School of Psychology Lunchtime Forum (BYO lunch)

Topic: Student management and engagement for large classes
Date: Wednesday, 10 September 2014
Time: 12:00pm -1:00pm
Venue: Room 304/305, McElwain Building (24A), St Lucia campus

Large classes are a common issue in teaching, especially at UQ, and they can create particular challenges regardless of the discipline. This forum looks at how different schools across the university are dealing with large student cohorts. Academics from the School of Psychology and the Faculties of Engineering and Information Technology (EAIT) and Science will share their experiences and strategies for managing their large classes. This will be followed by an open discussion about the challenges that UQ faces in this area.

The School of Psychology would like to like to invite academics from all schools in the HABS and M+BS Faculty to join the forum and be part of the discussion.

For more information, please contact faculty eLearning Coordinator
Jessica Tsai.

The Gated Pipeline Project: ePortfolio

The scope of the ePortfolio project encompasses facilitating reflective learning and practice, demonstrating graduate attributes, provide a digitized collection of student accomplishments and enabling graduates to showcase their achievements and learning. Eva Cegielka, from the ITS Teaching and Learning Support team, has been appointed as the Project Manager and will be working with Jessica Tsai, HABS Faculty eLearning Coordinator, on the project. Eva and Jessica are working on a draft project brief for the steering committee. They will also consult with schools across the HABS, HASS and M+BS faculties to discuss their business needs and consider these in relation to available systems on the market.

Following the analysis of functionality requirements, small scale testing on two or three appropriate commercially available solutions will be set up as pilot systems. A final report with recommendations on the most suitable system and any additional requirements will be prepared for the steering committee.

eLearning Tools Usage statistics, Semester 1 2014

ITS TLS has captured usage data on tools available from the central eLearning system for semester 1 across all faculties. Listed below are usage rate on some of the common tools:

Tools BEL EAIT HABS HASS M+BS SCI
Discussion Forum 45% 41% 54% 42% 47% 43%
Blog 0% 1% 5% 3% 11% 1%
Journal 1% 3% 5% 2% 7% 0%
Wiki 0% 6% 3% 5% 3% 2%
Survey 0% 6% 3% 3% 5% 3%
Test/Quiz 14% 13% 21% 6% 46% 22%
Lecture recording 58% 63% 46% 34% 50% 66%
YouTube 9% 8% 13% 14% 15% 6%
Audio Content 1% 1% 3% 6% 8% 3%
Virtual classroom 1% 6% 8% 1% 22% 3%
Video file content (Kaltura + local video files) 7% 13% 21% 9% 43% 11%
Total number of courses available 249 145 276 396 136 314
Online submission across faculties

Online submission across faculties

Tools BEL EAIT HABS HASS M+BS SCI
Assignment - TurnItIn 31% 38% 70% 67% 58% 74%
Assignment - Blackboard 71% 23% 15% 17% 29% 14%
Echo360 – Lecture Recordings

Echo360 – Lecture Recordings viewing
(Graph from ITS TLS website)

For a full report, please go to ITS TLS Report.

Copyright in Blackboard or Echo360

In Echo360:

Images, Diagrams and Graphs from the Open Web (such as Google Images, Tag Galaxy and Flickr): You can copy and put any of these images in your Powerpoints and record on Echo360. Please include the URL to show the source.

TV Recordings: TVNews and EduTV contain many recordings from TV and pay TV (such as news, current affairs, documentaries and films). You can copy and include these in your Powerpoints and record on Echo360. However, as Echo 360 does not record film well, add the recording directly into Blackboard (see below).

YouTube and DVD movies: These can be shown in lectures but please do not copy or record them on Echo360.

In Blackboard:

Images, Diagrams and Graphs from the Open Web (such as Google Images, Tag Galaxy and Flickr): You can copy and put any of these images in your Powerpoints and record on Echo360. Please include the URL to show the source.

TV Recordings: You can copy and add directly into Blackboard. TVNews and EduTV contain many useful recordings from TV and pay TV (such as news, current affairs, documentaries and even films).

YouTube videos: You can link or embed videos into Blackboard but please do not copy.

Journals, Articles, Books and other print material:

For more information, contact UQ Copyright.

 

Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI)

The new Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation covers the two main areas of Teaching Excellence and Innovation and Analytics and aims to connect school and faculty teaching and learning needs with institutional strategic priorities through a structure that includes an Advisory Group of Associate Deans Academic. Senior academic staff will report to the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning), Professor Doune Macdonald has accepted the role of Acting PVC from 18 August 2014. For further details about ITaLI, please visit their website itali.uq.edu.au

Blackboard (Learn.UQ)

Blackboard Outage

It has been finalised, Blackboard will be unavailable on 23 and 24 November due to a system upgrade. Please visit the ITS TLS upgrade website for full details, including a series of tips for instructors to mitigate the main impacts of the outage.

Reusing assessment items

Blackboard assignments, TurnItIn assignments and Tests/Quizzes duplicated from a previous semester can be reused and added to Grade Centre. Please make sure to update the associated dates (e.g. due dates). If you do not wish to reuse an assessment item, the item would need to be deleted manually for the column to be removed in Grade Centre.