Preparing for Bb Upgrade July 6/7/8 2019 to 2018 Q4 CU6
Our Bb is still on-prem while we wait for outcome of a VLE review. Going to market this year. Hope to go cloud at that point. Aiming to decide on system by EOY and then spend 2020 building integrations and preparing for first migrates.
Piloting H5P during S2 for Blackboard, Open edX, and Drupal.
Big push on grades security – trying to get people to use gradecenter instead of spreadsheets. Held up by a common need for hurdles that Bb does not do.
Running an RFO for an eAssessment (eExam) solution, and working on a mandatory BYOD policy.
Testing Adaptive Learning - Proof of Concept - Cerego
Deploying Active Learning: Echo ALP in S2. Providing training. Piloteers, Video interviews etc.
Procuring an Open edX environment so we can expand use of edX content into more courses. Doing this at a rate of 20 courses per year. Focusing on largest courses. Have more than 3,600 courses. Collaborating with Tsinghua University in Beijing to build a shareable edX courses. China gov has plan for unis to start using C9 generated content.
Deploying Echo Lecture recording Auto-Transcriptions just for courses with students that need it.
Promoting Academic Integrity training.
Deployed Padlet site licence
Ongoing deployments of ePortfolios into new programs. 24 programs currently.
Piloted Eesysoft and writing business case.
May revisit bus case for TII Authorship Investigation tool at end of 2019. Big push on academic integrity on many fronts.
Trialed Kaltura RAPT. Probably not suitable for average academic but good for building high quality program materials.. esp if content shared
In July an upgrade to April 2019 release: Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q2 2019
Deploying Echo ALP - initially focusing on it being an option for Turningpoint Responseware
We expect to progress with a BYOD device policy
Our EOI and RFT for e-assessment systems will continue
We are conducting a Virtual Learning Environment review to see if there might be better options for LMS and associated suite of systems. The review is expected to be done by June.
Meanwhile more mods to our on-prem Bb: a bulk file upload tool to allow annotation of assessment material using alternate tools; a Bb to student system grades transfer tool; maybe a grades hurdle tool.
Have been piloting Eesysoft - leading to a business case
Building more exemplar courses - partly using edX (connected to Bb)
Hopefully will have a new corporate training LMS as part of the new HR system - and offload them from Bb which does not seem to cope with the numbers (100K+)
More Chalk and Wire ePortfolio deployments
Have decommissioned Adobe Connect in favour of Zoom
Runnning an adaptive learning tool proof of concept using Cerego
Running a scenario based learning proof of concept using Kaltura RAPT.
Runing a micro credential project
Building an Analytics dashboard for coordinators
Student placements project
Promoting: best practice online course design standards to increase consistency across courses: grades management security; pre-recorded lectures; high value classroom experiences;
On this year: LMS review; Lecture cap review; implementing new course design standards; bedding-in Echo cloud; still on-prem Bb (q4-2016); doing e-exams EOI; Looking at a BYOD policy (does anyone have one?); moving our professional development courses off Bb; Continued deployment of Chalk and Wire e-portfolio system; might decommission Adobe and use Zoom for virtual classes; Might get Padlet integration with Bb; Next Bb upgrade July 2018; Interest in Eesysoft.
The Blackboard Upgrade will occur in July 2017 – to Q4-2016 release
Echo may be moved to the cloud in November 2017 if we can negotiate a reasonable price.
Significant progress will be made preparing to move UQ Bb to SaaS ready for end of 2018.
Will finally have Best Practice for Online Course Design guidelines along with a new course template.. and expect resources to deploy this widely.
Expect developments on the Student Experience Strategy. The PVC may approve resources to build key elements of the strategy into all courses.
The eLearning team will search for and support a supplementary discussion board (as per T&L request).
The eLearning team will move from ITS to Library.
Expect expansion of the of the e-exams pilot, and a project to shortlist and select an official central exam system.
Expect progress towards a BYOD policy for student smart devices (driven by ITaLI).
Decommission 2 of 3 legacy ePortfolio systems – and expanded use of Chalk and Wire.
Deployment of iThenticate.
Training and communication focus areas next year: Active learning tools; pre-class learning content generation; Online marking; Peer assessment for group work.
Expect more of the University’s elearning technology needs will be achieved through Learning Tool Interoperability (LTI) integrations.
Expect movement towards more sustainable content creation which will involve economies of scale derived from open access material or publisher collaborations.
Anecdote: Student Video Assignments: The figure below shows student video assignment growth from 1 Terabyte to 9 Terabytes over 3 years (2014-2016), to the point that they are a popular accepted and effective form of assessment of communication skills and understanding of material. Kaltura student video assignments achieved 284,517 views during 2016.
Video assessments are an important fit for UQ because:
UQ has a focus on identify verified assessment. In this case you can see and hear the student. S
It’s a far more efficient way to assess communication skills or clinical skills than class presentations or OSCE’s. It does not take up tute time, and it can be assessed anywhere the coordinator has internet.
It fits the UQ student strategy with the focus on group work and in-class active learning
It’s a powerful formative tool (students practice and fine tune their scripts over and over), but also an excellent summative tool for assessment.
Instructional videos produced by coordinators provide analytics to show which students have viewed the video and when
Anecdote: The eLearning Solutions Service helped 135 Course Coordinators across the University transform the eLearning experience for 27,214 students. The eLearning team presented to 23 full school meetings attended by 713 staff. Through these presentations and through promotion of the video case studies online marking increased from 176K/ year to more than 200,000/ year (figure below).
In 2017 we are likely to deploy iThenticate for thesis and research paper checking.
About to release new standards for online course design
Deploying Chalk and Wire ePortfolio system
The future of the central eLearning systems support team is being considered as part of a restructure proposal for IT Services at UQ
Increased concern about ‘ghost writing’ by students
Increased concern about security of grades management
Ongoing growth in online marking using TII FeedbackStudio. The figure below compares Semester 1 data over the years
eLearning technology focus areas for 2017 will include: active learning class engagement tools; pre-class learning material esp video (Mix with Quizz, Echo, Kaltura with Quizz etc); online marking; peer assessment for group work