Randomly shuffle questions to generate new assignments and keep peer feedback anonymous.
Automatically collect a wealth of data. Quickly assess the state of your class and keep your students on track.
Students receive far more feedback, quicker than ever before, helping them take control of their learning.
Platypus is a web application that manages assessments from beginning to end. Platypus handles the: relase of assignments, presentation and submission of solutions and marking with feedback from peers and tutors. For assessments, Platypus can entirely replace and surpass Blackboard. Platypus offers a model more appropriate for the large classes of modern universities.
Platypus is not just an idea. A prototype has been in beta testing since 2013. Currently, this prototype serves several courses at the University of Queensland. Platypus 2 is in planning and full-time development is set to begin later this year. The ultimate goal of Platypus is to provide a smooth workflow for teachers and students, while giving students prompt, detailed feedback on their work.
Surya is a Senior Lecturer in Mechatronics at the University of Queensland. He leads the Platypus project and oversees its development.
Kosta is postdoctoral researcher in Mechatronics at the University of Queensland.
Luke is a developer using web technology to build the next generation of educational software.
Would you be interested in previewing Platypus? Perhaps you're an educator interested in beta testing, you're a developer in the education space, or you're just curious.
Major Platypus developments will be reported here.