New Active Learning Tool Workshop & UQ ePortfolio System - Semester 1, 2020

12 Jun 2019
eLearning Update
Wednesday 12 June

New Active Learning Tool Workshop

The Echo360 Active Learning Platform (ALP) workshop will introduce participants to the active learning tool built into UQ’s lecture recording system. The tool allows instructors to upload PowerPoints to the system and add interactive questions that students can respond to during lectures or seminars. To register for the upcoming Echo360 ALP workshops, visit the Staff Development website. 

UQ ePortfolio System - Semester 1, 2020

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.

We are currently engaging with program leads and course coordinators interested in using the ePortfolio system for the first time from the start of Semester 1, 2020. To request a meeting to discuss the potential of implementing the ePortfolio system in your course or program, go to the UQ ePortfolio tool page and submit a "Request to Meet" by 19 July, 2019.

Active Learning Platform (ALP) - Adopter Support

Adopter support is now available for teaching staff interested in implementing the new active learning functionality now available in Echo360, UQ's lecture recording system in Semester 2. The Active Learning Platform (ALP) provides a range of functionality to facilitate class engagement and participation. For example, you can add polls and open-ended questions to lecture slides uploaded to the system, which students can respond to in real-time during a lecture using their own smart devices. For more information, please refer to the Echo360 ALP Deployment project page. 

All adopters will be provided with technical and implementation support from an eLearning Advisor. If you are interested in volunteering for the Active Learning Platform (ALP) pilot, please email

Learning Analytics Dashboard Pilot - Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to pilot training resources and support services for Course Insights (previously called 'Teacher Insights'). Course Insights is a course-level academic facing learning analytics dashboard that provides information on student cohort demographics, online engagement and assessment results. The ITaLI Learning Analytics team is planning to deploy this tool to all courses in 2020. If you would like to participate in the Semester 2, 2019 pilot, please email

Watch the video case study to see how Associate Professor Blake McKimmie uses Course Insights to determine how particular cohorts of students are performing across each assessment task (YouTube, 1m 38s).

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More video case studies

Approaching the second half of a year-long course?

If you are approaching the second half of a year-long course, you may have to submit a new course site request and ask for a merge to avoid your lecture recordings automatically being moved into a new Learn.UQ course site. For step-by-step instructions, refer to the Order SI-net Courses and edX (Edge) Courses guide. 

Order your Semester 2 courses now

You can request your Learn.UQ course for Semester 2, 2019 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.

eLearning Tips

ePortfolio - Results Analytics Report

​The Results Analytics section within ePortfolio allows you to generate and export a range of reports. This video explains one type of report, where you can view how each of your students has performed against each of the criterion for a chosen assessment instrument (YouTube 2m 3s).

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    Top 5 Finalising grades tips

    Tip 1: Check column settings - Points possible

    In Grade Centre, check the Points Possible setting for each assessment column is set to the item total (i.e. not zero). For step-by-step instructions, refer to the guide Create Grade column.

    Tip 2: Total and Weighted total columns

    Calculated columns in Grade Centre can be used to calculate finalised results without the need of a spreadsheet. Ensure that you select No for the Calculate as Running Total setting, so cells without marks (i.e. no submission) are included in the calculation with the value of zero. For step-by-step instructions, refer to the Total Column and Weighted Column guides.

    Tip 3: Check the history of mark changes

    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 the Grade History Report guide.

    Tip 4: Grade Schema

    In Grade Centre, a Grade Schema can be set up to automatically allocate 1-7 grades based on percentage boundaries. For step-by-step instructions, refer to the Create a Grade Schema (1-7 grades) guide.

    Grade Centre - Grade Schema 1-7

    Tip 5: SI-net merge tool

    Use the 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 Upload Grades to SI-net guide.

    Grade Centre - SI-net merge tool

    Grades Security

    Record Exam Results in Grade Centre

    You can improve the management and security of your exam results by eliminating or limiting the use of spreadsheets. Using Grade Centre offers the additional benefit of built-in security with the logging and monitoring of data. The enhanced security has been an important part of investigations and resolving mistakes. Tips for efficiently recording your Exam results in Grade Centre include:

    • Create Manual entry columns to record the results of each exam section.
    • Ensure results are not made available to students by changing the Grade Centre column settings - Hide from Students on/off.
    • Improve the ease of entering results by hiding all unnecessary columns in Manage > Column Organisation. Columns can be redisplayed once you have finished entering results. For more information, refer to the Show, Hide and Change Column order guide. 
    • Total exam results can be calculated using a Total or Weighted column to add exam section results.
    • Non-standard calculations can be performed using the spreadsheet download and upload capability.

    Reminder: The SI-net merge tool can be used to download Grade Centre marks to a spreadsheet in the correct format for upload to SI-net. 

     For additional information, refer to the Grade Centre tool page. 


    ITaLI eLearning Workshops

    The eLearning team are offering a range of professional development workshops to support staff in implementing Technology Enhanced Learning during 2019. For a description of each face-to-face workshop, dates and to register, visit the Staff Development / Teaching and Learning Technologies site. 

    Online workshops include:

    Upcoming face-to-face workshops include:

    Custom eLearning Workshops

    Custom workshops on centrally supported eLearning tools are available on request for faculties and schools. Email with the subject line Custom Workshop to schedule one of our teaching and learning workshops at a convenient time.

    ITaLI Teaching and Learning Workshops

    eLearning Solutions Service

    The eLearning Solutions Service offers one-on-one consultations to course teaching staff on the integration of eLearning tools into their courses. The service currently supports a range of eLearning tools, all of which can be found on the eLearning Solutions Service webpage. All eLearning Educational Advisors have either a BEd or GradDipEd. Staff can nominate for the eLearning Solutions Service by booking via the appointments webpage to organise an individual consultation at your office.

    Request Support

    To receive a quick response to your eLearning support request, log a job with eLearning Support 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.