Digital technologies have fundamentally altered the way we communicate, live, learn and work. They have broken down barriers and given rise to new opportunities and challenges.

Taking a holistic view of the student experience, UQ must develop an integrated learning environment that combines our physical and digital landscape, delivering powerful learning opportunities for our students to thrive.

Information Technology will work on the following initiatives to achieve this goal:

  • Champion the University’s digital presence.
  • Prioritise teaching and learning above all else.
  • Invest in IT infrastructure renewal to enhance UQ’s online experience.
  • Provide students with a powerful, online learning experience.
  • Strive to maintain accessibility standards (WCAG 2.0).
  • Enhance the UQ digital environment.
  • Record lecture content by default.
  • Develop further Massive Open Online Courses and Small Private Online Courses.
  • Analyse and synthesise critical analytical data that leads to informed decision-making.
  • Demonstrate the benefits for the student experience under a ‘one UQ’ approach for printing.
  • Partner with business units to automate student-facing processes.

Strategy in action

Flexible learning through lecture recording

In 2011, UQ set out to improve the flexibility of the study experience by building the first fully automated lecture capture and delivery system in Australia. It's now the largest in Australia and is being adopted as standard around the country.

Today, UQ lectures are recorded automatically based on the class timetable system, and then automatically inserted into the student’s online course materials within the same day. UQ students can consume lectures in a location convenient to them, at a time that fits their work commitments. They can also re-watch lectures as many times as they need at a pace that suits their personal learning style.

UQ students are responsible for more than 15,000 lecture video views every single day during semester from UQ’s eLearning systems. That figure jumps up to more than 35,000 views per day during revision week. Staff are now also utilising this system to pre-record content, which frees up some class time for high impact, active learning experiences.

Supporting quality UQ lectures

The inconsistency of the technology used in our lecture theatres was compromising the quality and reliability of recorded UQ lectures. Lecturers could arrive at a theatre and discover it didn't have a document camera, a PC or lecture recording capability. While many rooms were fitted with a touch panel to control the audiovisual (AV), lecturers were often confronted by different, unfamiliar interfaces.

Today UQ lecturers arrive at any centrally controlled theatre and use a full suite of presentation technologies connected to a standard touch screen interface. This consistent interface is intuitive and used throughout UQ, allowing lecturers to arrive at any room and provide a quality lecture with confidence.

The software created and deployed by the Audio Visual Team to achieve this goal won industry awards in 2014 and 2015 for campus impact.

Delivering effective class engagement tools

Associate Professor Mark Nielsen talks about how he has incorporated UQwordcloud into Psychology courses to improve engagement.