book", unless proctoring is required.
  • Limit assessments to what can be accomplished in 55 minutes. If an assessment must be longer than 55-minutes, consider making two exams. 50 questions are a lot.
  • Consider a backup testing method, if you teach on-campus courses.
  • Avoid setting an assessment to open in a new window, as this tends to introduce user navigation errors and browser issues.
  • Use only the All at Once presentation method rather than the One at a Time method, unless your exam contains images. All at Once reduces the opportunity for students to make navigation and interface errors.
  • Choose Randomize Questions in the Test Options or in the Test Manager (if using Random Block). Do not use both, as this will often lock a student out of an assessment.
  • Avoid randomized display order for exams using one question at a time display.
  • When using random selection of questions, keep the overall exam especially short.
  • Keep images in your exams small.
  • DO NOT use external or internal scripts to prohibit copying or printing. Students who have difficulties need to contact Technical Support directly to determine if the issue is with the students' settings, (e.g. browser settings, Java, etc.).
  • When taking in-classroom or in-lab exams, stagger the test launch and submission.
  • Users should save no more often than every 15 minutes.
  • Do not use Force Completion.