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Craig has a PhD in history and has worked at the intersection of all things digital and teaching and learning in the humanities for many years. He is one of the founders of the Australasian Association for Digital Humanities (aaDH) and has worked in the area of ''digital humanities'' at Kings College London and the University of Virginia. Presently he is a eLearning academic for Victoria University based at Nicholson Campus and is keen to explore and advance best-practice for teaching the humanities using digital tools and methods.

WebCT decommissioned end of 2014

Attention all ex WebCT users -

At the end of 2014, WebCT will be decommissioned and you will no longer be able to access content stored in that system. In order to prepare for the cut-off date you need to consider carefully whether to backup/export/migrate any content you may have.  This needs to be done before 22nd December 2014.  It will not be possible to retrieve the content after this date.

Should I export or migrate?

If you have an entire unit’s worth of re-usable materials on WebCT, such as quizzes, then migrating will be the easiest option. However, if you only have a few files, such as Word documents, PDF’s and PowerPoints, then it will be much easier to download or export them yourself.  You can then upload the files directly into VU Collaborate when required.

For more support and answers to common queries on WebCT migration, refer to our FAQs.

Please note:

  • Migration does NOT create live delivery spaces for teaching.  These must be created via the “Space Creation" process.  Migration is only for the purpose of transitioning content from WebCT to VU Collaborate so that it is available for reuse - this allows you access to previous files, folders and announcements you created in WebCT, to save time rather than uploading/creating again.
  • You can only request to migrate 2013 and 2014 shells.  If you wish to reuse content from prior to 2013, you will instead need to export it.
  • Student data will NOT come across as part of migration. If you need to back up student grades/results/Turnitin assignments, you can do this via Turnitin or Grades bulk export options. If you need further support, please contact ITS Service Desk.
  • Some other activities  (e.g. Assessment Dropboxes, grade columns) will also not come across, but you can recreate these in VU Collaborate later as needed. Training sessions to support in creating grades and assessments in VU Collaborate will be available early 2015.
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    How do I request to migrate?

    1. Go to the VU Collaborate Help site.
    2. Login using the “Staff Login” button on the top right hand corner of the page - use your normal login credentials.  
    3. Go to Home > WebCT Migration (or use the following direct link: https://blendedlearning.vu.edu.au/home/webct-migration.html).
    4. Make sure you understand what content is migrated - read the information about migration on the above page, and on the WebCT Migration Considerations page, before proceeding.
    5. Fill in the WebCT Shell Migration Request form for EACH WebCT shell you wish to migrate:
    6. Search for the unit code/name within the “Search for a shell” area just above the listings to locate your WebCT shell. If you have more than one shell, refer to the year, teaching period and campus details to select the best/most recent one to migrate content from.
    7. Check the number and details next to the 'Show enrolment applications' to confirm whether you or another member of your team have not already requested the shell to be migrated.
    8. Click on the 'Add' button to register your request.
    9. You will receive an email confirmation with summary details of the WebCT shell you have requested for content migration.
    10. Repeat process for any additional units/shells you need migrated. Please note: For units where you deliver the same/similar content but split over multiple shells/spaces for different campuses, it’s best to migrate one shell only, in order to get the core content for use. You can then copy the content as needed into your new live Delivery Spaces, after Space Creation.
    11. When the content has been migrated, you should receive confirmation that this has occurred. You can then log in to VU Collaborate (via MYVU Portal) to access the migrated content – a new VU Collaborate Space with a similar name will be listed in your ‘My Spaces’ list.

    If you encounter issues with the Migration request form, please ensure you are logged in to the site first (top right hand corner “Staff Login”) using Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari, and try again. For support with migration requests or with exporting content or student data, contact ITS Service Desk on 9919 2777 for further assistance.

    Kind regards,

    The Blended Learning Team

     

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    Have your say about VU Collaborate

    Dear all VU Collaborate users

    Having now used VU Collaborate for a semester – we would like to hear about your experiences with the new learning management system and our support of it.  

    Please take 10 minutes to provide your feedback via the online Staff survey at:

    https://vuau.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9TY6WQ0YzbMZxlP

    We have already run a similar survey with students about their experiences with VU Collaborate in S2 and received over 350 responses.

    This student and staff feedback will guide improvements for 2015, ensuring our online learning environment is as user-friendly as possible and aligns with user needs.

    I look forward to hearing your views via the survey before COB Friday 5th December.

