Staff working on student accounts and UQ Active Learning tools

29 Mar 2017
eLearning Update, eLearning Systems and Support
Wednesday 29 March 2017

Staff working on student accounts

Current students and Alumni who are teaching/tutoring in your course must be enrolled using their staff username. Staff enrolled in your course using a student account will receive two warning notifications and after 14 days, they will receive a final notification advising their access has been disabled. Refer to the Enrol teaching and administration staff guide for step-by-step instructions.

Active learning with UQpoll, UQwordcloud and UQwordstream

UQ Active Learn is a suite comprising of three applications: UQpoll, UQwordcloud and UQwordstream. These tools can be used to engage students and promote deeper understanding in lectures and tutorials. They allow teaching staff to collect and immediately display student responses to questions. These tools can also be used to check students' understanding of lecture content, identify student misconceptions and facilitate discussions.

Students are able to respond with their student login and a web enabled device (PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android device or other smart phones). All UQ staff are automatically allocated an Active Learn ID and can access these applications using their UQ staff username and password.

For additional information, refer to the In-class active learning tool webpage. If you would like a personal tutorial on using Active learning tools email with "ELSS - Nomination" in the subject line.

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

Responseware update

Due to a change in the licencing agreement and a software update, staff planning to use TurningPoint ResponseWare with student mobile devices in 2017 will need to:

  1. Update their software to TurningPoint Cloud 7
    (do not update to TP8). 
  2. Create a new Turning Technologies account. 
  3. Log a job with to have your account added to the UQ licence.
  4. When using the software ensure you select the region South Asia if prompted.
  5. Inform students of the new web address for their responses: 

Refer to the Updating to TurningPoint Cloud (TP7) guide for step-by-step instructions. 

Interpreting Turnitin Similarity Reports

Did you miss the Turnitin webinar on How to Interpret a Turnitin Similarity Report? If so, you can watch the webinar now by visiting the Turnitin website.

Open Course Scheme

Be inspired. Visit a class in the Open Course Scheme to see your colleagues in action and witness some of the great teaching that happens within UQ. A selection of courses have been opened for you to observe. Book a visit to see what others do well or pick up new ideas. Observe different strategies and re-discover old favourites as you reflect on your own teaching methodology. For further information refer to the Open Course Scheme webpage or contact Peter Rutherford.

Turnitin - Roster sync

Turnitin assignments only contain the students who were in your course when the assignment was created. If more students have enrolled since you created your assignment, you will need to update the class list so those students can submit their assignments. The Roster Sync function allows you to update your class list.  Refer to the Roster Sync guide for step-by-step instructions.  

Online marking workshop for Tutors 

The eLearning Systems and Support team provide online marking workshops (Turnitin and Blackboard assignments) for tutors on request from course coordinators. Laptops are provided for the session and course coordinators only need to book a meeting room. Contact with details of the preferred date, time, room booking and approximate numbers. 

Online lectures for public holidays

Producing an online eLearning module using Office Mix is a great way to replace a lecture missed due to a public holiday. This software allows you to easily add narration, webcam video, multimedia and formative quizzes to your lecture PowerPoint and embed the published module into your course.

For additional information refer to the Desktop recording tool page. 

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.

Learn.UQ upgrade

The next Blackboard upgrade will be on Monday 10 July and Tuesday 11 July, during the Inter-Semester Recess - the week before Mid-Year Orientation Week. Please make a note of these dates in your calendar. This week presents the lowest impact on live teaching activity.

Feature Videos

UQPoll Quick Start Guide

UQpoll is a UQ active learning tool that automatically collates student responses to a multiple choice question with five answer options (A to E). The results are displayed as a graph. Watch this UQpoll Quick Start Guide to help you get started.  

Individual assistance is also available for UQ staff through the eLearning Solutions Service.

Useful Links

eLearning Custom Workshops

Custom workshops on centrally supported eLearning tools are available on request for faculties / schools / courses.

To organise a workshop for your teaching staff, tutors or professional staff email

eLearning Solutions Service

Personal support is available for implementing centrally supported eLearning tools.

To access the service email with "ELSS - Nomination" in the subject line.

A-Z Guides eLearning Tools

A list of all centrally supported eLearning tools with associated guides are available to view and download.

Access the list of A-Z guides by clicking on this link: eLearning A-Z Guides

Flipped Classroom

If you are considering implementing the flipped classroom model at UQ, visit the Flipped Classroom website.

Video for Teaching and Learning

Helpful video production resources and advice are available on the Video for Teaching and Learning website.