COVID-19 Advice for the JCU Community - Last updated: 8 June 2022, 12pm (AEST)

Managing Content

Students value consistency within and across the subjects they take.

The structure of content items within a subject site all contribute to the overall usability of the online learning experience. Students should know where they are within a subject site and where they need to go next. This can be achieved through indicative labels, headings, descriptions, and visual cues.

  • Ultra Documents (pages created within your subject site)
  • Word Documents, PowerPoints, Spreadsheets, PDFs
  • Video or Audio
  • Assignments or Tests
  • Discussion Boards
  • Journals
  • Learning Modules
  • Folders
  • Other types of learning objects.
  • Familiarise yourself with Standard 1 of the Standards for Blended and Online Subject Design and ensure curriculum and learning materials are aligned, available, and engaging.

  • Be aware that students will be viewing and interacting with your resources on a range of computers, devices and screen sizes. Test the student experience on a variety of devices where possible.

  • Subject resources should be explicitly supported with helpful and clear documentation for students. The effort of developing support up-front will often save time with handling student queries during the teaching period.

  • Explore techniques and cultivate the habit of developing more accessible materials. Most major document creation software includes options or preferences for checking and improving the level of accessibility. However, there is also assistance from Blackboard Ally, a tool within LearnJCU that provides instructions on improving accessibility of uploaded files.

  • Provide consistency in layouts across subject by utilising the JCU Subject Template and following one of the LearnJCU Layout (PDF, 1394 KB) methods.

Accessibility in LearnJCU
Your LearnJCU subject sites will give you a place to build, manage, and display your subject material.  Content typically added to LearnJCU includes accessibility feedback via Bb Ally, a tool that contributes to making subject content inclusive and flexible.

Editing and managing content (Blackboard Help)
Your LearnJCU subject sites will give you a place to build, manage, and display your subject material.  Content typically added to LearnJCU includes documents such as Word, PDF or PowerPoint slides; and links to websites you have produced or external sites.

Managing the release of content (Release Conditions)
When you manage the release of content, you provide a subject that is more interactive and tailored to the needs of individual students. Availability of content can be set by dates, performance, or sequence and it can be used on lecture materials, quizzes and discussion board forums.

LearnJCU Guides
A full list of guides that can help assist with building and managing your online learning materials.

Panopto Video Capture
Panopto is JCU's video capture platform that provides secure video recordings, viewing, editing, sharing, and streaming capabilities, all from within LearnJCU.

Readings
Readings helps lecturers create and maintain reading lists for students and automatically ensures that items digitised for student access are copyright compliant.

Organising your subject sites

Need to lay out an assessment task?  Take a look at the Assessment Template (PDF, 231 KB).