LTSE Teaching Online Induction to LearnJCU

Induction to LearnJCU

Blackboard Learn is the learning management system (LMS) used by JCU academics, support staff, tutors, and students. We call this LMS LearnJCU.

About LearnJCU

All subjects are allocated a LearnJCU subject site that holds and delivers online information.

Delivering Content to 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 such as eTextbooks
  • 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

Providing Tools for Teachers

  • 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

The Change to Blackboard Ultra

In 2017, the Ultra Navigation was switched on which is an upgraded version of Blackboard Learn. Following that activation, a digital transformation two-year plan was set in place to begin converting subject sites from Original Subject View to the Ultra Subject View. Leading into 2020, almost all of the subject sites have been converted to Ultra.

Ultra Navigation
Ultra Experience - Navigation
 Ultra subject view
Ultra Experience - Subject View

→ An overview of Blackboard Learn Ultra

Getting started with LearnJCU

Accessing 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'.

Having trouble logging in?

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

Accessing a Subject Site

Getting access to subject sites

Navigating LearnJCU

Building Content in a Subject Site

Creating content

Managing content


Communicating in a Subject Site



Blackboard Collaborate (virtual rooms)

Assessing and Grading


Tests (Quizzes)

Grade Centre

Marking Feedback

Tracking Performance

Organisations Sites

LearnJCU Organisations (formerly known as Communities)

LearnJCU Known Issues

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.

Learn and preview Ultra

Learn Ultra Essentials

Ultra Essentials is a resource to help you build and deliver content in LearnJCU. It is a subject available in LearnJCU with all academics automatically enrolled. You can find it in your Subject List in LearnJCU.

Ultra Essentials

Practice with a Sandpit Site

A sandpit, also known as a sandbox or playpen, is ‘techspeak’ for a testing environment where you can experiment without ‘breaking anything’.

If you would like a sandpit subject site please send through a request from LearnJCU ServiceNow.

Start with the JCU Subject Template

Starting from 2020, all LearnJCU subjects sites (using Ultra) will be pre-populated with the JCU Subject 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).

For further information, read an article that lists setting up your subject site in 10 easy steps.

Information in LearnJCU

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