Digital Practices Lab

The Digital Practices Lab is a collaborative environment for students and staff across all disciplines at UQ to share digital teaching practices and experiences and develop digital resources and skills. The Digital Practices Lab is supported by staff from the Library and the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI).

Connect and collaborate

 Connect and collaborate

UQ staff, discover new digital practices by joining our Digital Practices community on Microsoft Teams. The community is a supportive environment where you can talk to other academic and professional staff about your practice and discuss your ideas.

  • Learn from other teachers and professional staff and share your expertise and experiences
  • Find, create, adopt and adapt open books for your courses using Open Texbooks @ UQ
  • Co-create digital learning resources with staff and students
  • Learn about privacy and data implications of using different digital tools
  • Learn more about aspects of the UQ student experience, including data on the most common IT issues students experience in their courses.



Digital practices

Support from ITaLI

Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI) provides services for teaching staff and students to support connections, engagement and learning.

eLearning tools

Find UQ recommended eLearning tools to use in your courses, including assessment, audiovisual, active learning and collaborative tools.

UQ Assessment ideas factory

The UQ Assessment Ideas Factory is a searchable database of assessment techniques. Course coordinators can use the database to find assessment techniques that promote active learning.

Ensure your teaching curriculum and reading lists represent the diverse student voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
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Digital Practices Lab Fellowships
We will be providing a fellowship to promote high quality digital practices to enhance the student experience. Successful applicants will receive a grant to support their project.
UQ’s response to COVID-19 has identified the need for a UQ digital learning uplift. The goal is to further UQ’s digital learning capability by building partnerships between Schools, ITaLI and beyond. These partnerships will be developed through projects aligned with strategic priorities.

The UQ student experience

Click to find out what you have already told us about your experiences with digital practices as a UQ student. Tell us more about your experiences to help us improve.

UQ students have told us:

In the 2020 Library Student Survey, you told us what is important to you to help your learning:

Free and easy access to textbooks and required readings to save time and money.

Access to apps that make it easier to perform tasks, get information and get things done. For example - assignment schedules and deadlines, recommend workshops, book available study rooms and get help.

A wider range of related materials for courses, including videos and other formats, to help them "understand more comprehensively".

The ability to customise reading lists to track progress and make notes.

Tell us more...

UQ students - Your feedback gives us a valuable insight into what works well for you and what causes problems. It helps us to improve our digital practices. This form has 4 quick questions to answer about your digital experiences. Your responses will be anonymous:

Complete our Digital learning form 

We will add the results here after we close each poll. Check back to find out about others' experiences.

Open textbooks and Open educational resources (OER)

Buying textbooks for your courses can be expensive. Open textbooks are free to access and offer an alternative to the use of traditionally published eTextbooks. Open Textbooks @ UQ is an open textbook creation platform. The site will allow teachers to create their own open books, partner with students to create open books and adapt existing open books. The open textbooks can include interactivity, links to media and published books can be downloaded in a range of formats.

Benefits for students

  • No need to purchase a textbook.
  • Access to the open book from the first day of class.
  • Access to the open book beyond graduation.

Open educational resources (OER) are educational materials, including open textbooks, that are licensed in ways that allow us to legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them.

Other learning resources for use in courses

Click each section for instructions and tips on using these digital resources:

Digital Essentials

The Digital Essentials suite of modules cover different digital capabilities for using UQ systems, completing assignments, creating content and working with information.

You can also check the Graduate attributes tables for the attributes that have been assigned to each module.

Staff can embed the modules into their courses and  also track their student’s completion by downloading and embedding the H5P quizzes.

LinkedIn Learning courses

Find out about LinkedIn Learning online courses. LinkedIn Learning is one of the largest and most popular software and skills training websites and is free for UQ students and staff.

  • Students can learn different skills for their courses and to improve their employabilty.
  • Staff can create collections of LinkedIn Learning courses to support course content.


Librarian Team

Contact the Librarian Team for tailored training and support for your courses.

Digital practices

 Email for support to:

  • make your teaching and learning content accessible
  • develop your digital skills.

Teaching and learning

 Contact the Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITaLI) for help with:

  • Designing assessment
  • Course development
  • Technology enhanced learning