In-class active learning tools, Padlet app and eLearning workshops

8 Dec 2015
eLearning Update, eLearning Systems and Support
08 December 2015

Engaging students with in-class active learning tools

Dr Vincent O'Rourke discusses how he used Padlet, UQPoll and Wordcloud to pose questions in class to assess students' comprehension and guide future teaching needs. Vincent shares his view on the benefits of using these in-class active learning tools. Watch video (2:28)

For more information on UQ Active Learn suite refer to the In-class active learning tools guide. 

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

Padlet now has an app client

Coordinators can now use Padlet from an iPad or iPhone using an app from the App Store. Padlet is an effective in-class active learning tool that can be used to engage students and promote deeper understanding in lectures and tutorials. The tool allows teaching staff to ask open questions, gain immediate feedback from students and adjust their lectures/tutorials accordingly. Questions can be posed to check students' understanding of lecture content, identify student misconceptions and facilitate discussions. Using Padlets, students can contribute to the virtual wall in a number of ways including adding text, uploading images, documents such as Word and PDF and embedding You-Tube videos.

Now with the Padlet app, instructors will be able to create a Padlet wall on their smart device (iPad).

For further information refer to the Using the Padlet app on a smart device (iPad) guide.  Nominate for the eLearning Solutions Service to receive individual help to implement Padlet. 

Learn.UQ Basics workshop

This course is an introduction to Learn.UQ, UQ's eLearning management system, and will familiarise participants with the commonly-used functions. Participants will learn how to add course materials, upload videos, manage course files, add announcements, manage users and use discussion boards. Register for the 9 December workshop on the Staff Development site.

Turnitin workshop

In this course, participants will be guided through the process of creating a Turnitin assignment, the student assignment submission process and setting up rubrics. Marking assignments online using the GradeMark tool on a computer and offline using the iPad GradeMark app will also be covered. Register for the 9 December workshop on the Staff Development site.

Learn.UQ: Quizzes, Tests and Exams workshop

This course will cover how to create, deploy and manage online self-marking quizzes, tests and exams. Participants will learn how to setup a variety of question types including multiple choice, multiple answer, true/false, matching, fill in the blank and calculated formula questions. Register for the 15 December workshop on the Staff Development site.

eLearning Solutions Service 

Course Coordinators, would you like:

  • a one-on-one consultation tailoring eLearning solutions for your course?
  • ideas on how to deliver your course more effectively with technology?
  • to save time, improve student engagement, or give better feedback?

         ...then consider the eLearning Solutions Service

The eLearning Solutions Service is designed to help staff implement the UQ eLearning tools that most successfully solve common teaching and learning problems.  The solutions are based on success stories from UQ academics, who reported significant time savings, improved student engagement, and improved SECATS.

For further information refer to the eLearning Solutions Service webpage.

Proposed Learn.UQ upgrade date 2016

Monday 11 July and Tuesday 12 July are the proposed Blackboard upgrade dates for 2016, offering the lowest impact on teaching activity as they are during a university vacation week - the week before Semester 2 orientation begins.