Teaching with LearnJCU

    Assessment and Feedback

    Achievements is a micro-credentialing tool that allows you to create opportunities for students to earn recognition for their work in the form of digital badges and certificates

    Assignments (including Safe Assign)
    The Assignment tool is a dropbox for electronic submission and bulk download of any file type. Materials submitted via the assignment dropboxes are not checked for originality.

    Grade Centre
    The Grade Centre allows teaching staff to record, organise and display assessment data such as scores and grades for all students in a subject and also provide feedback to students.

    A rubric is a grading tool that lists assessment criteria for an assignment and provides online feedback to students on their level of achievement on those criteria. Rubrics help articulate the requirements of an assessment task and can be used to explain assessment decisions.

    Self and Peer Assessment
    The Self and Peer Assessment tool allows teaching staff to set questions and marking criteria for students to review and assess their own submissions and those of other students.

    Tests surveys and pools
    Tests and surveys are a useful way to test students’ understanding or key concepts, or provide evaluative feedback. A range of question types, multimedia functionality, and feedback options are available.

    Communication and collaboration

    Each subject or community site has an Announcements page where teaching staff can post information about subject activity. Announcements can include text, images, media content, and links to websites and other files.

    Blackboard Collaborate
    Blackboard Collaborate is a real-time online virtual classroom or web conferencing environment that allows teachers and students to meet, share ideas and collaborate in a private online space. Access from your desktop or on a mobile device.

    The Blog (web log) tool allows individuals or groups to post reflective writing and topical commentary within a subject or community. The posts are presented in reverse chronological order and can be commented on.

    Discussion Board
    The Discussion board is a time and location independent communications tool that can be used to facilitate a text-based exchange of ideas within a Subject or Community site.

    Email can be sent to members of a subject or community via the Email tool. This tool facilitates selective communication with various combinations of student and staff users based on their role or group membership in the subject or community.

    Groups can be created in any subject or community site to organise students, facilitate private communication or student group work, or allow selective distribution of content. Groups can be set to ‘self enrol’ to allow students to sign up to a preferred group.

    A tool for students to create subject notes or reflective journal entries that need only be set up once for the whole class and can be kept private between the subject lecturer and individual students.

    Social Learning Tools
    The Social Learning Tools in LearnJCU allow students to connect and collaborate online with their personal learning network. This network connects users at Blackboard Learn institutions around the globe enabling social, informal learning to complement formal classroom and online learning experiences.

    A wiki is a web site that can be collaboratively developed and edited by a group. Contributors to a wiki are able to edit and publish content, upload files and link to other resources. The wiki has a versioning feature that allows the contributions made by individual members to be clearly identified.


    A shared online learning space to support activities that occur outside of the context of a subject site. 

    Subject access and management

    External users
    Users without a James Cook University username may be added as students/participants in subject/community sites.

    Merging subject sites
    Two or more subject offerings can be merged into a single site to make it more efficient to manage subject materials and communications with staff and students.

    Staff roles and management
    Teaching, support staff and students may be added to a LearnJCU subject site in one of a variety of defined teaching and non-teaching roles.

    Student access and enrollment
    Any student who is officially enrolled in a subject offering will have access to the corresponding LearnJCU subject site.

    Subject lifecycle
    Subject and community sites are not automatically saved or 'rolled-over' in LearnJCU from one study period to subsequent study periods. There are several actions you can take as a subject lecturer in LearnJCU to preserve your subject site for future re-use.

    Subject materials and media

    Adaptive release The Adaptive Release function allows teaching staff to control availability of content using criteria to provide/deny access to subject resources such as lecture materials, quizzes and discussion board forums.

    Content folders
    You can use folders to structure and organise your LearnJCU site to make it easy for students to find and navigate through your subject materials.

    Digital media
    This link incorporates a suite of tools that enable staff to easily capture and publish rich digital media including video, audio, music, and eLecture recordings.

    Editing and managing content
    Content typically added to LearnJCU includes documents such as Word, PDF or PowerPoint slides; and links to websites you have produced or external sites.

    The glossary tool in LearnJCU allows teaching staff to create a subject-specific list of terms and definitions.

    Lynda.com provides a searchable library of 3,000+ courses and 130,000+ videos on almost any topic that can be embedded into your subject site.

    Reserve Online
    Reserve Online is JCU's central repository for digitised readings and past exam papers and includes publication and metadata information for these and for other digital media.

    Setting up your subject site
    LearnJCU subjects and communities are provided with a basic default template that is fully customisable. Subject lecturers can personalise their sites in a variety of ways.

    Tracking student activity

    Item statistics
    LearnJCU allows you to track the number of times any individual folder, content item or link has been accessed by students in your subject. Reports can be generated for all students or individuals between nominated dates.

    Performance Dashboard
    The Performance Dashboard collates a range of student performance data including Days since last site access, Review Status of content items, contributions to Discussion Boards and number of Early Warning conditions met.

    Retention Centre
    The Retention Centre provides an easy way for you to identify and track the activity of potentially at-risk students in your subject.

    Review status
    The Review Status feature allows students to indicate whether they have reviewed a content item.

    Subject reports
    Subject Reports provides a graphical summary of site usage and activity for all or selected students between nominated dates.

    User progress
    User progress is a quick way to check whether students can see and have accessed a content item.