New Year eLearning Resolutions and eLearning Workshops

2 Jan 2020
eLearning Update
Thursday 2 January

New Year eLearning resolutions

In this update we have ideas on how you can use our services to achieve UQ strategic goals. The University is aspiring to "configure our pedagogies, assessment and learning spaces to encourage active and collaborative learning", and to achieve "greater consistency in, and engagement with capabilities of, learning management systems" (UQ Strategic Plan 2018-2021).

1. Learning Analytics

Use data to analyse student learning  "requiring greater consistency in, and engagement with the capabilities of, learning management systems"

Explore Course Insights, UQ's new course-level learning analytics dashboard that will be available for all courses in Semester 1. Use data to analyse student cohorts, inform your choice of teaching strategies and plan learning interventions. Watch the Course Insights Quick Start Guide video (YouTube, 5m 5s).

You can also register for the 30 January Course Insights (Learning Analytics) workshop to investigate the potential of this new tool.

2. Active Learning tools

Incorporate the use of active learning tools in lectures and tutorials: "active learning"

The first option is to use Echo360 ALP to pose questions in a lecture or seminar. Another is to try UQwordcloud for an interactive brainstorming activity in a tutorial. Also consider using UQwordstream or PadletUQ to engage students in collaborative activities. For your convenience, ITaLI has documented a range of active learning activities to stimulate your imagination.  

You may also register for the 31 January Echo360 Active Learning Platform workshop to learn how to use interactive technologies in large and small classes.

3. Student Academic Integrity

Strengthen academic integrity: UQ is committed to upholding academic integrity as a core value.​

Talk to your students about the importance of academic integrity for them now and in the future. For additional information, refer to the ITaLI Academic Integrity guide.

Desktop Recording Options

There are four desktop recording options available to staff: Kaltura Capture, Zoom, PowerPoint and Universal Capture. For more information, refer to the Desktop Recording Options Comparison guide and the Decommission of Echo360 Personal Capture project page. 

2020 eLearning workshops

eLearning workshops for 2020 have been published and a description of each workshop, dates and registration is available on the Staff Development / Teaching and Learning Technologies website. 

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.

Order your Semester 1 course sites now

You can request your Learn.UQ (Blackboard) course sites for Semester 1, 2020 now!

1. Use the online Course/Organistaion 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.

Order course


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 in the previous step.

For step-by-step instructions, refer to the guide on Course Requests.

UQ ePortfolio system - Semester 2, 2020

The UQ ePortfolio system allows students to digitally showcase their work and skills, helping them understand and communicate their employability. The system facilitates tracking student learning and development at a 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 2, 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 21 February, 2020.

eLearning Tips

Course Insights - Quick start guide

Watch the quick start guide to learn about the UQ learning analytics tool, Course Insights. If you would like a personal tutorial on Course Insights, please visit the eLearning Solutions Service appointments page to book a session with an eLearning Advisor. For more information, refer to the Course Insights tool page.

course insights quick start guide

Grades Security

Are you making the most of Grade Centre?

You can improve the management and security of your grades by eliminating or limiting the use of spreadsheets. Grade Centre can efficiently record assessment results throughout the semester and be used to calculate final grades. Using Grade Centre offers the additional benefit of built-in security with the logging and monitoring of data. This enhanced security has been an important part of investigations and resolving mistakes. Grade Centre functionality includes:

  • Results are automatically transferred from Turnitin, Blackboard assignments, Tests, ePortfolio, Kaltura Video Quizzes and Discussion Boards.
  • Manual entry columns and rubrics allow coordinators to record results from hard copy assessment tasks, exams and oral presentations.
  • MCQ exam results can be uploaded from the output of machine-marked papers.
  • Non-standard calculations can be performed using the spreadsheet download and upload capability.
  • Final grades can be calculated using Total and Weighted columns.
  • Grading Schemas can be used to determine the allocation of grades 1 - 7.
  • Migration of final grades to SI-net in the correct format can be performed using the SI-net merge tool (downloads Grade Centre marks to a spreadsheet in the correct format for SI-net upload) or the Upload Grades to SI-net function (directly uploads final marks to SI-net from Grade Centre).
  • Results are automatically returned to students via the My Grades tool. 

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


eLearning workshops

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

Online workshops include:

Upcoming face-to-face workshops include:

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 eLearning support

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