The Pitcher/Gated Pipeline for Blueprint funding is currently operational and first deadline for submission (17 Feb 2014) has been closed, second submission deadline is yet to be released. 

Notes when making submissions:

  • Please include the tag "SIG" or "INN" in the title of the proposal.
  • The project scope for the proposals can be up to 12 months (broader scope can form part of the proposal, but funding should be requested for no more than what can be achieved in 12 months.
  • Note that the text in the gated pipeline application can be formatted by using "Markdown", cheat sheet available at gated-pipeline-mark-tags
  • All pipeline submissions must include Associate Dean (Academic) (ADA) endorsement. This can be in the form of an email or faculty Teaching and Learning committee minutes.

Faculty has submitted an innovation project to the Gated-pipeline, in the first deadline, to investigate potential online student evaluation system/s (INN-skill-enabled e-portfolio).

Blackboard Analytics project is in progress, initial focus will be to identify students at risk using the standard report function, retain and support students. Other aims are to improve student engagement, improve courses and student results.

UQ Course (Blackboard) archive project, allowing access to learning materials from older courses (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012 are available, ITS still working on 2011) in IMS-format zip files. Staff can request through "copy courses" request.

The Browser Test for Blackboard is available on the Blackboard landing page, main function is to test and advise users of their current browser configuration to the use of Blackboard.

The VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) project, a virtual environment running UQ applications, available from most common devices (laptops, tablets and apps). Currently running in pilot at Nursing and Vet School, Ipswich and Gatton virtual desktop classrooms.

The Student Survey Management System (SECAT online) project is in progress (Stage 1 - implementation), removing paper-based collection, improve data and reporting accuracy, improving business processes. Estimated completion/implementation - August (Semester 2), 2014. For full details click here.

New student resource: Library 101, is a new online information literacy tutorial designed for use by undergraduate students. The tutorial has been designed as a generic resource that can be incorporated across disciplines. It consists of six modules intended to guide students through everything they should know about locating and using the UQ library. Module checklists and quizzes have been included so that students can identify any gaps in their knowledge and reflect on their learning. Course co-ordinators are encourage to add a link to the tutorial from their Learn.UQ course. How to add a Library101 course link guide.


Blackboard will be presenting their future directions roadmap on April 3rd in UQ's Senate room, from 8:00AM to 1:00PM. Full details and registration are available at Blackboard website.

Blackboard have announced they have bought a new product – myedu, which is a student centric capability with some ePortfolio features, and appears to form a bridge between student learning and employment.

System Maintenance

System (Learn.UQ) maintenance
Saturday 12 April - Four 5 minute slowdown periods where servers responses will be delayed

Saturday 26 April - Blackboard will be unavailable between 5AM and 9AM

System (Learn.UQ) full upgrade
ITS anticipated another full upgrade (unavailable for full day) on Monday 24 November, please inform of any issue/s (e.g. marking period).

Other eLearning Systems

Echo 360 Lecture recording Live streaming
Live streaming functionality has been tested within ITS and is soon to be trialled in the Brain Institute to expand the seating capacity of a lecture room to include another (streamed) room of seats. The process for adding a stream to your lectures is to ask AV to “Check a box”. Invitations are open to pilot the feature in your faculties before we advertise it for general use.

Echo PCAP Desktop Recording Access Improvements
The process for staff to access cho360 Personal Capture (PCAP) has been streamlined. Requests for access to the Echo system are how completed by the eLearning helpdesk (not AV). The software is now freely available from ITS Licensing. HABS, MABS and HASS PC users also have the option to download and install the software from the Software Centre (admin access to the machine is not required for installation).

System Maintenance

Echo Lecture Recoding Maintenance
Saturday 22 February 5:00AM-7:00AM