Blackboard Open Education, TurnItIn comment banks, Sneak peek 2

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ITS eLearning update 14 October | 2014

Blackboard Open Education  

Blackboard has given all existing clients free access to its new Open Education platform Open Education is the most advanced version of Blackboard hosted in the cloud. There are many potential uses for this system including professional education. If you are interested in trying it out please contact elearning support.

Order your Summer Semester course

You can request your Learn.UQ course for Summer Semester now.  
1.  Use the online Course Request form located on the Staff Tab in Blackboard - using this form, copies of previous course content can also be requested. OR

2. Wait for your course to be created once you publish your ECP - Blank template courses only. 

Visit the Course Request page for further information. 

Using TurnItIn Comment Banks 

Dr Judith Seaboyer has been marking English assignments online using TurnItIn for the last two years. Listen to her thoughts on comment banks and her tips on how best to use them.

Rubric upload via Excel

TurnItIn has recently introduced the ability to design a rubric in Excel and import it into the Rubric/Form manager. This allows you to create your rubric once and then easily reuse it in your ECP, assignment instructions and TurnItIn. View the Create a TurnItIn rubric video guide for step by step instructions.

Online marking OHS 

Two new guides are now available to help you optimise your workstations for online marking with computers and laptops. View the Laptop - electronic marking and Desktop - electronic marking guides.

Quick poll  

In regards to Teaching Enhanced Learning support at UQ, what would be most beneficial for you as an instructor?

Click on the link to register your response.  

Updated Wiki guides

The Wiki tool page on the eLearning site has been updated to include extensive self help guides. This tool allows you to set up wikis, create and comment on posts, link multimedia to your posts and mark wikis.  

2015 Sneak Peek 2 - New Test features 

Online tests will include two new features following the upcoming annual upgrade. Course coordinators will be able to restrict the locations online tests can be accessed from, such as specific computer labs using the IP address of the computers. You will also be able to easily manage tests with multiple attempts and select whether to keep the scores of the first attempt, last attempt, highest score or lowest score.

SECat reminder  

Online Student Evaluations of Course and Teaching (SECaT’s) for Semester 2, 2014 will be available from Monday, 20 October. Students will be able to access surveys via emails or via their Learn.UQ welcome page.

Academic staff are best placed to encourage students to participate in evaluations. As part of this, students need to be told why the evaluations are conducted and what they are used for. There are also other things you can do before the semester, during and just prior to conducting the evaluations that will help boost response rates and increase your student engagement.

For more information visit

Blackboard Upgrade   

Blackboard will be upgraded on Sunday, 23 November and Monday, 24 November, and will be unavailable on these days.

Please make sure these dates are marked in your calendar now. 

The Technology Enhanced Learning Sub Committee has considered date options and related issues and endorsed these days as having the lowest possible impact across the University as a whole.

Please visit our upgrade website for full details, including a series of tips for instructors to mitigate the main impacts of the outage.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Teaching and Learning Support in ITS.



  • Blackboard Open Education 
  • Order your Summer Semester course 
  • Using TurnItIn Comment Banks 
  • Rubric upload via Excel 
  • Online marking OHS 
  • Quick poll 
  • Updated Wiki guides   
  • Sneak Peek 2 - New Test features 
  • SECat reminder 
  • Blackboard upgrade 






 Quick poll results - September 2014

Would it be helpful to have access to a sound proof video recording facility for short instructional video generation? ​

 Log a job

If you are having an eLearning technical problem you can log a job with Helpdesk. To enable a timely response please be sure to include as much data as possible with your request.

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