    Best wishes

    Lisa

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    Dr Lisa Germany

    Associate Director Learning Environments

    Centre for Collaborative Learning and Teaching

    Victoria University

    PO Box 14428, Melbourne VIC 8001 Australia

     

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    New collaborative and informal learning spaces now available at Footscray Nicholson

    The refurbishment of several classrooms in the southern wing of Footscray Nicholson building D Levels 3 & 4 has now been completed.    This also completes the installation of air-conditioning into the northern wing of learning spaces on Level 3 of the building.

    These spaces now offer:

    D419 – large informal study space open to ALL students at Footscray Nicholson.  It cannot be booked for teaching.   It includes 3 bookable group work “pods” with writable surfaces and an LCD screen that will be on the Library booking system for students.

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      D322 – an innovative, collaborative learning space with a “briefing area”, “studio space” suitable for technology and non-technology projects and a “brainstorming” space with large amounts of writable surface

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    D320 – collaborative learning space with standard projection system, lots of writable surfaces and “node chairs”.  These are chairs on castors with tables that can be quickly moved into any configuration for whole of class discussion through to small group work.

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    D320 And D321 - large collaborative learning spaces with movable triangular collaborative tables, standard projection system and lots of writable surfaces.

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    If you are interested in 

  • Investigating different use cases for these spaces
  • Being timetabled into the spaces for 2015
  • Willing to be part of the evaluation of these spaces in S1, 2015
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  • Please contact Lisa Germany ( x4079 ;  lisa.germany@vu.edu.au).   Lisa is hoping to hold some workshops in early December around these spaces and will be running the evaluation of them in S1, 2015.    I am keen to get people into these rooms that will utilise the collaborative features and be able to provide feedback on what works and does not work so well so that this can be fed into future learning space designs for VU.
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    Help us improve the Learning & Teaching website

    CCLT and Web Services are looking to improve the Learning & Teaching website over the coming months.  

    To ensure we redesign the Learning & Teaching website in a responsive way, we have developed an anonymous, short, online-survey for completion by staff that have used the site (open from now until 21 November 2014).

    What does the survey cover?

    Participants are asked questions regarding the content, ease of use, and general quality of the Learning & Teaching website.

    How long does the survey take to complete?

    Approximately 5 – 10 minutes, depending on the level of detail you provide.

    Participating

    The more responses we get from teaching staff, the greater the likelihood we will redesign the website according to you needs.   We would appreciate it if you could take the time to complete the survey

    Link

    The survey can be found at:

    https://vuau.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5C03iHFjnMSNMmp

    If you have any questions about the project or the survey, please contact Judy at judy.shaul@vu.edu.au

    Judy Shaul

    DigitalProducer (Learning & Teaching)

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    Closing down WebCT – you need to prepare

    At the end of 2014, WebCT will be decommissioned and you will no longer be able to access content stored in that system.

    In order to prepare for this cut-off, you now need to consider carefully what content you have in WebCT and decide whether you need to backup/export/migrate any of it.  This needs to be done before 22nd December 2014.  It will not be possible to retrieve the content after this date.

    Should I export or migrate?

    If you have a whole unit’s worth of materials you wish to transfer into VU Collaborate, then migrating will be the easiest option. Likewise, if you have a lot of announcements you wish to re-use, or if you have several quizzes.

    Please note:

    • You can only request to migrate 2013 and 2014 shells.  If you wish to reuse content from prior to 2013, you will need to export it.
    • Student data will NOT come across as part of migration. If you need to back up student grades/results/Turnitin assignments, you can do this via the export process.   
    • Migration does NOT create live delivery spaces for teaching.  These must be created via the “Space Creation” process.  Migration is only for the purpose of transitioning content from WebCT to VU Collaborate so that it is available for reuse.

    If you only have a few resources (e.g. files such as Word documents, PDF’s, PowerPoints), then it will be quicker and easier to export them yourself.  You can then import them into VU Collaborate spaces later as needed.

    How do I request to migrate?

    1. Go to the WebCT Migration page on the VU Collaborate Help site
    2. Login with your normal login credentials (top right hand corner “Staff Login”)
    3. Read the information about migration including the WebCT Migration Considerations and Exporting Content from WebCT pages
    4. Click on the “proceed to request” button.   You will need the following information to request a shell:
    • Name of Shell
    • Unit code
    • Year and teaching period/semester
    • Who needs access to the old content

    If you encounter issues with the Migration request form, please ensure you are logged in to the site first (top right hand corner “Staff Login” and try again. For support with migration requests or with exporting content or student data, contact ITS Service Desk on 9919 2777 for further assistance.

