Are you new to Macquarie and want some training on the technologies used for teaching? Perhaps you are convening a unit for the first time or just seeking a refresher. Either way, training is available not just for iLearn, but other key learning technologies too – Gradebook, Turnitin, Echo360 and more.

3 key links to all the help you need

There are facilitated workshops, self-paced modules and loads of user guides that are designed for you to get the most out of iLearn (and other learning technologies) whatever your teaching context.

See all dates/times of available workshops running this session and register here. These are guided workshops where you will have the opportunity to be hands on with the technology and ask questions as you go.

View the list of technology learning modules you can access anytime that suits you.

Visit the Technology and Tools site for user guides and detailed instructions.

Need technology-specific help? Here’s how to find it


iLearn Basics for Unit Convenors (self-paced module)An online module built within the iLearn platform that provides an introduction to the basic features of iLearn you will use as a Unit Convenor – navigating, adding & editing content, posting announcements, using forums and the dialogue tool. 90 minutesAccess module
iLearn Basics for Unit Convenors (facilitated workshop)A hands-on introduction to using iLearn: navigating, adding & editing content, posting announcements, using forums and the dialogue tool. 90 minute Zoom workshop.Register for workshop:
10 July 10.30-12
18 July 10.30-12
Teaching in iLearn for Tutors (self-paced module)An online module that provides an introduction for Tutors on the features you will use in iLearn.  It will take around 60 minutes to complete.Access module
Teaching in iLearn for Tutors (facilitated workshop)This workshop is designed for Tutors or Teaching Assistants who will be teaching with iLearn. It provides an overview of iLearn, how to access student work online, use forums and make announcements. Ideal for casual academic tutors or teaching assistants who are not responsible for building or editing content but need to access student work in iLearn such as online assignments, quizzes and forums. 90 mins Zoom workshop.Register for workshop:
6 August 10.30-12
iLearn Gradebook (self-paced module)An online module that provides training on the features and functionality of the iLearn Gradebook.  It will take around 60 minutes to complete.Access module
iLearn Gradebook (facilitated workshop)Learn how to use the functions of Gradebook in iLearn to manage student grades and information including viewing, adding, editing, auto-calculating weightings, releasing and exporting grades.Register for workshop:
7 August 10-11.30
iLearn Quick Guides for staffQuick guides to navigate in iLearn, set up your unit, and add content such as forums, activities, quizzes etc.Access guides
iLearn Quick Guides for StudentsThe iLearn for students website has information to help students login and navigate around iLearn as well as how to use all the assessment, activity and communication features that they will need for their learning.Access to student guides
iTeach Quick GuidesLearn how to create and publish unit guides in iTeach and make them available to students.Access guides

Echo360 Universal Capture (lecture recording)

Echo360 Universal Capture (self-paced module)This module provides an overview of the Echo360 software, how you can integrate it into your teaching, and steps you through how to create, edit and upload videos.  35 minutes.Access module
Echo360 quick guidesA comprehensive set of guides for using ECHO360, Macquarie’s lecture recording system.Access guides

Turnitin: Feedback Studio

Turnitin Feedback Studio (self-paced module) Provides an overview of the Feedback Studio software and how to integrate this technology in your teaching.  It will take around 45 minutes to complete.Access module
Turnitin: Rubrics (self-paced module)Provides an overview of the rubrics and how to integrate this technology in your teaching.  It will take around 30 minutes to complete.Access module
Turnitin: Feedback Studio and Rubrics (facilitated workshop)Workshop provides a hands-on opportunity to learn how to set up and use the features in Feedback Studio, Quickmarks and Rubrics to provide feedback to students. 90-minute Zoom workshop.Register for workshop:
14 August 10.30-12
29 August 1.30-12
Turnitin and Feedback Studio Quick guidesQuick guides for using Turnitin to check for plagiarism in student assignments and using Feedback Studio to grade and provide online feedback for assignments.Access guides

Zoom for teaching

Zoom for teaching (self-paced module)Learn how to set up and work with – and in – Zoom for learning and teaching: practical tips and techniques, using basic Zoom functions, recommended set-up options, tweaking default options and how to make your Zoom teaching sessions more interactive and engaging. 45 minutes.Access module
Zoom teaching in 1CC (Central Courtyard)The complete guide to using the technology in 1CC for teaching a face-to-face or blended class.Access guide
Zoom quick start guideIf it’s your first time teaching online via Zoom then this quick start guide will get you up and running.Access guide

Generative AI

AI as your time saving and creative teaching assistant (in-person facilitated workshop)Useful examples for using AI to streamline lesson planning, improve the quality of explanations and examples, and improve the flow of the teaching session. 90 minsRegister for a workshop:
30 July 11-12.30
24 September 2-3.30
1 November 12-1.30

Top tips to get set up for the start of session

1. Check your Gradebook is set up correctly

The first thing is to determine if all of the assessments have been created (e.g. Turnitin Assignments, Quizzes, Forums). These online activities will automatically create a column in the Gradebook for you. Once that is complete, it will be much easier to manipulate the categories and grade items in the Gradebook. Since there are many variations on how to manage the assessment weightings, we have comprehensive guides on how to check if your Gradebook is set up correctly.

2. Review your Turnitin settings

When you clone your unit over to a new session, the Turnitin assignments do not clone over with it, so these will have to be created manually again. This is a great chance to check if all the settings are correct (e.g. Originality report visibility, allowing re-submissions and due/post dates). See the Turnitin quick guides for step-by-step instructions.

3. Create assignment rubrics

Rubrics can be created when you select Launch Rubric Manager but its important to remember that it is not attached to the assignment until you select it from dropdown list in the assignment settings. Read more about Rubrics.

4. Schedule your live streams on your Echo360 page

At the start of session, set up each class with dates and times on your unit’s ECHO360 page. You can reuse a past recording by firstly finding it in your ECHO360 library and then sharing it. View this Teche Post for answers to the top 10 frequently asked questions about using Echo360. Access the self-paced ECHO360 Universal Capture Module to understand how to create and upload your own recorded media.

4. Try different options for adding iLearn Content?

There are many different types of content that you can add to your iLearn unit. We have comprehensive guides for adding Content for more information. View how one MQ educator is using iLearn Workbooks.

5. Ensure your iLearn site follows the recommended template

Follow these 5 steps to ensure your iLearn unit is laid out according to the university-wide iLearn template so that your unit meet the MQ Online Learning Standards.

Further reading

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The Learning and Teaching Staff Development team works with staff across the University to ensure they are supported to facilitate quality learning for students. This includes offering professional development, contributing to curriculum and assessment design, recognising and rewarding good practice, supporting peer review of teaching, and leading scholarly reflection. Email with questions or requests.

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