Finalising grade tips and Lecture Recording Enhancement 2017

7 Nov 2017
eLearning Update, eLearning Systems and Support
Tuesday 07 November 2017

Lecture Recording Enhancement 2017

Transition to a new version of the Lecture recording service (Echo360) will take place between the end of Semester 2 exams and the start of Summer Semester this year. 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 personal contextual notes for students within the presentation. 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.

eLearning Solutions Service - Unavailable

Due to resource constraints, the eLearning Solutions Service is currently not available. This service offers one-on-one consultations on the integration of eLearning into courses. We hope to offer this service again in 2018.

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

Top 5 Finalising grades tips

Tip 1: Check column settings - Points possible

In Grade Centre check the Points Possible setting for each assessment column is set to the item total i.e. NOT zero.  For step-by-step instructions refer to the guide on Create Grade column.

Tip 2: Total and Weighted total columns

Calculated columns in Grade Centre can be used to calculate finalise results without the need to use a spreadsheet. Ensure that you select No for the Calculate as Running Total setting, so cells without marks (i.e. no submission) are included in the calculation with the value of zero. For step-by-step instructions refer to the guides on Total Column and Weighted Column.

Tip 3: Check history of mark changes

The Grade Centre logs a record of all changes made to marks during the semester. At the end of semester, you can use the View Grades History tool to produce a report that shows all changes and comments, to confirm validity and check for errors. For step-by-step instructions refer to the guide on View Grade History report

Tip 4: Grade Schema

In Grade Centre, a Grade Schema can be set up to automatically allocated 1-7 grades based on percentage boundaries. For step-by-step instructions refer to the guide Create a Grade Schema (1-7 grades).

Tip 5: SI-net Merge tool

Use the SI-net merge tool which allows you to download Grade Centre marks to a spreadsheet in the correct format for upload to SI-net. For step-by-step instructions refer to the guide on Upload grades to SI-net.

Learn.UQ Community courses renamed

For your course reading lists to be processed in time for Semester 1 2018, please submit them as soon as possible using one of the two options below:
1. Submit your ECP 
2. Email your course reading list to:

Video Case Study

Blackboard Community courses have been renamed Organisational courses. The change is so we are following the standard Blackboard naming conventions, which will be required in future upgrades. Please consider whether this might impact instructions provided on how to access communities or professional development courses.

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

Feature Videos

Finalise results

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

Grade Schema 1-7

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