CEE TEL Design About LearnJCU


LearnJCU is JCU's digital learning environment, which comprises both the Learning Management System, Blackboard Learn Ultra, and several interoperable tools, such as Panopto, Collaborate, H5P, Padlet, PebblePad etc.

About LearnJCU

All subjects are allocated a LearnJCU subject site that academics can use to share content and communicate with students.

  • An electronic copy of the subject outline
  • Staff contact details
  • Lecture notes and recordings
  • Digital media such as screencasts and YouTube videos
  • Web based resources
  • Subject readings
  • Assessment submission areas to facilitate electronic submissions (including an originality reporting service)
  • Feedback on submitted assessment
  • Communication tools and collaboration spaces
  • Notifications about due dates or last-minute room changes
  • Test students' understanding
  • Control the release of content
  • Manage and communicate student grades
  • Online assessment marking and feedback
  • Setup virtual collaboration spaces and discussion boards
  • Track student progress and identify potentially at-risk students

Getting started with LearnJCU

To access LearnJCU, click the LearnJCU button at the top-right of the JCU website.

Access is also provided via mobile.

External access

If you have a user ID starting with 'ljcu', go to 'Non-JCU members special sign in'.

Access to LearnJCU

Check out the step-by-step procedure below to resolve your access problems

Access to subject sites

LearnJCU consists of self-contained sites. There are also features that let you work across sites. To access any LearnJCU site you need to be enrolled. LearnJCU has two main types of sites.


Academic subject sites are the formal sites associated with each JCU subject offering and student enrolment. Staff enrolment is managed by College Academic Services. They are released by Learning Environments in late September in preparation for the following year and are pre-populated with the JCU LearnJCU Subject Template.


Organisations give you a space to work with students and other staff outside subjects. Organisations can be associated with subjects, courses, or activities (e.g. placement and student exchange programs). They can also be staff-only sites for training and programs. Learning Environments create Organisations on request.


Sandpit Sites: For testing and experimenting with the tools

Essentials Sites: For internal staff training modules, such as Subject Coordinator Essentials,  JCU Respect,  Academic Integrity etc.

Development and Master Sites:  Subject-specific options for development and content management.  You can enquire about these if you think they would be suitable for a project.

Basic LearnJCU structure

In the main menu, you will find:

Screenshot of the Basic LearnJCU Structure

  1. Welcome: Helpful links, news, and support resources (see table below).
  2. Profile: This will appear on the menu as your name. Add a photo, pronouns, and how to pronounce your name. Staff and students in your subjects can see this information when they see your name in LearnJCU.
  3. Activity Stream: A summary of activities across your subjects and organisations.
  4. Subjects: Access to past, present, and future subjects you’re enrolled in.
  5. Organisations: Access to organisations. You will only have this option if you are enrolled in an organisation.
  6. Calendar: View course events and assessment due dates across your subjects and organisations.
  7. Messages: View and send messages (similar to email) across your subjects and organisations.
  8. Grades: See what needs grading across all your courses.
  9. Tools: Access global functions that are outside of your courses such as portfolios or the Content Collection.

Site menu

When you are on a Subject Site you will see a top bar menu for assessing key site features, such as Content, Calendar, Announcements, Discussions, Grade Centre, Messages, Analytics, and Groups.

Screenshot of a Subject Site top bar menu

LearnJCU Organisations (formerly known as Communities)

LearnJCU Known Issues lists any technical issues known to affect the expected function of LearnJCU and integrated systems for staff and/or students.

A description of each issue is provided along with a workaround where possible.

Preview and Learn

Dig into LearnJCU with a new Sandpit Site!

Our Sandpit Essentials, also known as practice subject sites, now feature a module to guide you through LearnJCU and its tools. The module is designed to provide hands-on experience, complete with example content, including every question type and a question bank for testing and experimentation.

While the module is designed with new users in mind, it also offers value to current users who are interested in discovering the latest features. If you already have a sandpit in place and wish to have the module added, we're more than happy to assist you with that!

Request a Sandpit (or just the Module)

Screenshot of the Sandpit Essentials

All LearnJCU subject sites are pre-populated with the Institutional LearnJCU Subject Site Template.

The template includes four key folders that aim to establish consistency across the student navigation (see elements outlined in the Student Digital Experience Policy and the LearnJCU Content Management Procedure).

Read Subject Site Setup.

The 'Welcome' page in LearnJCU has helpful links and support resources that you can easily access when you need them.

An example of the LearnJCU Welcome page

Keep an eye out for upcoming workshops.