LTSE Teaching@JCU


The Directorate of Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement (LTSE) has educational designers, digital media specialists, Learn JCU experts, and student digital assistants who can assist you.

If you need assistance with teaching in an online environment, please phone the Ultra Hotline internally on extension 168 07 (International: +617 4781 6807 or within Australia: 07 4781 6807) or email

LearnJCU is our primary Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It assists lecturers in delivering learning materials and communicating with students online.

Learning objects that are typically provided via the VLE, are:

  • Class information
  • Discussion boards
  • Readings
  • Lecture capture
  • Grading and feedback
  • Online assessments
  • Online tests/quizzes
  • Learning analytics

Staff are provided with information and resources relating to teaching and learning technology. Guides on building course content, video creation, teaching strategies, online assessment, marking and feedback, can all be found at:

Virtual Learning Environments

Induction workshops for new academic staff introduce the JCU learning environment. The workshops promote our focus on quality in teaching and a positive student learning experience.

Workshops are available in Townsville and Cairns during teaching periods 1 and 2. Please contact the Directorate of Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement (LTSE) by email if you have questions regarding teaching induction.

JCU's sessional teaching staff make a significant contribution to the learning experience of our students. In addition to twice-yearly induction, LTSE offers staff resources and sessional staff awards.

Subject Outlines detail the subject description and learning outcomes, consultation and contact details, graduate attributes, learning resources, how performance in the subject will be assessed, and other general rules. The timely provision of a Subject Outline to students, the regular revision of the Subject Outline, and the monitoring of teaching and assessment against the Subject Outline are viewed as key teaching quality assurance measures.

Subject Outlines are required for all undergraduate and postgraduate coursework subjects.

The Subject Outline Template represents the minimum requirements for all JCU Subject Outlines. The 2020 documents have a new look so it is essential for all Subject Coordinators to transfer to the new template, rather than amend existing outlines.

Visit the Subject Outlines webpage.

Quick links:

When developing a subject outline, please also refer to the assessment methods webpage, which has updated information as at March 2020.

Courses and subjects are designed to have an appropriate volume of learning. The volume of learning includes all teaching, learning and assessment activities that are required to be undertaken by a typical student to achieve the learning outcomes.

Assessment design:

  • Incorporates a variety of assessment methods that assure academic integrity, and equitable assessment activities which respond to diverse student backgrounds
  • Includes ways to develop the knowledge and skills required for employment and further study
  • Is directly related to the course of study and any professional accreditation requirements.

The assessment methods webpage contains assessment methods, guidelines and requirements for feedback to students. In the online environment feedback can also be provided by using quizzes/an online test, see our tips for online teaching.

List (pdf format March 2020) of assessment methods.

Assessment submission procedures are set out on a subject-by-subject basis in the Subject Outline.

JCU uses a variety of student activity data to improve the student experience. Learning analytics data enable you to monitor engagement and are a valuable part of the review cycle. Visit the Learning Analytics webpages to find more information.

Also visit our Blackboard Analytics for staff information page.

If you require access to student data/statistics from COGNOS, please email:

English is an additional language or dialect for many JCU students.

Access videos and resources to support teaching EAL/D students.

The Learning Centre provides EAL/D resources for your students.


Establish rapport, stay in contact, develop and maintain your presence so students know ‘you are there’.

Welcome your students and encourage introductions via the discussion board.
Schedule a ‘live’ discussion board time
Introduce Collaborate (real time communication) via the discussion board conversation.
Proactively manage communications via the Class Conversation tool by initiating conversation around a
topic - for example by posting a ‘provocative’ statement and inviting response.
Demonstrate the communication tools students can use in Ultra.

Discussion board
Class conversation tool
Collaborate (real time webinar)

Make the learning explicit

Clearly present the sequenced learning journey you require students to undertake.
State the relevance of each resource and activity so students know why it is included and what you want them to do with it.
State the purpose of each topic/resource/activity.
Link learning to outcomes and or assessment tasks.

Sequence the learning experiences/resources in the order that you want the students to experience it. Introduce, explain why (how it relates to the learning) and provide instructions for every resource or activity you make available to students in your subject site.
Link the topic learning to the learning outcomes and or assessment tasks.

Record at your desk (MediaSite Desktop Recorder)
Ultra documents


Plan and design your assessment for the online environment. Non-weighted assessment for feedback combined with weighted assessment is a best practice strategy.
Provide personal feedback in a recorded audio format or in writing.

Provide feedback to students regarding their learning progress by offering online quizzes. Written assessment tasks can be explained and presented in Ultra. Drop boxes to collect submissions and check the originality of students’ work can be created. Recordings, individual and group, can be submitted as a link in the drop box comments box.

Create a drop box
Create an online test
Provide feedback

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) - Visit our WIL for Staff page for:

  • Resources to assist with designing WIL experiences;
  • Support for WIL research and scholarship;
  • Links to risk and student wellbeing issues to consider before, and during placements
  • Information for industry/host supervisors.

The Student Placements and Projects website has information to help your students to prepare for a placement, project or field trip.

Local Global Learning is a project that engages diverse learners with 'glocal' citizenship through service learning or field placement experiences in local or international intercultural environments.

SOTL is the scholarly inquiry into student learning which advances the practice of teaching.

SOTL encompasses aspects of professional development or faculty development, such as how teachers can not only improve their expertise in their fields, but also develop their pedagogical expertise. It also encompasses the study and implementation of more modern teaching methods, such as active learning, cooperative learning, problem based learning, and others.

Showcase examples:

Contemporary learning spaces encourage active and collaborative learning experiences. These spaces need to be flexible to allow teachers and students to adapt to a range of learning approaches.

The Blended Learning and Innovation team (based in LTSE) offers academic development support for staff on the effective use of learning spaces and learning technology.

JCU's Education Central and The Science Place (both located in Townsville) are award-winning collaborative learning spaces. The city centre campuses in Cairns and Townsville, our libraries, and many other JCU spaces use technology-enabled active learning (TEAL). These active learning spaces and community/social learning areas encourage peer-to-peer learning and extended learning beyond the traditional classroom environment.

JCU recommends that academic teaching staff embed high quality and relevant career development, employability and entrepreneurship activities in coursework curricula to develop and assure graduate employability outcomes.

Find resources: visit the Careers and Employability for Learning and Teaching staff website or link to the JCU Careers and employment staff toolkit