    Kind regards,

    The Blended Learning Team

     

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    VU Collaborate Space Creation: Important information

     

    The newly released VU Collaborate Manager (VUCM) introduces an efficient and instantaneous process for creating VU Collaborate delivery spaces. This important information details who is responsible for creating VU Collaborate Spaces and how to access and use VUCM.

    VU Collaborate

    VU Collaborate is Victoria University’s online Learning Management System.  It incorporates technologies to help address the contemporary challenges of teaching; including tools for course management, student feedback, and creating interactive and personalised learning experiences.

    VU Collaborate Manager (VUCM)

    VU Collaborate Manager (VUCM) replaces the previous “Blackboard Integration” system. The new system links VU Collaborate to VU Connect so that students are automatically enrolled in Spaces.   College-appointed “Space Creators” are responsible for creating delivery spaces for VU Collaborate.  

    Space Creators

    The Directors Learning and Teaching have determined the Space Creators for each College  (ie. those staff with the responsibility of creating delivery spaces for VU Collaborate). Using VUCM Space Creators can create delivery spaces as soon as enrolment data is available in VU Connect. The space will be available as soon as it is created, so there is no waiting period (you can easily find out here who the registered Space Creators are in your College). If you believe your Unit does not have an allocated Space Creator please discuss this with your Director Learning & Teaching.

    Non-Space Creators

    If you are not registered as a Space Creator you will still have access to VUCM but only to create and manage your personal Sandpit Spaces.

    I am a Space Creator - How do I create VU Collaborate Spaces?

    The Blended Learning Team has produced step-by-step help resources to guide you through this process, including:

    You will need to have Staff Connect/VU Connect access to verify information in VU Collaborate Manager for accuracy.   If you do not already have Staff Connect access, please fill in the Access Request Form

     Training

    The Blended Learning Team is offering face-to-face training to assist Space Creators in the use of VUCM, especially in terms of understanding the data that needs to be retrieved from VU Connect.  Please book in for training through the Blended Learning Help site. Go to the Training & Events tab at:  https://blendedlearning.vu.edu.au then choose ‘Training Calendar’. Ensure you login via the ‘Staff Login’ button in order to register for a session.

    A number of sessions across key campuses (SA, FP, CF, CQ) are available, beginning 20th October, 2014. Sessions are titled “Creating Delivery Spaces for VU Collaborate using VU Collaborate Manager”.

    How do I access VU Collaborate Manager

    VU Collaborate Manager is accessed via a link under the ‘Application Access’ menu in MYVU Portal.

     

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    Want to be a Space Creator?

    In order to create a VU Collaborate space for delivery of classes you need to be a Space Creator on the new "VUCollaborate Manager" (VUCM).

    Designated staff with the Space Creator role are responsible for creating delivery Spaces for their College in VUCM.

    In order to become a Space Creator, you will need to contact your Director of Learning and Teaching. Once you have been registered as a Space Creator you will be able to log into the VU Collaborate Manager via MYVUPortal and create VU Collaborate delivery spaces.

    Space Creators

    The Directors Learning and Teaching have determined the Space Creators for each College  (ie. those staff with the responsibility of creating delivery spaces for VU Collaborate). Using VUCM Space Creators can create delivery spaces as soon as enrolment data is available in VU Connect. The space will be available as soon as it is created, so there is no waiting period (you can easily find out here who the registered Space Creators are in your College). If you believe your Unit does not have an allocated Space Creator please discuss this with your Director Learning & Teaching.

    The Blended Learning Team has produced step-by-step help resources to guide you through this process, including:

  • Using VUCM to create VU Collaborate spaces guides
  • Information on different space types,
  • Space creation information
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    Blended Learning Team

    Centre for Collaborative Learning and Teaching
    Victoria University
    Melbourne Australia

    http://blendedlearning.vu.edu.au/

     

     

     

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    VU Collaborate, Rubrics now available

     

    The Blended Learning Team has created sample Rubrics for you to download and use in your VU Collaborate space.

    Rubrics are an assessment tool used to evaluate an activity or item based on a predefined set of criteria. They help ensure that activities and items are evaluated fairly and consistently. Rubrics provide an opportunity to easily give detailed feedback to students.

