The Open Course Scheme (OCS) provides an opportunity for staff to visit classrooms to observe the great teaching happening at UQ.

In Semester 2, 2020, the scheme will focus on teaching via Zoom.

A small range of courses are open to show how some of our lecturers are using Zoom to engage with students, and another course is open to demonstrate an outdoor teaching experience.

Benefits of attending an open course

We hope that any UQ staff member interested in teaching and learning will find observing a course to be an interesting, informative and valuable experience.

Whether you are a novice or an expert, watching someone else teach is a great way to get new ideas, see pedagogies (that you may have only heard or read about) being implemented, rediscover old favourites or find comfort in your own teaching achievements.

Participants in the programs Teaching@UQ (for new academics and academics new to UQ) and Graduate Teaching Associates visit classes as part of their learning experience.

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How does the scheme work?

There are usually around 30 courses to choose from each semester in the Open Course Scheme. However, this semester, we are featuring a smaller number of lecturers who adapted to teaching via Zoom in Semester 1 and are teaching again this semester, and another course coordinator who is piloting an outdoor teaching experience at UQ.

Most courses are open for the entire semester, but each course coordinator determines their own class availability, and will only open the class at times which are suitable.

Course selection

Courses can be nominated by anyone at UQ. Many of the open courses we have featured have been recommended to ITaLI, some have been self-nominated, and others have come to our attention through the awards process. To be included in the scheme, courses must be a good example of their type, interesting and well-maintained.

Scheme administration

ITaLI administers the Open Course Scheme. The ITaLI website informs visitors which courses are open each semester, and directs users to a booking site to arrange their visit.

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How do I attend an open course?

View the list of courses available for Semester 2, 2020

To attend an open course, first select the class you wish to visit, then click the booking link provided. You will be directed to Eventbrite to complete the booking process.

Once your booking is confirmed, you will receive an email ticket which you may save to your calendar. A similar ticket is sent to the host academic so they know when to expect you. If you are unable to attend the class you have booked, please go to Eventbrite and cancel your booking.

  • How to get the Zoom link: your ticket will have either the Zoom link for the class you will attend, or the course coordinator’s email address for you to email them to ask for the Zoom link.
  • If you are attending the outdoor teaching experience: your ticket will have the location of the class you will visit.

Please take the time to complete the OCS survey (2 minutes average) to tell us what you valued from your visit and give us feedback on the administration of the scheme. The survey can be accessed from the link on the reminder ticket you will receive on the day of your visit.

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Blackboard courses

UQ staff can use 'Guest Access' to view the online presence of courses at the University.

Information about visiting a course Blackboard site is available on the eLearning website.

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Opening your course to visitors

If you are an academic who would like to open your course to visitors or recommend another academic’s course, please send an email to

During the semester

Once a visitor has booked to attend your open course, you will receive an email ticket letting you know who is coming and when. Some host academics like to encourage visitors to participate in the class, and some visitors may wish to talk to you afterwards about the teaching and learning they have seen.

During the semester, ITaLI will manage all inquiries, bookings and feedback. If you make any changes to the availability of your course in any semester, please let us know via as soon as possible. You will be sent any feedback we receive about your class at the end of semester.

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Open courses for Sem 2, 2020

Want to learn from your peers and see how they adapted to online teaching and assessment? There are over 10 courses to choose from, and one course will even pilot an outdoor teaching space.

Learn more and book