Educational Technology Services

Getting Started with eLearning

eLearning Overview

The Comet Path for Online Learning is a self-paced learning module that provides helpful information for students who are taking a fully online course at UTD.

Students will learn the following:

  • Time management
  • Hardware devices
  • Popular eLearning functions
  • Other resources for success at UTD

Select the icon below or the link above to start.

Your Comet Path for Online Learning

Technical Requirements

In addition to a confident level of computer and Internet literacy, certain minimum technical requirements must be met to enable a successful learning experience.

Browsers and Operating Systems


Course Access and Navigation

Students must have a UT Dallas NetID and password to log into the eLearning server and access the course.

New students can go to the UT Dallas NetID Self-Service page to activate their account. Students can use this account to access their UT Dallas eLearning classes plus other UTD computing systems (such as your UT Dallas email account).

Please note that your account password must be updated every year. Users will receive a reminder message to their UT Dallas email accounts from OIT prior to the password expiration. To update the account password, please login to the NetID webpage. For more information, please visit the NetID FAQ's page.

Students can access their courses by loggin in to eLearning. Courses may be accessed after the semester starts. Once logged in, students will see the Institution Page, as shown in the image below.

eLearning Institution Page

Students can select "Courses" from the left menu bar to see a list of their active courses. Students can then click on the course title to access their course.

eLearning Tools and Functionality

There are several built-in tools your instructors may utilize to facilitate learning, communication, interaction, and collaboration. Examples include Discussion Boards, Groups, and Blackboard Collaborate, to name a few. If you're unfamiliar with any tool your instructor plans to use, please review the video tutorials on the eLearning Tutorials page to better familiarize yourself with these tools.

Email - To access UT Dallas' student email, please visit Galaxy. To learn more about email at UTD, please visit OIT's Individual UTD Email webpage. For assistance with your UTD email account, please contact OIT directly.