    We have created 11 sample Rubrics covering essays, oral presentation, e-portfolio, etc.

    In order to use the Rubric, download the zip file and import it into your space using the import course component tool in VU Collaborate. Once the rubric has been imported you can edit the rubric to suit your context. You can find the rubric samples here: https://blendedlearning.vu.edu.au/downloads/sample-rubrics.html

    More information about how to import course components in VU Collaborate is available here: https:/blendedlearning.vu.edu.au/help/course-design-administration/30-space-administration/524-import-components.html

     

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    VU Collaborate and Blended Learning training sessions – new sessions announced

     The Blended Learning team has just announced new training sessions for VU Collaborate and other key blended learning tools and activities. This includes:

    • New VU Collaborate Part A sessions – workshops which support staff in adding content and communication tools within VU Collaborate – useful for instructors and Co-ordinators.
    • Online presentations/webinars – typically 1 hour lunchtime sessions on a range of different topics. These can be accessed from any location and aim to support staff who may be on the go or unable to attend a face-to-face session.

    For further information and to book in for a session, please visit http://blendedlearning.vu.edu.au/training/training-calendar.html.

    Note: Please log in first using the ‘Staff Login’ button on the top right corner, in order to register to attend a training session.

    New and additional sessions are being added regularly so we encourage you to check back on a regular basis to stay up to date. Additionally, you can subscribe to our blog to stay abreast of updates via email.

    On campus support

    Training sessions not at times or locations that suit you? Do you need support on a specific item not covered in a training session?

    Remember, we also offer 1-1 on campus support on multiple locations. For details regarding support on your campus and how to book an appointment, refer to our On Campus Support blog post.

    Getting Help

    If you experience issues with issues with VU Collaborate or blended learning tools, please:

    Regards,

    Blended Learning Team

    Centre for Collaborative Learning and Teaching

    PVC Learning and Teaching
    Victoria University
    CRICOS Provider No. 00124K (Melbourne)
    CRICOS Provider No. 02475D (Sydney)

     

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    Securely Exiting VU Collaborate

    Victoria University has implemented a ‘single sign-on’ system through MYVU Portal.  Single sign is an effective means to access many of the key databases and system at Victoria University without having to sign onto each one individually.

     As a safeguard when using ‘single sign-on’ it is important to sign-off the system completely when finished, especially if using a shared computer in a computer lab or elsewhere. You can do this by exiting the web browser completely as this will log you out of all systems.  If you simply close the VU Collaborate tab or window, or log-out of one of the individual systems, other may be able to gain access as you are still logged onto MYVU Portal.

     So remember to exit all browsers after completing your work to stay secure!

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    Copyright and VU Collaborate

    Copyright law gives the owner of text, photos, paintings, films and audio/visual recordings the rights to control reproduction, publication, communication, performance and adaptation of their work.  Copyright is an important component of the creative-innovation process as it promotes new ideas through giving authors and creators a set of legal rights in relation to how their work may be used, acknowledged, and rewarded.

    At Victoria University as part of the Copyright Act (1968) we have Statutory Licences that allow staff members to use copyright material for certain educational purposes. These compulsory licenses are issued by a national collection agency and are subject to the payment of an annual fixed royalty fee by Victoria University. We likewise have individual licences with major publishers allowing teaching staff to use certain copyrighted material on the libraries catalogue, particularly journal articles and ebooks. Allowances for copyright material for teaching apply to all aspects of the teaching process, including material placed on Learning Management Systems such as VU Collaborate.

     Academic articles, reading lists and VU Collaborate

    There are new opportunities for educators to make academic articles available to students through VU Collaborate. Articles may be linked to within a reading list, commented upon in forums, expanded upon through images and videos, and even—where permissible—uploaded as individual files to VU Collaborate.  If the article was written by the lecturer, or is under a Creative Common Licence, then the article may be uploaded for students to download.  However, if the article is copyrighted, then it cannot be uploaded to VU Collaborate as this is in breach of Victoria University’s licensing obligations. 

    The best way to make copyrighted articles available to students is simply by linking to a digital copy that may be available within a repository, or within VU Library’s eReserve database.  Linking to an article does not breach copyright and if it is already available online or in a repository, then there is no need to reproduce it within VU Collaborate. However, if the article is not available in digital form, then you may request that VU Library digitise the article and place it on eReserve. Once the article is on eReserve, then it may be linked to from VU Collaborate.

