Top 7 tips for End of Semester

7 Jun 2016
eLearning Update, eLearning Systems and Support
Wednesday 07 June 2016

Top 7 tips for the end of Semester

Tip 1: Direct upload of MCQ's

Directly upload MCQ test results to the Grade Centre. For step-by-step instructions refer to the guide on MCQ direct upload to Grade Centre.

Tip 2: MCQ marking request

If you are planning to use direct upload, and you weigh marks differently in your test, complete the "special instructions" section (#5) within the Multiple Choice Marking Request form.

Tip 3: Control the release of marks

During marking or moderation you may not be ready for students to see their results. To control the release of results from Turnitin, Blackboard Assignments and Tests you need to carefully set both the individual tool settings and the Grade Centre column settings (Hide from Students on/off). For step-by-step instructions refer to the guides on TurnitinBlackboard assignments and Tests.

Tip 4: Advise students how to access their marks

There are detailed guides available for students on how to view their marks. Please refer students to the View originality report and marks - Turnitin and View and download your results - Blackboard assignments guides for step-by-step instructions.

Tip 5: Turnitin

If you are using Turnitin (not the iPad app) remember it times-out after one hour of inactivity. If you are marking in Turnitin remember to return to the Assignment Inbox regularly to save your progress. If your connection times-out, you will need to re-start Turnitin via your Learn.UQ course.

Tip 6: SI-net merge tool

Coordinators are reminded that there is a 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.

Tip 7: Processing Grades resources

The Grade Centre includes a number of features to help you efficiently finalise your course grades. These features include Total columns, Weighted Total columns, Grade Schemas, View Grade History (view results of withdrawn students) and the SI-net merge tool. For additional information, refer to the Grade Centre tool page.

Office Mix workshop

Are you interested in pursuing desktop recording? If so, our upcoming workshop on the new desktop recording program Office Mix is for you. Office Mix is eLearning authoring software that allows staff to produce mini online lectures that include narration, webcam video, media, screen recordings and formative quizzes. To register for the workshop on 22 June, please visit the Staff Development website. Please note Office Mix is a Microsoft product and is not available on Mac unless you are running windows.

Testing available for the 2016 Learn.UQ upgrade - 11/12 July

The Blackboard upgrade is approaching and staff are now encouraged to login to the test environment to assess any specific impact on their courses. Many staff will already have instructor access to a course in the test environment.  Overall the upgrade does not impose significant change for end-users, and minimal impact is expected.

If you do not have any courses to access in the testing environment, please email the helpdesk with your name, course name and code, and a request to copy your course over to the testing environment. Once this has been arranged, you can experiment within your course in the test environment.

Applications open for 2016 Teaching Innovation Grants

Would you like to be funded up to $200,000 for your student experience initiative? The Teaching Innovation Grants (TIG) scheme supports staff to investigate, develop and/or implement initiatives in teaching and learning that enhance the student experience. TIG projects should be aligned to UQ’s institutional priorities, identified during the UQ Student Strategy consultation and general higher education priorities. Application guidelines are available on the TIG website. Applications close Friday 15 July.

Digital recording studio

A new self-serve digital recording studio is now available in Duhig Tower Building (#2), room D402. The studio includes a suite of lecture recording equipment and applications including: Echo360 PCAP, iSpring and Kaltura. You can use the studio to pre-record lectures, presentations, tutorials and demonstrations for your classes.  
For information on how to use the room and make a booking refer to the Digital recording studio webpage. You may also nominate for the eLearning Solutions Service to receive personal instruction on how to use the digital recording studio.