UQwordcloud is a UQ active learning tool that automatically collates student responses to a short answer question. The results are displayed as a brainstorm word cloud. Students submit their response using a web enabled device (PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android device or other smart phones).

Note: All UQ staff can use UQwordcloud via the UQ Active Learn suite (tutors will need to login using their staff username and login).

UQwordcloud questions - short answer

Questions can be posed:

  • Verbally
  • Written on the whiteboard
  • In a PowerPoint presentation

Note: Student responses can be a maximum of 25 characters long (1-3 words).

UQwordcloud - Instructor view

  • Browse to the main page to open the UQ Active Learn suite of applications.
    https://apps.elearning.uq.edu.au/
  • Click on the CHANGE TO INSTRUCTOR VIEW button.
  • Click on the relative application from the list (UQwordcloud in this instance)

Note: All UQ staff have their own UQwordcloud account with a unique Active Learn ID number.

  • If you are not already logged in:
    • Enter your UQ username and password.
    • Click on the LOGIN button.

UQwordcloud setup

  • Click on the MANAGE button.

  • If there are currently responses displayed in UQwordcloud, click on the RESET QUESTION button.
  • Optionally type your question into the Your Question textbox (maximum 64 characters for textbox).
  • Select the required Allow respondents to submit radio button.
  • Only one response – if students submit more than one response only the last response is displayed.
  • Multiple responses – students can submit an unlimited number of responses.
  • Click on the SAVE button.
  • Click on the MANAGE button again to close.

Note: You could enter your question and save the required settings before your lecture / tutorial.

Warning: Although UQwordcloud will filter out common swear words it is still possible for students to enter inappropriate responses. It is recommended that you remind students of the Acceptable Use of  UQ ICT Resources policy and access the downloaded responses to track down and follow up on any inappropriate submissions.

UQwordcloud – Student View

  • Instruct students to browse to their instructors’ (your) UQwordcloud student view webpage (contribute here) address. 

  • Alternatively, students can access the relative application through the UQ Active Learn suite.  Students will need to:
  • Browse to the website: https://apps.elearning.uq.edu.au/
  • Check that they are accessing the applications under their instructors’ (your) Active Learn ID
  • Click on CHANGE ACTIVE LEARN ID button if the Active Learn ID does not match their instructors’ (your) Active Learn ID.

  • Get students to enter their instructors’ (your) Active Learn ID

  • Click on the relative application to enter their responses (UQwordcloud in this instance)

Students should then:

  • Type in their response and press the Enter key on their keyboard (or GO on their mobile). Student responses can be a maximum of 25 characters long (1-3 words).

  • Tip: Students are unable to remove / undo any responses once they have been entered.  If an inappropriate response is entered, the instructor may:
  • Click on the HIDE button.
  • Click on the MANAGE button.
  • Click on the RESET QUESTION button to clear the UQwordcloud responses.
  • After the session, use the SHOW HISTORY button to download a record of the responses and follow up with the student that entered an inappropriate response.
  • Remind students of the Acceptable Use of  UQ ICT Resources policy.

UQwordcloud - Collecting responses

Your UQwordcloud will automatically update the display as students enter responses.

Note: If you browse away from the webpage while students are submitting you will need to refresh the browser to ensure all results are displayed.

  • Click on the START button to begin /continue collecting student responses.
  • Click on the STOP button to end/pause responses coming in.
  • Click on the HIDE button to hide the UQwordcloud responses entered.
  • Click on the SHOW button to view the UQwordcloud responses entered.

UQwordcloud display

Your UQwordcloud will automatically update the display as students enter responses.

Note: If you browse away from the webpage while students are submitting you will need to refresh the browser to ensure all results are displayed.

  • The number of students who have submitted one or more responses is displayed. i.e. The total number of responses is not displayed.
  • Click on the full screen icon in the top right of UQwordcloud entries to enter Full screen view.
  • Click on the cross icon in the top right of UQwordcloud entries to return to the standard display.

UQwordcloud – Clearing responses

  • Click on the MANAGE button
  • Click on the reset RESET QUESTION button.

  • Refer to UQwordcloud setup section for details on how to setup a new question.

UQwordcloud - Saving results

Refer to the Saving results - UQ Active Learn guide.