Getting started - Semester 2, 2020

27 Jul 2020

eLearning systems and tools

Make your course sites and ECPs available to students this week

Learn.UQ (Blackboard) course sites and Electronic Course Profiles (ECPs) need to be available to students at least one week before the first teaching activity. Learn.UQ course sites also need to contain at least a welcome message. Remaining online course requirements should be met by the first teaching activity. For more information, please refer to the UQ policies on course profiles and minimum course presence.

It is the course coordinator’s responsibility to make their course(s) available to students. To make a course site available, go to Course Menu > Learning Resources and click on the red lock icon on the top right. A grey unlocked icon will be displayed signalling the course is available to students. For step-by-step instructions, refer to the Make a course available guide. 

Getting started with Learn.UQ 

The Getting started with Learn.UQ guide provides new staff with information about eLearning tools, support ordering and adding content to their course(s). It is recommended that new staff attend a Learn.UQ Basics workshop in-person, or complete the online workshop

Lecture recording changes for Semester 2

Please note that lectures are no longer being automatically recorded to allow for flexible delivery in Semester 2. Options for lectures to be recorded are available using either Echo360 or Zoom. If you are teaching in an Echo360-enabled venue, you may request it be recorded by contacting or initiating an ad-hoc recording using the touch panel. Staff can use Zoom to record, or pre-record, a class by configuring Zoom to record to cloud and publish directly to a Blackboard course for students to access.

Exam Viewing

New guides have been create to assist staff deliverying exam viewing sessions for Blackboard Test and Document Upload exams.

New Blackboard assignment marking tool

Use the new Blackboard Annotate tool to create specific commentary and annotations within the body of longer submissions. For step-by-step instructions, refer to the Comments, Highlighting and Drawing guide. 

eLearning Solutions Service

Book an individual consultation with one of our experienced eLearning Advisors for personalised advice on integrating a range of eLearning tools into your courses.

Course site design self-assessment tool

This short online self-assessment tool gives you customised suggestions to improve your Learn.UQ (Blackboard) course site design and guidance on how to implement them. These changes will help your students find resources on Learn.UQ.  

Course site design exemplar

Access the Course site design exemplar to see an example of how to structure your course in preparation for the semester.

Course Insights - How well do you know your cohort?

Course Insights, UQ's own course-level learning analytics dashboard, is available to all Course Coordinators via Learn.UQ. The Enrolment section provides demographic information to inform teaching strategies. 

Online teaching and assessment

Teaching guidance and support

To help get your course(s) ready for Semester 2, we have updated the teaching support guide (PDF) and advice for assessment (PDF) on the Teaching guidance web page. For all recent updates, view the Communications page

Featured resources

Icebreakers with PadletUQ

Icebreakers are an excellent way to promote student interactions and to develop personal connections early in the semester, which is particularly important in blended and online courses. A range of exemplar icebreakers have been created using PadletUQ. Staff can easily create a blank copy of an exemplar to use in their own course.

Academic Integrity Modules (AIM)

The revised Academic Integrity Modules (AIM) are available to students this semester through edX (Edge). The modules have been developed in two parts to enable students to progressively learn about ethical decision-making during their first semester of study at UQ. 

Study Success - Digital Essentials module 

The Study Success module (part of the Digital Essentials modules) introduces students to Library resources and facilities, including IT, spaces and opening hours. It is designed to be embedded into courses so students can find the information they need, when they need it.

Top 7 Learn.UQ course site design tips

As we approach Semester 2, check out our Top 7 Learn.UQ course site design tips.

Funding and recognition

UQ teaching awards

Thinking of applying for a UQ teaching award? There are only two weeks left until nominations close on 7 August. There are three categories available: ​

What's on

Lab and prac video making – new workshop

Using just a smart phone and Adobe Premiere Rush (free to UQ staff), this new workshop will give you and/or your tutors the skills and tools to film, edit and embed quality videos for your off-campus students, while helping you to minimise your production time.  

Open Course Scheme Semester 2, 2020

The Open Course Scheme (OCS) provides an opportunity for staff to observe teaching in over 10 courses across UQ. Registrations open this week for courses participating in the OCS for Semester 2, 2020.

eLearning workshops (face to face)

eLearning workshops (via Zoom)

eLearning workshops (self-paced)

Webinars and online workshops

Communities of Practice

View all events

Teaching and learning support

eLearning advisors

Tailored advice on eLearning tools, including how to select and configure learning technologies. Book an appointment (via Zoom)

Other eLearning support

Log an eLearning tool support request

Organise a custom eLearning workshop for your faculty/school

COVID-19 support team
P +61 (7) 344 31348
Book a 30-min consultation (via Zoom)

Learning designers

For faculty/school level support, please refer to the list of learning designers in your area.