Blackboard Assignment Submission, Order your S2 course and Padlet licence

29 May 2018
eLearning Update, eLearning Systems and Support
Tuesday 29 May

Important Blackboard Assignment Submission Advice for Students

Due to issues with certain browsers, please advise students to use Chrome or Firefox when submitting Blackboard Assignments.

There are two main issues students need to be made aware of regarding Blackboard Assignments (Note these do not apply to Turnitin assignments).

  1. Do not use drag and drop to upload an assignment file when using Safari. This may produce the error "Failed to upload Assignment. Please try again."
  2. Do not upload an assignment file when using Edge (Microsoft browser) while the original file is open on their computer. This will result in a blank copy of the file being uploaded.

We strongly recommend course coordinators include a link to the Blackboard Assignment student instructions under the submission link. These issues have also been highlighted in Spotlight inside Blackboard.

Order your Semester 2 courses now

You can request your Learn.UQ course for Semester 2, 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.

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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.

Padlet Site Licence

The purchase of a Padlet Backpack site licence for UQ has been approved. Recent changes to the free version have reduced the functionality available and restricted its use as a teaching and learning tool. The new site licence will include the functionality available in the previous free version as well as additional features such as privacy setting options, branding, larger file uploads and Blackboard integration. A guide on how to access the new UQ Padlet Backpack will be made available in time for the start of Semester 2.

UQ ePortfolio system - Semester 1, 2019

The UQ ePortfolio system allows students to digitally showcase their work, helping them understand and communicate their employability. The system facilitates tracking student learning and development at course and program level, over time, as well as supporting collaborative, multimodal and reflective assessment practices.

The project team is currently engaging with program leads and course coordinators interested in using the ePortfolio system from the start of Semester 1, 2019 and Semester 2, 2019. To request a meeting to discuss potentials for your course or program, go to the UQ ePortfolio tool page, and choose Request to Meet. Requests for using UQ ePortfolio in Semester 1, 2019 close 20 July.

eLearning Tips

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 - TurnitinView and download your results - Blackboard assignments and Review your ePortfolio results 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-open 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 columnsWeighted Total columnsGrade SchemasView Grade History (view results of withdrawn students) and the SI-net merge tool. For additional information, refer to the Grade Centre tool page.

Check the history of mark changes

The Grade Centre logs a record of all changes made to marks during the semester. At the end of the semester, you can use the View Grades History tool to produce a report that shows all changes and comments, to confirm the validity and check for errors. For step-by-step instructions refer to guides on Grades securityEdit a mark and record a reason and View Grade History report.

Blackboard Upgrade

Blackboard will be upgraded over the weekend of 7 and 8 July and will be unavailable for the duration. There will be some new features including an update of the maths editor, and improvements in accessibility. The Blackboard (Learn.UQ) Upgrade project page has more information.

Corporate Training Platform

The new UQ Corporate Training platform expression of interest (EOI) closed on 10 May, and the working party is currently evaluating submissions. For a summary of the selection approach please review the Corporate Training platform project page. Respondents demonstrated their products to the selection working party, and a recommendation is expected to be made in the coming weeks.


eLearning Workshops

The eLearning team are offering a range of practical workshops on eLearning tools during 2018.  For a description of each workshop, dates and to register, visit the Staff Development / Teaching and Learning Technologies site. Upcoming workshops include:

ITaLI Workshops

Propel your teaching with professional development workshops

Designing Assessment

Attend this course to explore fundamental concepts influencing assessment practice, understand how to collaboratively design and develop quality assessment tasks through engagement with colleagues and students, and learn how to adopt practices that detect and deter academic dishonesty. To register for the workshop on 5 June, please visit the Staff Development website.

Setting Up for a Successful Semester

This course provides tips and tricks for how to best use Electronic Course Profiles (ECP) and the Learn.UQ site to minimise time spent on administration, as well as examples of implementing a communication strategy and managing student expectations. To register for the workshop on 18 June, please visit the Staff Development website.

Active Learning Symposium

The HASS Faculty Active Learning Pathways project (ALPP)’s Active Learning Symposium is where you can hear from about 15 active learning initiatives developed and implemented by academics from all Schools across the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. To register for the 6 July symposium, please visit the Active Learning Pathways webpage.

Upcoming ITaLI Masterclass

A new UQ framework for mentorship and enhanced learning outcomes

Learn how the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences (HMNS) has developed and successfully implemented a scalable framework (utilising a Students as Partners model) to develop authentic learning experiences and facilitate student engagement across all year levels. To register for the 9 August masterclass please visit the Teaching Masterclass webpage.

ITaLI's Teaching Masterclass Series provides space for inspirational and successful teachers to share effective approaches and best practices for teaching. Learn tangible, practical skills to add to your existing expertise and ensure excellence in your teaching for the 21st century student. For further information about ITaLI’s Masterclass Series, or to express your interest in presenting a Masterclass, please visit the ITaLI-Teaching Masterclasses webpage.

ITaLI On-Demand Workshops

ITaLI now offers customised workshops from the Teaching and Learning Workshop Series to schools and faculties on request. If you have a group of six participants (minimum) you’re invited to put a request through your Head of School, Associate Dean (Academic), School T&L Chair or Program Director to secure an in-house workshop at a negotiated time and location.

Courses available on request include:

  • Managing Work Integrated Learning (WIL) activities
  • Managing and Evaluating Teaching and Learning Projects
  • The Flipped Classroom
  • Social Media for Teaching and Learning
  • Assessment using Multiple Choice Questions
  • Enhancing Teaching with Learning Analytics

Request Support

To receive a quick response to your eLearning technical problem, log a job with the UQ Staff eLearning Helpdesk using Alternatively, you may use the Request Support button available inside Learn.UQ.

To enable a timely response please be sure to include as much information as possible with your request.