eLearning Innovations and Partnerships in
Science and Engineering (eLIPSE)

Project Leaders, located in their respective schools, work with the eLIPSE-affiliated education designers and eLIPSE software developers.

If you are embarking on a project and wish to use eLIPSE software development services, contact the eLIPSE Business and Software Development Manager to discuss your needs.

The eLIPSE development team is currently working on, or has completed, the following projects.

Project Status Codes:
  • 1 .Scope/Specification
  • 2. Prototype (development)
  • 3. Prototype (refine)
  • 4. Document/Disseminate
  • 5. Implement/Research/Modify
Project Project Type Original CI Description Status
4D Construction Learning Environment Virtual site visits

Chris Landorf

A tool using 3-dimensional photographic surveys of a building under construction, captured at weekly intervals, to provide flexible learner interaction with a 'live' construction project.

Adaptive Language Testing Evaluation of student knowledge

Stephen Walker

A computer adaptive testing platform for discipline-specific, English language screening tests to identify linguistically at-risk students. Forked from the Open Source Concerto platform.

Agricultural Corridor Virtual field trips

Suresh Krishnasamy

A virtual field trip tool, which allows students to visit farms and agricultural facilities via 360 images linked to additional interactive resources. It is built on the Prism360 platform.

ASD - Autism Spectrum Disorders Academic support Lydia Kavanagh

A framework for supportive management and better educational outcomes for students with Asperger Syndrome.


Crucible Platform


Course content repository Gwen Lawrie

The Crucible platform was built to host ChemHub. It allows integration of common learning resources for a program or discipline, which were previously spread across multiple separate Blackboard sites, using a hub name tailored for the student client group. Academic staff are able to create their own hubs. Crucible hosts:

  • ChemHub, a laboratory learning website providing a foundation for multiple first year chemistry courses,
  • Lab in the Cloud, which allows remote delivery of computing-intensive courses, addressing challenges of bespoke computing environments or software, availability of hardware resources, incompatibility between software packages and incompatibility with students' own devices,
  • SAFS Hub, which provides easily accessible content and skills resources for first year Agriculture/Horticulture students, who have litttle background in biology but are stydying courses requiring thie knowledge, and
  • VetCloud, for Veterinary Science students.
eLearning Digital Repository Course content repository Chris Landorf

A searchable, web-based repository for a variety of digital resources (photographs, videos, virtual reality exercises, interviews and sound bites), facilitating their use across multiple courses and independent of individual Blackboard sites.

Getset Evaluation of student knowledge

Lydia Kavanagh

Liza O'Moore

Michael Jennings

An online pre-test of first year students that enables commencing students to self-test their readiness to study their chosen courses.  Getset measures a number of cognitive and non-cognitive factors shown to be significant predictors of academic success and provides individualised feedback to students. The Getset upgrade will be hosted on the Okapi platform.

Inclusive Education Academic support Gwen Lawrie

A web-based diagnostic tool contributing to a practitioner-led professional learning module that engages and values academics’ inclusive practice. This process involves the design and evaluation of a framework that provides a foundation and mechanism to deliver course-level inclusive-learning ‘health’ checks, engagement of academic practitioner leaders and strong partnerships with students.

the JourneyMaker (tJM) Curriculum design & mapping  Ian Cameron

A web-based curriculum design and visualisation tool to describe development of knowledge, skills, and personal attributes.

eLIPSE Learning Pathway Course content scaffolding Carl Reidsema

A navigational interface in Blackboard course sites that provides students with a clear visual roadmap through their course to help them stay on track.

pilot for centrally-supported version in train
Learning Resources Repository Course content repository Marnie Holt

A repository to store faculty-created learning resources used by multiple programs/disciplines. It enables resource searching and sharing, including with discipline hubs, e.g. VetCloud, and reduces duplication.

Molecular structure simulation Visual simulation Gwen Lawrie

A molecular structure simulation, part of the University of Colorado PhET project which provides open-source interactive, research-based simulations to help students engage in science and mathematics through inquiry.

My Career Adviser Student self-help Student Enrichment & Employability Development Unit

A self-paced program to access a range of online careers and employability resources, to anable students to map and refeclt on their career development.

MyCourses Course Coordinator support Peter Sutton

Functionality for Course Coordinators, enabling 1-click download of Si-net classes, email notifications of course enrolment changes (e.g., useful for managing teams) and creation of template emails to be sent to students who add or drop the course. MyCourses also provides a web-based mail merge tool with a simple interface to allow personalised messages to students.

Nutritious Tools Learning resources Helen Truby

An online toolbox providing a suite of resources that support early childhood nutrition education for those working in early childhood health or education, to be deployed on the Health and Wellbeing Queensland website.

