The eLearning Systems and Support team provides support to staff on the process of publishing new online Professional Development courses. Introductory technical training is also available to up-skill your team in the use of Office Mix and Articulate Storyline (basics only).

How do I nominate for support?

You can nominate by emailing elearningtraining@uq.edu.au. Include the following information in your email:

Subject line: New online Professional Development course

​Message:

  • Course title
  • Course description (maximum 4 sentences)
  • Course audience
  • Numbers (staff who will need to complete the course)
  • Production option: In-house OR External supplier OR Commercial product
  • Course owner (Organisational unit)
  • Course coordinator

What support is available?

Individual step-by-step help through the overall course creation process:

  • Creation of the actual Learn.UQ (Blackboard) course site, ready to accept learning materials;
  • Advice on how to find course content designers and builders to generate the learning materials;
  • Connection of assessment output (Learn.UQ test) to the Aurion system to track completion of courses;
  • Helpdesk support to address technical faults;
  • Training in the use of eLearning systems (Learn.UQ - Blackboard, Office Mix).

The eLearning team does not have services for the following:

  • Course design;
  • Content design;
  • Mapping learning outcomes to writing scenarios;
  • Creation of the learning materials, or editing learning materials;
  • General site administration;
  • Advanced training in Office Mix and Articulate Storyline (Online training courses are available for these products).

What are the pre-requisites?

  • The organisational unit must have the resources to produce and maintain an online course, including access to a resource for learning material creation (using for instance Office Mix).
  • The online course owner (organisational unit) and coordinator must be clearly designated.

What are the learning material and course design options?

There are three main options for producing online course learning materials (e.g. eLearning modules, videos and assessment):

  • Produce in-house (either employ someone with the required skills or up skill a current team member).
  • Contract an external supplier.
  • Purchase a commercially available product. 

What categories of online courses are offered at UQ

Induction and OHS courses

  • Courses that are applicable to all staff or students and are compulsory.
  • Courses are published in the Learn.UQ (Blackboard) course Induction and OHS courses.
  • All staff are automatically enrolled in the Induction and OHS courses.
  • Completions are recorded in the Induction section in Aurion.
  • The transfer of results to Aurion is automated.  You will need to request this to be done through hrsystems@uq.edu.au and ITS Application Support Specialist. 
  • The results can also be downloaded as a report through Reportal and this will need to be arranged in consultation with the Planning and Business Intelligence unit and ITS Application Support Specialist

Warning: Due to technical limitations in the current LMS new courses or changes to existing courses CANNOT be made during semester as it creates instability in the LMS that will impact tens of thousands of users. Changes can be made during inter-semester breaks.
 

University Staff Development Program (USDP) course.

  • Courses are applicable to a section of the UQ community.
  • Courses follow the same approval process as face to face USDP courses. Refer to Presenter & Coordinator Information on the Staff Development site for further information.  You will need to submit the Staff Development new online course submission form.
  • Courses are published in a Learn.UQ (Blackboard) site.  Courses can be added to the Staff Development Online course site once approved by USDP.
  • Course enrolments can be automated based on the organisational unit or self-enrol.
  • Courses are advertised on the Staff Development site with a link to access the course.  
    Relevant example/sample text:  ESOS for student-facing staff - online module (self-enrol link to Staff Development Online course site); 
    Research Integrity Online Module - UQ Staff (individual Learn.UQ course site with a self-enrol link).
  • Course completion information can be downloaded from the Learn.UQ course Grade Centre.
  • Completions are recorded in the Training Record section in Aurion.
  • The transfer of results to Aurion is automated. You will need to request this to be done through hrsystems@uq.edu.au and ITS Application Support Specialist. 
  • The results can also be downloaded as a report through Reportal and this will need to be arranged in consultation with the Planning and Business Intelligence unit and ITS Application Support Specialist.
     

Organisational unit courses

  • Courses that are applicable to staff in particular organisational units or roles.
  • Courses are approved by the head of the relevant organisational unit.
  • Courses are published in a Learn.UQ (Blackboard) site.
  • Course enrolments can be automated based on the organisational unit or self-enrol. Example courses: Unifi Training, Expense Management System Training.
  • Course completion information can be downloaded from the Learn.UQ course Grade Centre.

What are the format recommendations?

  • Course content and assessment is published in a Learn.UQ course site.
  • Course content is published in HTML5 or HTML5 + Flash format. (ITS does not support SCORM).
  • Course content is produced using eLearning authoring software (Adobe Presenter, Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline, Office Mix).
  • Course assessment is produced as a separate Learn.UQ test.

How should I design my course?

The following are summary key points from Online Professional Development Course Design guide, please access this for full details and links to templates / course design resources.
Have a look at some key FAQs for business units not sure of how to get started in engaging and working with an external supplier.

  • Clearly determine the learning objectives for the course.
  • Reduce the content covered to the minimum needed to meet the required learning objectives.
  • Course length: Maximum 20 minutes (divide content into parts if needed).
  • Include regular interactive activities to engage participants through out the course i.e. formative quiz questions, scenario based learning.
  • Follow the UQ Branding guidelines. Office Mix and Articulate Storyline Template are provided.
  • Track staff completions of the course using a Learn.UQ test.
  • Tests should consist of 20 questions drawn randomly from a pool of at least 30 questions. Test pass mark should be set at 80% and allow for repeated attempts.

What resources are available on course design and production?

A collation of resources for designing a course are available in the Online professional development course design guide.

How long will the content stay current?

Organisational units need to ensure they have the resources to update learning materials when required. Depending on the production option selected you need to ensure:

  • All resources files needed to produce the learning materials are stored and their location documented.
  • If the learning materials are to be produced by an external supplier, supplying the core resources files (not just the published end product) needs to be included in the contract.
  • You retain expertise within your team to update the course or allocate budget to updating learning materials when needed.
  • You own the IP for the learning materials if they are produced by an external supplier.