    VU’s royalty payment for copyright is paid annually, so it is in VU’s interests to remove the material when no longer required.

     Using video and images in VU Collaborate

    VU Collaborate also provides an easy and effective way to make available videos, images, audio, and recorded lectures so that students may view and listen to them in their own time.  Videos may be available through YouTube or a related system; may be available as pre-recorded lectures on ReVU; or may be available through one of several organisations that produce collections of streaming videos for use by universities.  The videos made available through these means may be linked to or embedded within VU Collaborate, but not uploaded and re-published as this is in breach of VU’s copyright obligations.  If the video already exists, it is easier (and less time-consuming), to simply link to it or use VU Collaborate’s ‘embed’ feature to seamlessly embed it within the system.

    There are also a number of excellent databases available where images may be sourced, but always check if they are copyright free (ie. under a Creative Commons license). Images available on the internet are usually copyrighted, thus cannot be reproduced in VU Collaborate. Google Images has an excellent function to allow users to search via licence such as ‘labelled for re-use’.

    Further details on VU’s eReserve procedures are available here:

    http://intranet.vu.edu.au/library/Collections.asp

     The rules for copying text and images (both electronic and hard copy) are given at: http://intranet.vu.edu.au/library/CopyrightForTeaching.asp

    Victoria University’s Copyright policy (s 3.3 and s 4 relating to Procedures) states that third party copyright material hosted online must be centrally recorded. It is available here:

    http://wcf.vu.edu.au/GovernancePolicy/PDF/POA051215000.PDF

    If you wish to search for copyright clear material try:

    http://search.creativecommons.org

     For Victoria University copyright enquiries:

    library.copyright@vu.edu.au, or 9919 5958

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    VU Collaborate support at campus libraries

     

    In order to assist staff in using VU Collaborate the Blended Learning Team will be available for individual consultations at campus libraries for the next few months. 

    A Blended Learning Team member will be available one day a week to offer advice on structuring content and activities in VU Collaborate Spaces to facilitate best practice.

    Blended Learning Team members will be available between 9-5 for drop in support. Please contact the staff below via email indicating at what time you wish to talk to them. 

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    Mon

    Tues

    Wed

    Thurs

    Fri

    City Queen

     

    Craig Bellamy

         

    City Flinders

     

    Chie Adachi

         

    Sunshine

       

    Mark Jenkinson

       

    St Albans

       

    Dominic Brash

       

    Footscray Nicholson

    Email blendedlearning@vu.edu.au for an appointment to visit us in D113

    Footscray Park

         

    Sandra SampayoVargas

     
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    Upcoming webinars on using VU Collaborate (July, 2014)

    Two webinars will be conducted in July about using VU Collaborate.

    1) Thursday, July 24, 12 Noon to 1PM.   Assessment using Turnitin in VU Collaborate

    2) Tuesday, July 29, 12 Noon to 1PM.    Recording audio and video (digital recordings/lecture capture) with VU Collaborate and ReVU

    Please book in advance for these webinars using this link:

    https://blendedlearning.vu.edu.au/training.html

    More details on the sessions below:

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    VU Collaborate Online Presentation: Assessment with Turnitin in VU Collaborate

    Running time: 1 hour; Presentation (online webinar through Virtual Classroom)

    This session will walk through utilising Turnitin within VU Collaborate, including:

    • Creating and setting up an assignment area (Assessment Dropbox) that utilises Turnitin
    • Choosing Turnitin settings for formative feedback
    • Viewing and reading an Originality Report
    • Evaluation options within Turnitin and VU Collaborate
    • Workflows and best practice tips.

    This session is run online through Blackboard Collaborate Virtual Classroom.

    Please register for the session in order to receive further details regarding logging in and participating in the virtual classroom. Updates and instructions will also be listed in the Training Space within VU Collaborate.

    VU Collaborate Online Presentation: Recording audio and video (digital recordings/lecture capture) with VU Collaborate and ReVU

    Running time: 1 hour; Presentation (online webinar through Virtual Classroom)

    This session will introduce tools and processes for recording and linking video/audio within VU Collaborate. This includes:

    • Using ReVU to record lectures, presentations and/or short videos for a ‘flipped classroom’ approach
    • Adding a ReVU booking
    • Linking ReVU and YouTube videos within VU Collaborate
    • Workflows and best practice tips.

    This session is run online through Blackboard Collaborate Virtual Classroom.

