Direct upload of MCQ's, SI-net merge tool and Learn.UQ upgrade

13 Jun 2017
eLearning Update, eLearning Systems and Support
Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Testing available for the 2017 Learn.UQ upgrade - 10/11 July

The Blackboard upgrade is approaching and staff are now encouraged to login to the staging environment to assess any specific impact on their courses. Many staff will already have instructor access to a course in the staging environment.  Overall, the upgrade does not impose significant change for end-users, and minimal impact is expected.

If you would like to have a course created for you in the staging environment, please email the helpdesk with your name, course name and code, and a request to copy your course over to the staging environment. Once this has been arranged, you can experiment within your course in the test environment.

Upon successful completion of the upgrade, a list of new capabilities will be communicated.

Processing Grades - help

If you would like a personal tutorial on transferring marks to SI-net, uploading MCQ spreadsheets to Grade Centre or any other Learn.UQ grade processing activities, then email with "ELSS - Nomination" in the subject line.

For further information on the eLearning Solutions Service, visit the eLearning Solutions Service webpage.

Request your Semester 2 course

Order your Semester 2 course now! Complete the Course Request online form located under the Staff tab in Learn.UQ.

Visit the Course Request webpage for further information.

Change to course requests

In response to feedback from coordinators, there will be a change in the way Grade Centre is created for Semester 2 courses. Columns from the previous semester will no longer be copied. This approach will solve the issue of undeletable orphaned columns. While Tests and questions will be copied forward to the new courses, coordinators will need to recreate the required link and update the settings. Refer to the Deploy a test guide for step-by-step instructions. 

Staff can still request that Grade Centre columns be copied by adding this information to the Other Requirements field in the Course Request form.

Course Reading Lists

For your course reading lists to be processed in time for Semester 2, please submit them as soon as possible using one of the two options below:
1. Publish your ECP 
2. Email your course reading list to:

iThenticate - Text matching for research papers

The iThenticate text matching system for researchers is now available to all UQ staff. While iThenticate uses the same underlying technology and database as Turnitin, the functionality, user experience and reports are designed to meet the needs of researchers. iThenticate allows you to quickly upload, check and examine documents using a web-based interface. Researchers can share documents and collaborate in groups. iThenticate includes in-depth analytics to provide visibility of content submissions and levels of originality over time.

Refer to the Getting started with iThenticate guide for step-by-step instructions. 

eLearning policies and procedures

The ownership of the eLearning procedures has been transferred from the Director of ITS to the DVC(A).  A number of the procedures have been updated and will be moved from Information and Communication Technology (6).  They will now be located under Teaching and Learning (3).

We would love your feedback!

Did you engage with the eLearning Solutions Service this semester? The eLearning Systems and Support team assisted 71 academic staff across 167 consultations with the integration of eLearning tools into their courses. If you have not done so already, please complete the short 6 question feedback survey about your experience.

Share your expertise at Teaching and Learning Week 2017

Teaching and Learning Week is an opportunity for the UQ community to celebrate and share innovative and excellent teaching and learning practices that engage and inspire students. From Monday 30 October to Friday 3 November 2017, workshops and showcase events will explore and highlight teaching topics relevant to the goals of the Student Strategy. The Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI) is calling for Expressions of Interest for those interested in contributing to the program of events. If you would like to host your own workshop, participate in a showcase, or panel event please fill out this short survey. Applications close Friday 30 June.

eLearning Solutions Service - ELSS

The eLearning Solutions Service offers one-on-one consultations on the integration of eLearning into courses. At the start of each semester, staff can nominate to use this service to help implement a centrally supported eLearning tool. Support will be provided for the duration of the semester. To make a nomination please follow the steps on the eLearning Solutions Service website.

As part of the eLearning Solutions Service, you can:

  • receive one-on-one consultations tailoring eLearning solutions for your course;
  • receive ideas on how to deliver your course more effectively with technology;
  • save time, improve student engagement and give better feedback to your students;

Email with "ELSS - nomination" in the subject line. An eLearning advisor will make contact with you to arrange an initial consultation. All advisers have teaching qualifications. 

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 with details of the preferred date, time, room booking and approximate numbers.

Feature Videos

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 below for a step by step walkthrough of the SI-net merge process. Watch Video (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. The video steps you through how to upload paper based MCQ test results to Grade Centre using the provided results spreadsheet. Watch Video (8.12mins)