New LTC resource on Online Assessment

A printable guide on Online Assessment has been created to support staff in hybrid learning, online assessment and feedback.

The online assessment process

This resource explores the following topics:

  • What is online assessment?
  • Why use online assessment?
  • Examples of online assessment practice at UOW.
  • 3 things to consider when moving assessment online.
  • Tools for feedback and online submission.
  • Rubrics and marking guides.
  • How to set up an assignment dropbox.
  • Importing grades into SMP.
  • Further examples and case studies.
  • Resources and support.

Download the resource: Online Assessment and Feedback (PDF)

New Flipped Classroom Resources on the TEL Resource Hub

There is now a suite of resources available on the UOW TEL Resource Hub to support staff in flipping their classroom. These resources include engaging videos and printable guides that answer the following questions:

  • What is the flipped classroom?
  • Why use the flipped classroom?
  • How do I flip my classroom?
  • What software can I use to build flipped classroom resources?

Watch the following video to learn what academics have to say about flipping the classroom and the benefits that it offers for teaching and learning.

New Turnitin Resources for Staff and Students on the TEL Resource Hub

There is now a suite of resources available on the TEL Resource Hub to support staff and students in using Turnitin to improve students’ writing skills and research practices. These resources include engaging videos and printable guides that answer the following questions:

  • What is Turnitin?
  • Why would I use Turnitin?
  • How do I create a Turnitin assignment?
  • How do I access and interpret an originality report?
  • How do I use GradeMark to provide feedback on Turnitin assignments?

You can view these resources by visiting the TEL Resource Hub or clicking here.

Additional resources for assessment and feedback (e.g using rubrics and PeerMark) are currently being developed by LTC and will be added to the TEL Resource Hub soon.

Can Turnitin improve your assessment and feedback practices?

Turnitin is a comprehensive program that can help busy educators in every discipline provide rich and meaningful feedback on students’ written work. Once a student paper is submitted to Turnitin through Moodle, Turnitin allows for feedback from three different tools: OriginalityCheck, PeerMark and GradeMark.

While Turnitin can identify if a student has copied the work of another without acknowledgement- it is so much more than an originality checker. Some of the benefits of Turnitin include the following:

  • Enables rich and personalised feedback
  • Provides a guide for improving academic writing skills and research practices
  • Convenient and efficient
  • Strengthens data-security
  • Engages students in self-directed learning
  • Educates students on identifying and acknowledging other authors work
  • Saves and maximises marking time

Transforming the curriculum @ UOW

The UOW Curriculum Transformation project is an ambitious program of renewal based on a new Curriculum Model that will be embedded in all UOW degree courses by 2018. It seeks to deliver exciting, authentic learning experiences, in an integrated whole-of-course framework, that will equip all students as adaptable professionals, confident citizens and agile, lifelong learners for an increasingly complex world.

More details can be found online

UOW new curriculum model

The dangerous idea of the “digital native”

Young people today are often referred to as ‘digital natives’.

The label makes intuitive sense because young people have grown up surrounded by digital technology and seem to be constantly engaged with their computers, phones and other devices. Some have argued that technology has fundamentally changed the way young people learn and that revolutionary change is needed across the education sector to meet the needs of these new learners.

These ideas have led to a large body of recent research which, in fact, tells a different story. This research shows that the ways young people use technologies, the things they do with them and their reasons for using them are much more diverse than many once thought.

At the upcoming UOW Big Ideas Festival, Professor Susan Bennett will argue that this complex reality makes the digital native label much more than just a harmless stereotype. It makes it a dangerous idea.


To register for the event and find out more visit

Digital Learning FAQs


The Digital Learning Thresholds (DLT) are a component of the UOW TEL Strategy. They have been developed to enhance the learning experience of students through the incorporation of minimum expectations and good practices in digital learning.  The DLT strategy supports the principle that all students will have access to digital learning and both students and staff have clear expectations about the use of digital learning within the UOW curriculum.  The DLT guide can be used by subject coordinators for self-review, and can also be used by Faculties for administrative purposes.

Following consultation with UOW staff about TEL, DLT and online assessment and feedback, a number of questions have been raised and a set of Frequently Asked Questions has been developed to address some of those questions.  The TEL Frequently Asked Questions is available on the TEL Resource Hub

Swinburne research study – on academic use to technology tools


Mark a Swinburne staff member is researching about the use of technology tools for teaching and learning, I am posting this on his behalf, thank you in advance for your support:

Dear colleague,

I am currently researching the use of technology tools by academics in their teaching practice. This is a short survey that should take around 10 minutes to complete, and has been approved by Swinburne Human Research Ethics Committee (SHREC).
The link below will take you to a completely anonymous online survey with some further explanation about the project.

I would appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey and also circulating this email to your colleagues or contacts.

The survey is currently open and closes on 20 August 2015 before the start of second semester

I am happy to answer any questions from contact details below.

Mark Schier
Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Health, Arts & Design Swinburne University of Technology

(03) 9214 8713 

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Snippets from yesterday’s LTC Forum

Yesterday’s annual LTC Forum focused on assessment and feedback at UOW.  If you missed the forum or you want to catch up on some of the highlights, Marcus O’Donnell has put together a neat package in Storify with tweets and images. Thanks Marcus.

Changes to Chrome that may effect your use of Moodle

From September 2015, Google is removing NPAPI support from Chrome which means that the Java plugin will no longer be available for that browser. For additional information, see

Impact for the UOW Learning Platform

The Java plugin is required to use some tools in EQUELLA and Moodle.


  • File Manager
  • In-place Editor


  • TinyMC Editor (Equation Editor) – changing the default editor to Atto will resolve the Java issue for Moodle as Atto is not Java-reliant

Temporary workaround

Between now and September 2015, Chrome can still be used with the following workaround. 

As of Chrome Version 42, an additional configuration step is required to continue using NPAPI plugins (Java):

1.   In your URL bar, enter: chrome://flags/#enable-npapi

2.   Click the Enable link for the Enable NPAPI configuration option

3.    Click the Relaunch button that now appears at the bottom of the configuration page

Long term

After September 2015, a different browser will be required, such as Firefox or Internet Explorer.

Contact UOW IMTS for assistance