Assessment settings and video content options

8 Sep 2015
eLearning Update, eLearning Systems and Support
08 September 2015

Control the release of results

During marking or moderation you may not be ready for individual students to see their results. To control the release of results from TurnItIn, Blackboard Assignments and Tests you need to carefully set both the individual tool settings and the Grade Centre column setting Hide from Students (on/off). Refer to the TurnitinBlackboard assignments and Tests guides for step-by-step instructions.

Turnitin - update student lists

Turnitin assignments only contain the students who were in your course when the assignment was created. If more students have enrolled since you created your assignment you will need to update the class list so those students can submit their assignments. The Roster Sync function allows you to update your class list.  Refer to the Roster Sync guide for step-by-step instructions. 

Video content options

Are you thinking of moving some of your course content online to free up in-class time for active learning and problem solving activities? There are a variety of tool options available at UQ to cater for different use cases.

Mini lectures

iSpring can be used to create Voice over PowerPoint (VOP) online lectures that include formative quizzes. The Test tool can be used in addition to iSpring if summative quizzes are also required. For further information refer to the Desktop recording and Test guides.

Software demonstrations

Echo360 PCAP can be used to create video screen captures. With this tool you could record an orientation to your Learn.UQ course or create instructional videos on how to use discipline specific software. This tool also includes features that allow you to edit your video.

The Kaltura screen capture / webcam tool is another option which is useful for quickly producing videos. Use the tool to create a Welcome message or update announcement for your course. This tool has very limited video editing options. 

For further information refer to the Desktop recording guide.

External video content

The YouTube or Web links tools can be used to include external video content in your Learn.UQ course. Refer to the Embed a YouTube video and Add a web link guides for step-by-step instructions.

Expert interviews and personal video content

Videos you have produced yourself, such interviews with discipline experts can be uploaded to your Learn.UQ course using UQ's video server Kaltura. Kaltura has an advantage over YouTube in that the video is only available to students enrolled in your course. Refer to the Insert a video into a Content Area guide for step-by-step instructions.

UQ Library video

The Library Multimedia Service has an extensive collection of online streaming videos including feature films, documentaries, TV and more. Visit the Video Streams on Demand site to view the library collection. For further information refer to the Video and Audio content guide. 

Would you like personal support for video production to get you started?

Course coordinators can nominate for the eLearning Solutions Service by emailing to organise an appointment for help with any of the above mentioned tools. 

Online marking for group assignments

Jemma King used the Groups and Blackboard assignment tools to improve the submission and marking process for the group assignments in her Organisational Behaviour course. The Groups tool allowed for the efficient formation and management of project groups. The use of the Blackboard assignment tool decreased the marking turnaround time and allowed individual group members to easily access the feedback for the whole group. Jemma shares her views on the benefits of using online marking for group assignments. Watch Video (2:19)


For further information refer to the Assignment tool guide.

Nominate for the eLearning Solutions Service to receive individual help to implement Group assignments.


Using Turnitin for online marking

Dr Marissa Edwards used Turnitin for the online submission and marking of an essay assignment in her Organisation Behaviour course. She found the use of a comment bank by her tutors increased the quality and consistency of feedback. The automatic calculation of final marks and distributions of marked assignments back to students also decreased administration time. Marissa shares her views on the benefits of using Turnitin for the written assignment. 

For further information refer to the Turnitin guide.

Nominate for the eLearning Solutions Service to receive individual help to implement Turnitin assignments.

ResponseWare and Office 2013

An update to Office 2013 on some lectern machines during August disabled ResponseWare. Desktop support has now deployed a fix to all affected machines.

Double assignment submission

ITS recommend that course coordinators configure online assignment submission so that students only need to submit once; and not to both a Blackboard assignment and Turnitin assignment submission link. The eLearning helpdesk receives numerous jobs each semester due to difficulties caused by the use of double assignment submission. 

Contact the eLearning helpdesk for advice or nominate for the eLearning Solutions Service to receive individual help to select and implement an online assignment solution for your course.

Tests - Do not use Force Completion

ITS recommend course coordinators DO NOT use the Force Completion option in tests as the setting causes student tests to submit prematurely if their Internet connection drops out. Guides with the recommended settings of experienced UQ course coordinators are available for different types of tests. Refer to the Formative test (quiz), Non-invigilated Summative test or Invigilated Summative test guides.