Okapi Platform Adaptive quiz paths Marnie Holt

The Okapi platform is an adaptive quiz tool that facilitates pathways based on responses. Okapi hosts:

  • AS1170 Australian Standards Modules consisting of interactive and gamified content, educational videos and quizzes that deliver self-directed learning, and
  • the Getset upgrade.

Prism360 Platform

Virtual field trips/ site visits Gilda Carvalho

The Prism360 platform was built to host the Urban Water Engineering tool, and overcomes difficulties with large-cohort site visits that are problematic to organise. It facilitates virtual field trips/site visits, with a 360 panoramic image viewer that allows users to navigate through a 3-dimensional environment and access linked resources. Prism hosts:

  • Urban Water Engineering, which delivers an immersive and interactive walk-through of a wastewater treatment plant,
  • the 4D Construction Learning Environment that showcases the construction process of a facility, allowing students to travel through the process over time,
  • the Agricultural Corridor that allows students to embark on field trips to agricultural sites, which would otherwise be challenging to conduct, and
  • the Vet Skills Clinic (under development by the Faculty of Science in conjunction with UQ Skills) to introduce students to clinical spaces.
Semant Assessment / Feedback

Michael Drinkwater

Matt Davis

Performs semantic analysis on short answer Blackboard quiz questions to rapidly identify concepts students commonly struggle with.  Selected de-identified student responses can be used in class to focus discussion around common misconceptions and provide feedback to students.

ShiFoo Smart tutorials Richard Thomas

A coding task tool which supports students' development of key programming concepts. This redesign has made it web-based and facilitated collection of learning analytics. It has the potential to be adapted for non-coding disciplines in the future. ShiFoo brings together MyPyTutor and MyJavaTutor.

SmartAss Assessment Michael Jennings

An open-access online question and worked solution generator, that covers a wide range of fundamental mathematical, statistical and quantitative skills.

TeamAnneal Team formation Peter Sutton

Team formation software tool that allows groups to be formed based on specified constraints e.g. learning analytics, business analytics or preferences.

Think.Chat.Learn Peer learning

Carl Reidsema

Supports peer learning around challenging problems or concepts. Think.Chat.Learn was originally called MOOCchat and is built on the MOOCchat platform. The platform was also used to house the Balance of Nature tool, an online module that encourages students to confront their understanding of a concept through staged and reflective examination of their perceptions.

Urban Water Engineering Virtual site visits

Gilda Carvalho

A virtual site visit to a wastewater treatment plant, facilitating 360-degree views on a walk-through. It is built on the Prism360 platform.

U21 Self-reflection Toolkit Student self-help Student Enrichment & Employability Development Unit

Provides guidance based on UQ's reflection framework for staff, students and alumni on how to effectively reflect on their experiences, to determine where they sit in their employability journey. The website includes a comprehensice overview of how to practice self-refeldxtion, case studies from across the U21 network, and resources for students, facilitators and alumni.

BrainCloud Virtual whiteboard Lydia Kavanagh

Used to obtain student feedback and large class opinion in real-time.  The tool generated online, live, evolving word clouds from student responses using personal devices (e.g. smart phones, iPads, tablets, or laptops). The concept has been deployed across UQ as UQwordcloud.

centrally supported

WebPA(f) Team Peer Assessment Lydia Kavanagh

Web-based peer-evaluation tool used to evaluate individual contributions to teamwork.  The system manages the collection of student responses, calculates Peer Assessment Factors (PAFs) and SAPAs (Self-Assessment over Peer Assessment), and facilitates moderation via a user-friendly dashboard. Teaching staff can use student comments, PAFs, and SAPAs to identify dysfunctional teams and put appropriate support strategies in place.  It has been deployed across UQ as the Group Peer Assessment tool.

centrally supported
Advisor Tool Academic Advising Peter Sutton

A web-based academic advising tool to enable students and academic advisors to create and store study plans that meet the program requirements for the student’s degree program, taking into account, e.g., credit for previous study, course prerequisites, semesters of offering.

no longer in use
Casper Discussion board Jeremy Herbert

An online Q&A tool that facilitated student-student and student-teacher interaction in large classes.

no longer in use
Help! Student self-help Lydia Kavanagh

A scalable, systematic approach to course communication, embedded in Blackboard.  Help! directed students to the appropriate resource or person to answer their queries (who could be themselves, peers or staff).  The system helped track and analyse students’ requests for help and ensured efficient communication.

no longer in use
Learning Pathway Student Dashboard Benchmarking Carl Reidsema

Used learning analytics to provide students with individually-tailored dashboard representations of their learning and achievement.

no longer in use