Blackboard upgrade and eLearning workshops

6 Jan 2016
eLearning Update, eLearning Systems and Support
06 January 2016

Next Blackboard upgrade in July 2015 Inter Semester Recess

ITS has approval from the Teaching and Learning Committee (formally TELSC) to schedule the next Blackboard upgrade for the first weekend in July 2015. This will be during the Inter Semester Recess on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 July. There are no additional scheduled upgrades until November 2016. We will provide further details though emails, our upgrade web-page, and the eLearning newsletter.

What would you like in 2015?

Tell us what new eLearning tools or services would be helpful in this one page survey.

Order your Semester 1 - 2015 course

You can request your Learn.UQ course for Semester 1 2015 now! Use of one the two options below.

Option 1: Use the online Course Request form available from the Staff tab inside Learn.UQ. This form also allows you to request a copy of course content from a previous semester.


Option 2: Simply publish your Electronic Course Profile (ECP), and your Learn.UQ course will be created for you automatically (for all year 1 to 5 courses). In this case a blank template will be applied to the course, and a 'copy' can be requested through the Staff tab mentioned above.

Visit the Course Request page for further information.

Peer Assessment workshop - Students reviewing each other's work

Turnitin PeerMark facilitates students reading, reviewing and evaluating the work of other students in their course while sharing their own work. The workshop will explore the benefits of peer assessment for teaching and learning. Participants will be guided through the process of creating a TurnItIn PeerMark assessment,  students review submission and marking submitted reviews. Register for the 16 January workshop on the Staff Development site.

Desktop video recording - individual tutorials

ITS are helping pilot iSpring suite eLearning authoring software during 2015. iSpring integrates with PowerPoint and allows you to create video lectures, advanced quizzes with feedback, and interactive case studies. Licences are available for course coordinators attending training and willing to provide feedback. The online workshops facilitated by iSpring will be held on the dates below:

  • 15 January, 3pm - 4pm, online
  • 10 February, 3pm - 4pm, online

Please contact Ailsa Dickie, to register or for further information.

Flipped Classroom workshop

Thinking about flipping your course? The Flipped Classroom is a student centred method that explores ways to increase active learning and engagement which some educators claim can result in significant gains in learning. If you are interested to know more register for the Friday 13 February, Flipped Classroom workshop on the Staff Development site.