Start 2017 eLearning workshops, services and Turnitin outage

3 Jan 2017
eLearning Update, eLearning Systems and Support
Tuesday 03 January 2017

New Year eLearning Resolutions

Below are some examples of how a course coordinator could start to achieve some of the courses design elements mentioned in the new student strategy, using central eLearning tools. If you would like personal support to implement one of these examples, please contact our eLearning Solutions Service or alternatively register to attend one of the workshops listed on the Staff Development / Teaching and Learning Technologies website.

Authentic assessment: Challenging students to demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to negotiate real-life settings.

Incorporate real-life contextualised scenario based questions when setting up formative and/or summative online quizzes to assess student understanding of course material.

Extended online and on-campus active learning: Offering an engaging mix of quality online learning and high value learning sessions on campus.

Pre-produce some learning content for consumption online so that in-class time can be used for more engaging learning activities. For example use Kaltura or Office Mix to create video content with embedded quiz questions.

Incorporate active learning tools in classes to promote student engagement. For example, use UQpoll to pose questions during your sessions or UQwordcloud for a brainstorming activity. UQwordstream and Padlet can be used to engage students as part of collaboration activities or where longer responses are required.

Teaching innovation support: Supporting the delivery of engaging and innovative classes.

Access the ITaLI TeachAssist program and/or the eLearning Solutions Service to enhance the delivery of your course.

Turnitin Service Outage

Turnitin will be unavailable due to maintenance this Sunday 8 January from 1:00am until 9:00am. No submissions or grading will be possible during this period.

Learn.UQ upgrade date 2017

The outage window for the 2017 Learn.UQ (Blackboard) upgrade has been approved by the DVC(A) for Monday and Tuesday 10 and 11 July. This will occur in a university vacation week - the week before semester 2 orientation begins. This upgrade requires a 48 hour outage. For further information please contact Elizabeth Wardrop.

eLearning Solutions Service - ELSS

The eLearning Solutions Service is available to all UQ teaching staff that would like to receive a series of one-to-one consultations and assistance for the integration of eLearning into their courses. At the start of each semester, UQ staff can make a nomination to utilise this service for implementing one of the centrally supported eLearning tools for the duration of that semester. To make a nomination please follow the steps as outlined 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
  • get 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.

Online exams in the Faculty of Medicine

Throughout 2016, the medical program has been undertaking a proof-of-concept pilot of online exams (e-exams), co-funded by the Technology-Enhanced Learning Sub-committee (TELSC) and the Faculty of Medicine. This pilot was designed to test the concept and viability of invigilated, on campus, bring-your-own-device (BYOD) based e-exams.

The Faculty of Medicine partnered with ITaLI, ITS, and UQ Examinations for governance and practical support where required.  Participants undertook one formative exam before sitting both the mid-semester and end-of semester exams on the e-exam platform. For more information on the pilot including contacts, refer to the eExam pilot in the Faculty of Medicine website.

Video Assignment Recommendations

Video assignments are growing in popularity as an assessment task. If you would like personal support for implementing a video assignment in your course please contact the eLearning Solutions Service or alternatively make use of the Video assignment recommendations guide.

Order your Semester 1 course

You can request your Learn.UQ course for Semester 1 2017 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.

Refer to the Course Request guide for step-by-step instructions.

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.

Get familiar with your Learn.UQ course site

Course coordinators are encouraged to register for the Learn.UQ Basics workshop on Tuesday 17 January to get familiar with Learn.UQ course sites. In this workshop participants will learn about UQ's eLearning systems including how to add course materials, upload videos, manage course files, add announcements, manage users and use discussion boards.

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.


Feature Videos

Video case study

The eLearning Systems and Support team can help course coordinators get started using in class active learning tools.
Dr Vincent O'Rouke describes how he used UQwordcloud, UQpoll and Padlet in his lectures to assess student comprehension and guide future teaching needs as part of in class feedback and review activities. Watch Video (2:28)

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.