What is UQ's Learning management system?

Learn.UQ uses the learning management system Blackboard. Every undergraduate course (years 1-5) offered at UQ has a Learn.UQ course for its students. Each Learn.UQ course runs for one semester only (unless requested to be year-long) and is automatically populated with the students enrolled via SI-net into that course. The lecturer (you) for the course is given the Blackboard role of ‘instructor’.

Login to Learn.UQ at: learn.uq.edu.au 

How do I order a Learn.UQ course?

A new Learn.UQ course needs to be created each semester, as each Learn.UQ course is linked to the specific semester’s offering in SI-net, and only the students from that specific semester are enrolled into that Learn.UQ course.

A course will be created automatically once the Electronic Course Profile is Published (Years 1-5). The lecturer named in the Electronic Course Profile will be enrolled into the course as the Instructor, and an email will be set to him/her letting them know the course has been created and how to access it.

To request a Learn.UQ course in advance and the content from a previous semester’s course, go to the Staff tab in Learn.UQ, click on 'Course/Community Site Request Forms', and follow the prompts:

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Visit the Course Requests page for further information.

Where can I find help learning to use Learn.UQ?

A range of workshops are offered on Learn.UQ tools and other UQ eLearning tools in the lead up to Semester 1 and Semester 2. For a description of workshops, dates, times and to register visit the Staff Development website. It is recommend that you first complete the Learn.UQ Basics workshop.

eLearning Solutions Service is available to help staff implement eLearning solutions for the most common teaching and learning problems, using centrally supported eLearning tools. This service assumes you are familar with the content covered in the Learn.UQ Basics workshop. Visit eLearning Solutions Service for information on how to nominate for this service.

Self-paced guides, online video tutorials and other help/answers to questions are all available from the eLearning website.

How do I make my course available to students?

By default Learn.UQ courses are originally setup so they are not available to students. This allows you to prepare your course for the semester before students can view it. To make your course available:

  • From the Control Panel select Customisation > Properties.
  • Select the Yes radio button for the setting Make Course Available.
  • Click the Submit button.

Visit the Course Availablity page for further information.

Please note: It is a UQ Senate requirement that students be able to access their online course material for up to at least one year from the date the course has finished. Therefore your course(s) should not be made unavailable to students once the semester has finished.

How do I add content to my Learn.UQ course?

The UQ course template contains two Content Areas: Learning Resources and Assessment. Visit the Content Area page for further information.

What can I do with Learn.UQ?

Tests: The Test tool allows you to create online quizzes, tests and exams that include both automatically and instructor marked questions. Visit the Tests page for further information.

Discussion Boards: A Discussion Board is a place where Instructors and students can post discussion items and reply to other posts. Visit the Discussion Boards page for further information.

Blogs and Journals: A blog is an online journal that can include links to resources, multimedia as well as text in it's entries. Each student's blog can be viewed by other course members and commented on. Visit the Blogs page for further information.

Wikis: A wiki is a collaborative space where students and teaching staff can add and edit content. Content can include links to resources: multimedia as well as text. Users can create multiple pages inside a wiki that are easily navigated. Visit the Wikis page for further information.

How can I collect and mark assignments online?

TurnItIn: TurnItIn is a software tool that has functions for online student assignment submission (any file type), text matching, online marking and peer marking.  You can also use this tool to give feedback on assignments that do not require a file submission, such as oral presentations. Visit the TurnItIn page for further information.

Blackboard Assignments: The Assignment tool allows you to set up a location for students to submit assessment. Students can submit a wide range of file types (Word, PDF, PowerPoint, Excel and multimedia) as well as links to web based items (Prezi, Kaltura videos). Some file types (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF) can also be marked online using the built-in inline grading tool. The online marking function allows you to annotate student assignments (PDF, Word, PowerPoint, Excel and image files only), give feedback using a rubric (all file types) and return marked assignments to students electronically. Visit the Assignment tool page for further information.

Grade Centre: The Grade Centre provides an area within your Learn.UQ course to store student marks. Test marks and marks from all assessment marked online are automatically stored in Grade Centre. i.e. Marks from TurnItIn, Assignments, Discussion Boards, Blogs, Journals and Wikis. Visit the Grade Centre page for further information.

My Grades: My Grades gives students access to view information (marks) on all assessment items in the Grade Centre. Generally these would be tests/quizzes and other assignments. Visit the My Grades page for further information.

How can I include more active learning in my lectures and tutorials?

UQpoll: Allows teaching staff to pose multiple choice questions with up to five possible answers. Students respond to the questions using a web enabled device (Laptop, tablet, phone). The results are displayed in a graph on a webpage. 

Wordcloud: Allows teaching staff to pose short answer questions in class with students being able to enter responses of up to 25 characters. The answers are then collated and displayed at the front of the class as a 'word cloud' for discussion.

Padlet: Allows students to post comments and multimedia to an online space. It can be used in lectures to engage students in collaborative activities.

Visit the In-class active learning tools page for further information.

Are lectures recorded?

Teaching spaces across UQ's campuses are fitted with equipment to record lectures. All lectures taking place in equipped venues are automatically recorded based on the timetable. Recordings include audio and the screen content presented at the lecture. The rooms with recording capability include all centrally controlled teaching spaces with capacity above 20 students. 

Course coordinators are required to make full lecture recordings available to students within about 48 hours of the lecture, and keep them available for the duration of the semester and exam period, unless the Dean has given explicit permission before the start of semester for exemption from recording. The Dean's approval must be visible to the student in the Electronic Course Profile. The UQ policy and procedure on lecture recording are available online.

How can I run an online lecture, tutorial or information session?

Adobe Connent is UQ's virtual classroom system. It allows staff to host online lectures and tutorials where students can communicate using audio, webcams and chat. The system also allows the display of documents (i.e. PowerPoint), screen sharing and the use of a whiteboard. Visit the Virtual Classroom  page for further information.

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