Support resources for students, setting up project groups and Grade Centre

2 Aug 2016
eLearning Update, eLearning Systems and Support
Wednesday 02 August 2016

Making your course available to students

Remember to make your course available to students as soon as it is ready. This is the responsibility of the course coordinator and can be done by following the steps below.

Control Panel > Customisation > Properties > Set Availability and select the Yes radio button.  Refer to the Course availability guide for step-by-step instructions.

Learn.UQ (Blackboard) upgrade - complete!

UQ.Learn (Blackboard) was upgraded during the inter-semester recess. The success of the upgrade was a result of months of planning and testing by a team of systems administrators, database administrators, trainers, support staff, and project staff. For further information refer to the Blackboard 9.1 webpage.

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 to refer them to 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.

Availability of ECP to students

Did you know that the procedure for publishing course profiles was updated in June? Profiles need to be available to students no later than one (1) week prior to the first scheduled learning activity for the course.

Setting up project / assessment groups

The Groups tool can be used to facilitate the organisation of students into project / assessment groups. The most popular of the Group tools is the Self Enrol – Group set. The Self Enrol – Group set allows the instructor to create a signup sheet for the students to allocate themselves to a group. Refer to the Groups guide for step-by-step instructions. Watch Video (6:09)

View your Grade Centre by tutorial group

Smart views in your Grade Centre can speed up the entry of marks or checking on student submissions.  You can setup your Smart Views based on SI-net tutorial or SI-net practical groups.  You may find that your previous course offering Smart Views are still visible and need to be deleted.  Refer to the Smart views for SI-net Tutorial / Practical groups and Delete a Smart View guides for step-by-step instructions. Watch Video (2:46)

Observe UQ's best teachers

The Open Course Scheme showcases some of the excellent teaching that takes place every day in the classrooms around UQ. Visit an open classroom to observe a colleague teach; it’s a wonderful opportunity to pick up new ideas, see different strategies, rediscover old favourites, reflect on your own teaching, and be inspired. For further information or to book an observation refer to the Open Course Scheme webpage.

eLearning Solutions Service

Course Coordinators, would you like:

  • a one-on-one consultation tailoring eLearning solutions for your course?
  • ideas on how to deliver your course more effectively with technology?
  • to save time, improve student engagement, or give better feedback?

         ...then consider the eLearning Solutions Service

The eLearning Solutions Service is designed to help staff implement the UQ eLearning tools that most successfully solve common teaching and learning problems.  The solutions are based on success stories from UQ academics, who reported significant time savings, improved student engagement, and improved SECATS.

For further information refer to the eLearning Solutions Service webpage.