What is DTeach?

DTeach is designed as an online ‘go to’ site that assists you to rethink curriculum design and use digital technologies in your teaching practice. The resources include: instructions for making videos and using collaborative tools; a learning map for designing assessment and feedback in CloudDeakin; and links to faculty resources.

The following topics provide explanatory guides that will help you implement some of the teaching strategies and practices we have recommended in How to teach inclusively and Create Accessible Content.


To fully understand the functionality and capabilities of Deakin's digital learning environment, we recommend you begin with the following guides:


Explore how to use these assessment tools:

  • Assignments: check submission times; grade assignments; leave feedback; return submissions with comments; download assignments as zip files; and sort assignments by students.
  • Turnitin Feedback Studio: how to view the Originality Report and interpret similarity scores to determine if there is any plagiarism Learn how to use GradeMark to mark students' assignments.
  • Assignments: mark your submissions using your iPad offline and synchronise your graded assignments when you are online.
  • Quizzes create, categorise, store, manage, publish and grade questions you set for your students to respond to.
  • Self Assessments: create non-assessable quizzes with automated feedback which students can access in order to reinforce their learning.
  • Surveys: create surveys that allow you to monitor unit trends and opinions and assess student satisfaction.
  • FAQs: a central, shared repository for the questions you create, copy, and import.
  • Respondus: create and manage quizzes offline and then publish them directly to CloudDeakin.
  • Grading assignments: use grade book to set up your evaluation and assessment.
  • Rubrics: evaluate an activity or item based on a predefined set of criteria.
  • Checklists: highlight important or required assignments, readings or other items to be completed by your students.

Digital teaching and communication technologies

Online technologies are a great way to encourage digital literacy, self-managed learning, problem-solving, student engagement, and collaboration. Try using the following tools to enhance your inclusive teaching practice:

Tracking student progress

The following online tools can save you time and help you keep track of student progress:

  • FAQs: saves response time in answering student queries.
  • Classlist: a helpful tool for contacting your students and monitoring their progress.
  • Class Progress: will track students’ overall progress in a unit using nine different progress indicators.
  • Intelligent Agents: sends an automatic email to students who fail to post to a discussion topic, have not accessed the Study Guide or do not submit an assessment.

Creating videos

Videos provide an alternative way of engaging students and are particularly valuable when teaching to learners of differing abilities and capacities. Don't forget to ensure your video content is accessible.

Create videos using these tools:

  • Camtasia: for longer videos—capture, edit and produce movies in shareable formats for both PC and MAC.
  • Desktop Recorder: record presentations, learning modules and tutorials from your office or home workstation and include content such as PowerPoints, demonstrations, websites, your voice and the video from your webcam.

Other useful guides:

Reflective practice

Reflect and improve on your teaching practice using the student feedback tool eVALUate.

Leading Courses handbook

The Leading Courses (PDF, 5.8MB) handbook, which comprises 11 downloadable PDF chapters, answers all your questions about curriculum design and delivery. While it is aimed primarily for course directors, teaching staff may find Chapter 4: Course Delivery and Chapter 5: Assessment and Feedback of interest.


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