Online marking, iThenticate and Student resources

22 Aug 2017
eLearning Update, eLearning Systems and Support
Tuesday 22 August 2017

Turnitin assignments

At UQ Turnitin is the most popular choice for individual text-based assignments (e.g. Word, PDF and PowerPoint). Turnitin has an online marking and feedback capability which includes a text matching function to help coordinators gauge originality. The text matching report compares submissions with web content, previously submitted assignments and journals. Refer to the Turnitin guides for step-by-step instructions. 

Professor Pauline Ford discusses her first experience with Turnitin assignments. Watch Video (2:56)

Blackboard group assignments 

Using the Groups and Blackboard Assignment tool in combination allows you to set up group project submission links. Any student in the group can submit the assignment and all members automatically receive the assignment results and feedback. The Blackboard online marking function allows you to annotate assignments and provide feedback using a rubric. Refer to the Groups and Assignment tool guides for step-by-step instructions. 

Dr Bryan Morgan shares his views on the benefits of using the Blackboard assignment tool to mark group assignments. Watch Video (2:28)

Video assignments

Kaltura, UQ's eLearning video server can be used by students to submit video assignments. You can also set up submission links using the Blackboard Assignment tool which allows you to use the online marking function to give comments and feedback using a rubric. Refer to the Video and Audio upload and Assignment tool guides for step-by-step instructions. 

Dr David MacDonald shares his views on using video assignments to allow students to demonstrate their interview and communication skills. Watch Video (4:28)

Support resources for students

Many students experience a wide range of issues which cause stress and can impact negatively upon their learning or quality of life. As UQ teaching staff it is important that you are aware of the services available to students and refer them for expert help and support.

The following key services are available to students to assist them with study related or personal issues:

  • UQ Student Services provides services such as counselling, disability, faith, accommodation and help with studying, assignment and exams.
  • Student Union SHOC site provides services to assist students with education and equity issues, employment, gender & sexuality, legal, migration and welfare.
  • UQ Library provides information and services such as computer access, research skills, software training and 24/7 study spaces.
  • If you believe a student is in need of counselling support you may need to encourage them to seek help from Student Services Counselling or you can contact Student Services directly for further advice.

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.

Group Peer Assessment tool

The Learn.UQ Group Peer Assessment tool can be used to allow students to evaluate individual contributions of group members to a group project. This tool could be used formatively to identify dysfunctional groups early in a project and put in place appropriate support strategies.

The tool allows you to set evaluation criteria using Likert questions and also optionally require students to justify their evaluation with a comment. The tool includes features to collect student responses, collated responses, calculate average scores, email non-submitters, facilitate moderation of results and return results to the Grade Centre. If you are interest in implementing this tool in Semester 2, email

Video conferencing with Zoom

Zoom is a multi-format video conferencing and online meeting solution available to UQ staff and students. Once you have Zoom installed on your device, you will be able to host, join, and schedule Zoom meetings, share your presentation content, and chat message with other Zoom users around the world. Zoom's simple interface and cross-platform compatibility makes it an ideal personal video conferencing solution. For additional information, refer to the Zoom video conferencing user guide.

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. 

Staff using student accounts

If you have students teaching or tutoring in your course, you need to enrol them using their staff usernames (you may have to ask them to apply for an account). Tutors enrolled in your course using a student account will receive three notifications and after 14 days, their access to the course will be disabled. External (nk_) accounts are not an acceptable alternative for UQ staff.

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

Student Turnitin instructions - Submit your Turnitin assignment

This instructional video takes students through the process of submitting their Turnitin assignment. Include this link in your assignment instructions. 

View your Grade centre by tutorial group

Setting up Smart Views of your Si-net tutorial or SI-net practical groups allow you to easily filter your Grade Centre to speed up the entry of marks or checking of student submissions. Watch video (3:16)