Blackboard Ultra sandbox sites; Student engagement with your site

26 Feb 2024

Blackboard Ultra sandbox sites available

Ultra Course sandboxes are now available for staff to explore Blackboard’s most recent look and functionality for course sites. To request a sandbox, please email with the subject line Ultra Course sandbox. 

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Custom workshops

If you and your course teaching team would like a custom workshop on centrally supported eLearning tools, please email Custom workshops for faculties, schools and individual courses are available upon request. Sessions are delivered via Zoom or face-to-face.

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Can students easily locate their assessments on your course site? 

To make your assessment and its related information and resources easy to locate, it is recommended to create a separate folder for each individual assessment within the Assessment area. Within each folder, the first item should be the submission link, followed by the relevant student instructions.

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Have all students accessed your course yet?

Course Insights, UQ’s own course-level learning analytics dashboard, is available to all Course Coordinators via Learn.UQ. It enables Course Coordinators to find out early in the semester whether all students have engaged in their course’s online materials. The Course Insights filter can identify students who have not accessed the course so staff can contact them to provide timely instruction or support.

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Explore great teaching with the Open Course Scheme (OCS) this semester

The Open Course Scheme (OCS) provides an opportunity for staff to visit classrooms and observe great teaching occurring across UQ. This semester, there are more than 25 courses open for you to visit and observe.

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Setting up groups for learning, assessment and peer evaluation

The Groups tool in Blackboard allows you to facilitate group tasks and assessments. Allocate+ groups are automatically created in Blackboard at the start of semester.  For peer evaluation, use Buddycheck to collect and moderate student responses on the contribution of their group members.

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Student understanding of assessment types

The Types of Assignments module (within the Digital Essentials series) introduces students to different assignment types, resources and tools. It is designed to be embedded into courses so students can find the information they need, when they need it.

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Inspera: Convert manually marked into auto-marked questions

Join ITaLI’s Digital Assessment team on Tuesday 5 March to see examples of manually marked questions that can be converted to automatically marked questions in Inspera. Led by Learning Designer Dale Hansen, these examples may help with reducing marking and moderation workload. This is an express 30 minute session.

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Assessment review and writing sessions – register now

Are you revising your assessment? ITaLI’s Digital Assessment team are hosting online and in-person assessment review and writing sessions throughout March where you can work on your assessment with support. Open to all UQ staff and all types of assessment, whether you are enhancing an existing task, creating a new one, or even just working on one aspect of your assessment.  

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Student engagement with lecture recordings

Echo360, the university’s platform for video storage and lecture recordings, provides analytical data to help you monitor student engagement with lecture recordings. Staff can access the number of views on individual recordings including course, student, and engagement data.

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Ready to Tutor week - thank you

Thank you to everyone involved in Ready to Tutor Week. All sessions were recorded and are now available to watch online. 

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What's on

eLearning workshops (self-paced)

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Other events and courses

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Teaching and learning support

eLearning support

For technical support with central eLearning tools, email eLearning support

eLearning Advisers

To receive pedagogical advice from UQ's leading teaching technology experts on using our central eLearning tools, including how to select and configure learning technologies, book a Zoom consultation with an eLearning adviser.


Self-paced online workshops are available for a variety of systems and tools. eLearning advisers are available to deliver custom workshops in your school or faculty. Organise a custom workshop.

Digital assessment design support

Digital Assessment Learning Designers are available to help with assessment design, question and assessment task creation, optimising the student experience and providing feedback in Inspera. Book an online consultation.

Teaching support

ITaLI staff are available to offer pedagogical advice. Please contact or book a 30-minute Zoom consultation.

Learning Designers

For faculty of school-level support, please refer to the list of Learning Designers in your area.