    Please register for the session in order to receive further details regarding logging in and participating in the virtual classroom. Updates and instructions will also be listed in the Training Space within VU Collaborate.

     

    VU Collaborate Online Presentation: Assessment with Turnitin in VU Collaborate

    Running time: 1 hour; Presentation (online webinar through Virtual Classroom)

    This session will walk through utilising Turnitin within VU Collaborate, including:

    ·         Creating and setting up an assignment area (Assessment Dropbox) that utilises Turnitin

    ·         Choosing Turnitin settings for formative feedback

    ·         Viewing and reading an Originality Report

    ·         Evaluation options within Turnitin and VU Collaborate

    ·         Workflows and best practice tips.

    This session is run online through Blackboard Collaborate Virtual Classroom.

    Please register for the session in order to receive further details regarding logging in and participating in the virtual classroom. Updates and instructions will also be listed in the Training Space within VU Collaborate.

     

    VU Collaborate Online Presentation: Recording audio and video (digital recordings/lecture capture) with VU Collaborate and ReVU

    Running time: 1 hour; Presentation (online webinar through Virtual Classroom)

    This session will introduce tools and processes for recording and linking video/audio within VU Collaborate. This includes:

    ·         Using ReVU to record lectures, presentations and/or short videos for a ‘flipped classroom’ approach

    ·         Adding a ReVU booking

    ·         Linking ReVU and YouTube videos within VU Collaborate

    ·         Workflows and best practice tips.

    This session is run online through Blackboard Collaborate Virtual Classroom.

    Please register for the session in order to receive further details regarding logging in and participating in the virtual classroom. Updates and instructions will also be listed in the Training Space within VU Collaborate.

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    Collaborative authoring of academic articles using cloud services

    There are now many different products available for collaborative authoring of documents. The choice of which software to use depends on the particular type of authoring task being undertaken and the nature of the group undertaking the tasks. In academic work, the collaborative authoring of papers has become much more common, supported by products such as Microsoft Office, Google Docs or lesser known services such as Wiggio. However, the writing academic articles is a highly formal and specialised process, thus in there is a need for high-calibre editing, review, citation and versioning mechanisms, especially when more than one author is involved.

    Whilst Google Docs was quick-off-the-mark in terms of providing a cloud-based service for the writing and editing of documents by multiple-authors, the service lacked the tools required for the more formal aspects of academic writing (such as structuring long articles, embedded tables and images, and collaborative editing, particularly through tracking-changes to the documents). Many academics settled on the power of Microsoft Word, with its sophisticated editing and track changes functionality, and then simply swapped version of the documents through email or via cloud-based services such as DropBox. This type of collaboration may be effective for thesis writing or small collaborations between say two people, but when more authors are involved in becomes highly inefficient as versioning (manual) becomes problematic as does the ability to locate who is working on what documents at a particular time.

    In terms of collaborative authoring, Google Docs and Microsoft have come a long way in the past couple of years; especially in terms of the integration of their services with their respective cloud drives (Google Drive and One Drive). These cloud drives allows for the sharing and storage of documents in one central location (as with DropBox) but with the advantage of having the authoring, editing and review tools built in (ie. Word and Google Docs). Authors can work on the same document at the same time, with the contributions of each author recorded for review by the other authors.

    Microsoft Office 365 is the cloud-based version of the familiar Office and offers the Office suite of tools with a large amount of storage (in OneDrive). The cloud version of Word that comes with Office 365 is not as sophisticated as the off-line version of Word, but it is integrated with it and Word documents may be down-loaded if needed. Documents may be worked on collaboratively in real-time, and then down-loaded and refined for submission as a journal article or book chapter. One of the authors, the lead author or the submitting author, could download the Word document from OneDrive, refine it in the offline version of Word, then submit it to a publisher. This is a very effective way of collaboratively authoring papers.

     

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    What are Open Educational Resources?

     As the name suggests, Open Educational Resources (OER) are freely available resources for learning and teaching; such as documents, videos, syllabi, software, and images. The advantage for educators is that these resources may be deposited, shared and re-used thus saving time in creating new courses or updating existing courses (also the promotion of the particular institution or field and peer support for others in the same subject area is an advantage of sharing teaching materials). OER’s may be available as individual objects or bundled together as a package. They are most likely ‘open licensed’ through licenses such as Creative Commons or GNU and are made available either on the open web or within institutions. Also, the term ‘Open CourseWare is often used.

