Course Insights, Online assignment submission and marking

12 Mar 2024

Course Insights - How engaged are your students? 

Course Insights, UQ’s own course-level learning analytics dashboard is available to all Course Coordinators via Learn.UQ (staff login required). The Engagement section offers insights into student engagement in Learn.UQ and UQ Extend, helping identify disengaged students to contact prior to the census date. Additionally, the Assessment section enables staff to monitor students academic performance and the Course Insights filter can identify students that may need extra support.

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Control the release of results

During marking or moderation, you may not be ready for students to see their results. To manage the publication of results from Turnitin, Blackboard assignments, Blackboard tests and Inspera you need to adjust both the individual tool settings and the Grade Centre column settings (hide from students on/off).

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New Generative AI workshop series

Explore Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Digital Learning practices with ITaLI’s new Generative AI workshop series. Tailored specifically for UQ staff, these sessions offer practical insights and hands-on experiences to enhance your teaching methods. Join us for What’s Working webinars, hands on Gen AI workshops, and Digital Learning Community of Practice (CoP) sessions.

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Online assignment submission and marking

Double assignment submission

It is recommended that Course Coordinators configure online assignment submission so that students need only submit once, rather than submitting both a Blackboard assignment and Turnitin assignment. UQ receives a large number of support requests related to double assignment submission difficulties.

Blackboard group assignments

Using the Groups feature in conjunction with the  Blackboard Assignment tool enables you to establish group project submission links. Any student in the group can submit the assignment, and all members automatically receive the assignment results and feedback. The Blackboard online marking function allows you to annotate assignments and provide feedback using a rubric. For step-by-step instructions, refer to the guides on Groups and Assignment tool.

Note: Turnitin remains the recommended option for assignments if you require a Similarity Report.

In this video case study, Dr Bryan Morgan shares his views on the benefits of using the Blackboard assignment tool to mark group assignments (YouTube, 2m 28s).


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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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Video assignment submissions

Teaching staff are now encouraged to use EchoVideo over Kaltura as the tool for student video submissions via Learn.UQ (Blackboard).  Please link the Submit a video assignment with EchoVideo guide in your assignment instructions in Blackboard to provide step-by-step instructions for students.

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Record reasons for mark changes video

Our video explains how to edit and record the reason for changing a student’s mark in the Learn.UQ (Blackboard) Grade Centre (YouTube, 1m 14s). You can view the comments in the Grade History section and check for errors before transferring your grades to SI-net at the end of the semester.


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Gradescope for handwritten assignments

Using Gradescope for submission and marking of handwritten assignments and exams can reduce administration and marking time by approximately 50%.

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Assignment essentials for your students

Encourage your students to explore the Library’s Digital Essential modules to enhance their digital skills. Key modules in the Assignment essentials theme include Information Essentials and Write, Cite, and Submit.

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Urgent eLearning Support jobs

For urgent eLearning Support queries, such as largescale issues with student submissions or accessing marking, please email with "URGENT" in the subject line to receive a guaranteed response to your request within the hour. To enable a timely response, please provide as much detail as possible with your request.

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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

ITaLI’s Digital Assessment team are available to assist with all aspects of assessment including task design, question writing, Generative AI, assessment security, marking and moderation efficiency, optimising the student experience, feedback, alignment with UQ’s revised Graduate Attributes and working with Inspera AssessmentBook 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.