Planned

  • presentations on the project to faculty Teaching and Learning committees

  • presentations on the project to school Teaching and Learning committees

  • presentation to the Academic Service Managers Committees.

Completed and continuing

General

  • monthly project progress reports to DLSC and DLPSC

  • project plan presented to eLearning Operation Forum members including ITaLI managers, Library, ITS, and faculty leaders

  • project plan approved by Digital Learning Program Steering Committee and DVCA (DLPSC) - 22 June 2023

  • project plan approved by Digital Learning Sub Committee (DLSC) - 6 June 2023

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Workshops

Faciliated a range of workshops for key staff:

  • 3 x 2 hour Getting Started with Ultra Courses workshops for Semester 1, 2024 Proof of Concept Course Coordinators 

    • 12 December, 2023

    • 17 January, 2024

    • 30 January, 2024

  • 3 x 2 hour Getting Started with Ultra Courses for Learning Designers vendor-run workshops

    • 20 November, 2023

    • 29 November, 2023

    • 5 December, 2023:

  • 2 x 1 hour Getting Started with Ultra Courses vendor-run workshops for Library AskUs team

    • 1 November, 2023

    • 20 November, 2023

  • 4 x 2 hour Getting Started with Ultra Courses vendor-run workshops for eLearning team

    • 4 October, 2023

    • 10 October, 2023

    • 11 October 2023

    • 17 October, 2023

  • 6 Nov 2023: invited Semester 1 2024 Proof of Concept Course Coordinators to register for workshops

  • 30 August, 2023: invited key learning design staff to 3 x Getting Started with Ultra Courses workshops

  • 28 August, 2023: liaised with Library AskUs Tier 2 Support in regards to training

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Briefings & Consultations

  • Consultations with school Professional staff to discuss the impact of Ultra on grade finalisation processes:

    • 21 February, 2024: Professional staff in schools were contacted to arrange a Gradebook consultation.

    • Health and Rehabilitation Sciences - 28 March, 2024

    • Biomedical Sciences - 3 April, 2024

    • Mechanical and Mining Engineering - 19 April, 2024

    • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science - 22 April, 2024

    • Pharmacy - 22 April, 2024

    • Medicine - 23 April, 2024

    • Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work - 26 April, 2024

    • Civil Engineering - 29 April, 2024

    • Agriculture and Food Sustainability - 29 April, 2024

    • Social Science - 30 April, 2024

    • Chemial Engineering - 30 April, 2024

    • Dentistry - 7 May, 2024

  • Consultations with Faculty Learning Designers and ITaLI teams:

    • BEL - 26 February, 2024

    • HABS - 26 February, 2024

    • EAIT - 27 February, 2024

    • Science - 27 February, 2024

    • HASS - 27 February, 2024

    • Medicine - 28 February, 2024

    • ITaLI Digital Learning Uplift team - 28 February, 2024

    • ITaLI Learning Designers & Digital Assessment Team - 28 February, 2024

  • met with faculty Associate Deans (academic) to brief them on the project and identify Summer Semester, 2023 and Semester 1, 2024 Proof of Concept courses:

    • BEL - 18, 21 September 2023

    • EAIT - 12 September 2023

    • HABS - 3 October 2023

    • HASS - 13 September 2023

    • Science - 21 September

    • Medicine - 18 October 2023

  • met with key support stakeholders across UQ to brief them on the project -

    • UQ College - 10 August, 2023

    • HABS - 9 August, 2023

    • ELIPSE - 3 August, 2023

    • Faculty of Science, School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, Faculty of HASS - 2 August, 2023

    • ITaLI Learning Analytics - 1 August, 2023 

    • Library - 31 July, 2023

    • School of Biomedical Sciences, School of Economics, School of Public Health - 26 July, 2023

    • Busines School, Faculty of EAIT, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of BEL - 25 July, 2023

    • Examinations - 24 July, 2023

    • ITaLI Learning Designers Manager - 21 July, 2023

    • ITaLI Learning Designers - 18 July, 2023

    • ITaLI Digital Learning Uplift - 17 July, 2023

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Learning Design and eLearning Update forum

Regular presentations at the Learning Design and eLearning Update forum:

  • 28 March, 2024: Ultra Project update, Original course design for Ultra, Declutter your course campaign

  • 29 February, 2024: Ultra Project update, timeline and conversion process

  • 26 October, 2023: Ultra Project update - Group feature demo​

  • 28 September, 2023: Tool demonstration - Conversations and Discussions in Ultra courses

  • 5 September, 2023: Stimulus Questions in tests

  • 31 August, 2023: Tool demonstration - Ultra Courses test tool​

  • 26 October, 2023: Group feature demo

Planned:

  • 18 April, 2024: Ultra Project update
  • 30 May, 2024: Ultra Project update
  • 27 June, 2024: Ultra Project update
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Microsoft Teams updates

Regular updates to the Learning Design & eLearning community and Semester 1, 2024 proof of concept participants through Microsoft Teams:

  • 10 April, 2024: Blackboard Learn updated 5 April

  • 9 April, 2024: Ultra Tip - Improved navigation for learning modules

  • 2 April, 2024: Original course design for Ultra

  • 2 April, 2024: Ultra Tip - Accommodations and Exceptions

  • 26 March, 2024: Ultra Tip - Functionality limitations for improved accessibility

  • 19 March, 2024: Ultra Tip - Column and user statistics in Gradebook

  • 12 March 2024: Ultra Tip - Posting marks in Gradebook

  • 5 March 2024: Ultra Tip - Copying content between courses

  • 27 February 2024: Ultra Tip - Group Discussions

  • 20 February 2024: Ultra Tip - Delegated Marking

  • 20 February 2024: Support for S1 Ultra participants

  • 19 February 2024: Ultra courses settings

  • 16 February 2024: Ultra Courses Project update

  • 13 February 2024: Ultra Tip - Course Schedule & Calendar

  • 6 February 2024: Ultra Tip - Unsplash image integration

  • 15 January, 2024: Ultra sandboxes available

  • 30 November, 2023: Ultra course activation project update

  • 21 November 2023: UItra Tip - Ultra Accessibility Checker

  • 14 November 2023: Ultra Tip - Additional randomisation options for Blackboard Tests

  • 7 November 2023: Ultra Tip - Automatic zeros for unsubmitted work

  • 31 October 2023: Ultra Tip - Students can move between self-enrol groups

  • 24 October 2023: Ultra Tip - Assign Primary Instructor(s)

  • 17 October 2023: Ultra Tip - Adding and moving content in Ultra courses

  • 10 October 2023: Ultra Tip - Improved accessibility with up to 3 content levels

  • 3 October 2023: Ultra Tip - Unsplash for course banners

  • 27 September 2023: Extra spots available in early bird Ultra courses workshops

  • 26 September 2023: Ultra Tip - Search within a course

  • 19 September 2023: Ultra Tip - Enabling conversations on content items

  • 12 September 2023: Ultra Tip - Searchable Gradebook with multiple views

  • 5 September 2023: Ultra Tip - Blackboard Test questions with stimulus

  • 30 August 2023: Ultra course access plans for November

  • 29 August 2023: Ultra Tip - Automated functionality for Groups
  • 22 August 2023: Ultra Tip - Learning modules and progress tracking

  • 27 July, 2023: Ultra Courses Activation Project​ update

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Newsletter Articles

Regular Teaching and eLearning News articles:

Planned:

  • 20 May, 2024

  • 3 June, 2024

  • 24 June, 2024

Articles published in the ITS Tech Times:

  • Blackboard Ultra courses trial article
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