Assignment submission 101

After many Redbulls and late nights you have finally finished that assignment, proofread it a million times and ensured everything is referenced correctly. You’re ready to be done with it – but how do you submit?

At Griffith, all assignment submission is online (yep, no need to come into the library, you can stay right there on your computer chair/bed, in your PJs).

Simply head to Learning@Griffith, load up your course site and locate the submission point (you’ll find it under the relevant Assessment folder in the left hand menu).

While the method of submission depends on what your course convener has chosen, the main two assessment tools used at Griffith are Turnitin and the Blackboard Assignment tool (this includes SafeAssign).

They’re as easy to use as Mi Goreng is to make – simply follow the prompts on the page. However if you need a little bit more help, you can find further information on these tools via the guides below:

Once you’ve clicked that Submit button, it’s a good practice to check your submission has been successful.

In Turnitin, when you have submitted successfully you will see a Digital Receipt appear in a popup window. It is a great idea to Print or Save a copy of this receipt.

In Blackboard Assignment tool, when you submit successfully you will receive a ‘Submission received’ email. You can also check under the Submitted tab in your My Marks area to see submission receipts for any assignments submitted via this tool.

After you’ve submitted, you’ll have an option to open the submitted file – to be safe, take a look through the file to ensure it has uploaded correctly.

Now that’s done, it’s time to wait and hope you’ve done enough for that 7 you’re aiming for (no ‘Ps get degrees’ mottos here, right?)!

If you do encounter any issues during the submission process (or post submission), you can easily access the Support Centre by clicking the little ? at the top right of your screen, or contact the wonderful IT Service Centre for further assistance.

 


PebblePad and Win!

Have you heard of PebblePad?

If not, let us enlighten you. In fact, there might even be some sweet $$moola$$ in it for you!

Enter the About Me Challenge listed below and you could win gift cards, coffee vouchers and PebblePad gifts.

PebblePad is a platform to collect, curate, create, communicate and share achievements, personal capabilities and professional skills via an electronic portfolio like Katherine, Rebecca and Sophie have.

Using PebblePad throughout your degree provides a wonderful opportunity to create an online portfolio where you can record your learning, achievements, skills and experiences and experiences gained during your time at Griffith on a digital platform that’s easy to update as you go.

You’ll be able to showcase your skills, what you have learnt, and what you have created, when looking for employment.

But step one is getting started.

Learning Futures are currently running a competition to help you stay ahead of the game, and learn how to use PebblePad so that when you do use it in a course you’ll already be comfortable with it: the About Me Challenge.

When
Now – Week 9 of Trimester 3 (12 January 2018)

What
There are two challenges. For Challenge 1, open up PebblePad and create an About Me portfolio that includes:

  • A Welcome page (Who am I?)
  • Curricular goals (Why am I at Griffith?)
  • Co-curricular and extracurricular activities (What do I do outside of class?)

For a chance to win even more prizes, why not continue on with Challenge 2? This includes:

  • Creating an ‘Aspirational Me in a Minute’ video
  • Reflection on your journey so far at Griffith, touching on progress on your goals from Challenge 1
  • Using the blog tool in PebblePad to tell us about an experience at Griffith that is helping you progress towards your career

Prizes
Go into the draw to win 2 x $50 Westfield gift cards, 2 x $50 Visa gift cards, PebblePad gifts and coffee vouchers

Need help?
Check out the PebblePad Student Support page

For further information and details on the challenges, visit the About Me page.


Need a computer? There’s an app for that!

Are you neck-deep in study and need a studious place with a studious computer to get it done? Need to know where computers are available at a campus near you? Good news everyone! There’s an app for that.

Common-use computers are available in all campus libraries and in our aptly-named computer labs. Some labs are open 24/7 and you can check out the library hours to see how long you can hang out.

You can even check if there are computers available in your favourite library or lab, before you trek all the way to uni.

If your assignment is a doozy that requires all sorts of specific software, you can find out if the lab you’re heading for is the best option by checking available software. More good news? All common-use computers come with Google, for any truly curly questions!


Today is Remembrance Day

Today, 11 November, is Remembrance Day: a day of commemoration where we remember the service men and women who lost their lives in wars, conflicts and peace operations.

On this day at 11am we pause for one minute of silence, to acknowledge the service and sacrifice of so many.

Australian men and women have acted as peacekeepers continuously since 1947. This has seen them serve in excess of fifty multinational operations in the past 70 years.

There is no change to the library hours on 11 November, however we welcome you to take the time to reflect and continue this tradition.


Free apps to help you give back

While we understand everyone goes through their own personal struggles, overall many of us are very lucky.

If you’ve got easy access to running water, a roof over your head, are attending an amazing university (that’s us, folks!), have food in your cupboard and money in your bank account (we know, you are students, this may be a stretch), you may want to take this opportunity to give back.

