Lecture Recording Enhancement and Learn.UQ Upgrade

24 Nov 2017

Lecture Recording Enhancement 2017

Transition to the new version of the Lecture recording service (Echo360) will take place on Sunday 26 November. The lectern touch-screen will remain the same but instructors and students will notice improved features via Blackboard, including an instructor dashboard with engagement statistics and improved notetaking functionality for students. Access to previously recorded materials will be retained via existing Blackboard course sites. Links to guides and support resources are available from the Lecture Recordings tool page. For more information, please refer to the Lecture Recordings Enhancement 2017 project webpage.

Learn.UQ Christmas upgrade 2017

Blackboard will be unavailable due to maintenance from 27 to 29 December, during the mid-Summer Semester recess. During this period, the upgrade originally intended for July will be applied along with some other changes required to maintain key functionality such as Blackboard assignment annotations. For more information, please refer to the Learn.UQ Upgrade Timeline 2017 project webpage.

Make your Summer Semester course available

Most students start looking for their courses in Learn.UQ during O-Week. Remember, Blackboard course sites should now be made available to students one week prior to the first teaching activity (Minimum Presence in Blackboard policy 3.80.01). Activation is the coordinator’s responsibility, using the instructions below. 

Control Panel > Customisation > Properties > Set Availability and select the Yes radio button. Alternatively refer to the Course Availability guide for step-by-step instructions or view the video guide.

Not finished setting up your course? Just hide the menu links and create an announcement to welcome your students.

Early bird December workshops

The eLearning team are offering a range of practical workshops on eLearning tools to help staff prepare for Summer Semester and Semester 1. For a description of each workshop, dates and to register, visit the Staff Development / Teaching and Learning Technologies website.

Adobe Connect versus Zoom 

Now that the Zoom web conferencing system has been made available to all UQ staff and students, feedback is sought on whether the Adobe Connect virtual classroom system is still required. If you currently use Adobe Connect, please try Zoom and provide feedback on any features unique to Adobe Connect you think may prevent you from using Zoom. Zoom offers the advantages of a telephone dial in option for students and guest speakers. Zoom also facilitates student initiated collaborations for group projects. Please email feedback to elearningtraining@uq.edu.au.

Order your Summer Semester and Semester 1 courses now

You can request your Learn.UQ course for Summer Semester, 2017 and Semester 1, 2018 now!

1. Use the online Site Request form located on the Staff tab in Learn.UQ. This form also allows you to request a copy of course content from a previous semester.


2. Publish your Electronic Course Profile (ECP) for a blank course template to be created automatically within 48 hours. For content to be copied, request a 'copy' through the Staff tab mentioned above.

For step-by-step instructions refer to the guide on Course Requests.

ITaLI TeachAssist

TeachAssist is provided by ITaLI for the UQ community to offer support for their teaching and learning. If you are considering changing your curriculum, its delivery or assessment, evaluating your teaching or perhaps even educational research then get in contact through the ITaLI TeachAssist website. Assistance is available on a range of pedagogical, teaching professional development, evaluations, learning analytics and online learning development activities.

Custom workshops for teaching staff, tutors and professional staff

Custom workshops on centrally supported eLearning tools are available on request for faculties, schools and/or courses. Laptops are provided for the sessions and course coordinators only need to book a meeting room. Contact elearningtraining@uq.edu.au with details of the preferred date, time, room booking and approximate numbers.

Finalise results

Watch the video for a step by step walkthrough of how to finalise your results using the Grade Centre. (8.40mins)

Grade Schema 1-7

Watch the video for a step by step walkthrough of how to set up a Grade Schema to automatically allocation grades 1 -7 based on percentage boundaries. (4.05mins)

SI-net merge tool

The SI-net merge tool allows you to download Grade Centre marks to a spreadsheet in the correct format for upload to SI-net. Watch the video  for a step by step walkthrough of the SI-net merge process. (5.16mins).

Direct upload of MCQ's

Do you have MCQ's in your final exam? If so, you can directly upload marked MCQ test results to Grade Centre. Watch the video for a step by step walkthrough of how to upload paper based MCQ test results to Grade Centre using the provided results spreadsheet. (8.12mins).