There are ample opportunities to volunteer. Though if you’re a commitment-phobe, and the idea of starting a new series on Netflix alone freaks you out, let alone committing to something more structured, it’s OK. Instead of opening up your Netflix, why not try another app?

The following three apps allow you to easily donate cash to a worthy cause. So if your pockets are feeling a bit heavy, and your hands are feeling a bit empty – grab your phone and get downloading!

GiveEasy – donate & give to your charity & cause

By GiveEasy
Cost: Free
Available: iTunes and Google Play
GiveEasy changes the future of giving. The App allows you to donate funds to appeals and charities directly from your credit card, anytime, anywhere. Your friends and colleagues are notified of your donations through Facebook and Twitter.

Good Thnx

By Good Thnx Pty Ltd
Cost: Free
Available: Google Play
When someone does good, say thnx! Good Thnx is a platform that rewards good behaviour by allowing people to say thank you, with the money going to charity in a contemporary new way. Write a message and add an amount for a charity or cause. It can be as little as 10c, or as much as you like. The thnx notifies your friend and they choose where the money goes.

Charity Miles

By Charity Miles
Cost: Free
Available: iTunes and Google Play
Strapped for cash but still want to give back? How about we throw in getting fitter at the same time? Simply open Charity Miles, choose a charity, and go! The app works like a walking meter, cycling meter, or running stopwatch, measuring the distance of your route. You earn money for the distance you travel, which goes to your elected charity (up to Charity Miles’ corporate sponsorship pool limit).


What’s new with Learning@Griffith?

Learning@Griffith is the University’s online learning and teaching environment, from which you can access your lecture notes, course readings, lecture recordings, and so much more.

As a diligent student, you’re probably way too familiar with Learning@Griffith – constantly logging on to check your learning content, stay up to date (and ahead!) on readings, revising lectures. Yep, you spend way more time on Learning@Griffing than Facebook and Reddit, right?

However there are a few nifty features available that you might not know about:

Support Centre

You may notice a new little Support? tab pop up in the top right-hand corner of your page. This is your link to the Learning@Griffith Support Centre.

Have you ever been on Learning@Griffith and confused, needed help, or just a bit more information? Wish you could get that with the click of a button? Well, now you can!

Clicking on the Support Centre icon will open the Support Centre pop-up box which includes:

  • Direct links to Ask Us questions – simply select the category of information you’re after, and see the relevant Ask Us results.
  • A search function, so you can search our self-help resources for the information you’re after.
  • Links to further support. Either phone us directly, or email from the Support Centre directly to support analyst (this is handy if you need to attach any content).

The Support Centre is a contextual help item. This means that the support centre will take into account which page you are on in order to provide you with the most relevant support resources.

Personalise page

Did you know you can personalise your Learning@Griffith page?

Sick of the standard colour palette? Change the theme to your favourite colours instead (though – sorry Henry Ford – there’s no black)! To do so simply click the Personalise Page option at the top of the Learning@Griffith home page.

You can also alter the location of modules on your homepage. Want your Important Links front and centre? Mouse over the top left of the module, and you’ll see a move icon appear which will allow you to drag and drop the module wherever you’d like it.

In fact, you can even add modules! Want a dictionary, calculator or note pad? Click the Add Module option at the top left of the homepage, and browse all our addable modules!


Where’s that bus? Wait no longer!

Griffith University graduate and hack-a-thon participatee Ian Murnane

Griffith Library held its inaugural Hack-a-thon event this year, where Griffith students were given 30 hours to work in a group to develop an app.

One of the students who participated was Ian Murnane, who has since graduated with a Bachelor of Information Technology and a Bachelor of Multimedia.

While Ian has left Griffith University behind, he certainly hasn’t stopped creating apps.

Enter the Android app Where’s That Bus. it was developed by Ian, and fellow Griffith University graduate Ferguson McBryde.

The app, which covers the Gold Coast to the Sunshine Coast, allows a user to see exactly where a bus is at any given time. It provides an ETA to within 30 seconds.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the desire to create Where’s The Bus came from the graduates’ own experiences.

‘We were students on student budgets, so we relied on public transport, but we were never able to see when buses would arrive,’ said Mr McBryde.

Mr Murnane soon realised the data they needed was already online and the app took shape.

‘I started to get information like GPS coordinates out of the Google Packet,’ he said. ‘Eventually we ended up with an app that allows you to actually see the buses driving around.’

Users can access the information by punching in their regular route or stop number.

The results will be displayed on a map along with real time information about the bus’ arrival. Thanks to feedback from fellow Griffith students, there’s also the option to bookmark favourites and see the direction of travel.

‘The information at the bus stop could say the next service is five minutes away, but you can check the app and see if it’s already gone past or running late,’ said Mr Murnane.

The app currently has a 4.9 star rating on Google Play.