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    What types of materials?

    The types of materials that are distributed as Open Educational Resources are usually those that have been previously used in a class-room setting, or designed for a purely online or in a blended learning context. They may be materials for activities or labs, full courses, games, lecture notes, lesson plans, teaching and learning strategies, video recorded lectures, or images and illustrations. The audience for these materials may be lecturers (which is primarily the case) or may be students or even parents or administrators.

    What type of licences?

    Open Educational Resources are usually licenced so that they may be easily re-used within a non-commercial educational content (ie not re-sold). Many licences allow for ‘re-mixing’ which means that they may be adapted and enhanced to suit differing institutional contexts and student cohorts. Some licences only allow for sharing and re-use and no major revision (ie. ‘read the fine print’) and many are available within the certain educational copyright regime of the particular country (ie. ‘educational use of copyrighted material’ provisions). Attribution is always an important consideration, meaning that the materials taken from OER repositories must be acknowledged so that the original creators of the work are credited.

    Where are OER found?

    Many OER repositories are available on the open web, such as the OER Commons project or Connexions. The repositories may be run by volunteers or through paid employees on project funding provided by a university or funding agency. Although projects such as OER Commons and Connexions were designed specifically for OER, broader definitions of the term may include projects such as the Internet Archive or even Wikipedia. OER repositories may also exist at a university level to be maintained either by the university library or through the team responsible for the university Leaning Management System (LMS). Leaner Management Systems such as Desire2Learn have inbuilt repositories so that course content may be deposited and shared at a school, faculty, or institutional level (or open to the broader community).

    What are the archival (technical) standards?

    When OER materials are places into a repository, metadata and archival standards need to be associated with them so that they may be easily located, archived and shared in a meaningful way. SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model) is a common way in which objects may be described, zipped-up into a package and re-used by different Learner Management Systems (LMS). Succinctly, SCORM is a ‘package of lessons’ that are bundled together so as to be understood by the LMS. What this means for educators, is that when placing OER materials into a repository, the correct ‘meta-data’ (data about data) is required about the material; usually inputted through a form to demarcate the type of materials and subjects addressed.

    What are the archival (teaching) standards?

    Many OER resources are likewise aligned with the teaching standards that may exist in different institutions or jurisdictions. The resources available are often aligned through a peer-assessment of the OER’s utility, quality of explanation, or quality of technical interactivity. The value of this for educators is the certainty that OER resources are of high quality and currency and purposefully meet teaching challenges.

     

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    VU Collaborate, useful information, Copying Components

    VU Collaborate, useful information

    This weekly email aims to provide you with tips for using VU’s new Learning Management System (LMS), VU Collaborate.  We will outline some of the new features of the LMS and provide links to the many helpful resources produced by the Blended Learning Team.  We have provided ‘play areas’ within VU Collaborate (sandpits) for you to investigate the new features of the system that will progressively be rolled out during 2014 to replace Blackboard (WebCT). Please note that most staff will continue to utilise Blackboard (WebCT) over Semester 1, and VU Collaborate will be available in Semester 2.   For further information regarding the timelines for VU Collaborate, please refer to the FAQ guide.

    This week’s tip:  Copying components from your Sandpit Space or Migrated Space to your Live Space

    The Blended Learning Team have developed an extensive help site with a range of resources on issues such as course design and copying components from one Space to another.  As Second Semester approaches, you will need to copy the components from your sandpit space or migrated space, into your live delivery space.  For step-by-step instructions on how to achieve this, see the help guide we have developed on the subject.

    First time logging in? Using your regular login details please access your VU Collaborate sandpit via MYVU Portal.

    We welcome you to view the Learning & Teaching website or contact the Blended Learning Team for more information about VU Collaborate, blendedlearning@vu.edu.au

     

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    Why use VU Collaborate?

    whyuse 4.2.2

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    CCLT Newsletter available, May-June, 2014

    Please find attached the second edition of the CCLT-newsletter_2_May-June-2014.pdf.

    This month's issue includes news on the following topics:

     

    • Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education
    • Vice Chancellor's Awards & 2014 OLT Grants
    • Learning & Teaching Seminar Series
    • VU Collaborate
    • Sally Kift visit to VU
    • Learning Spaces Evaluations
    • Forthcoming Learning & Teaching events

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    VU Collaborate, useful information, Adding ReVu links

    Re: VU Collaborate, useful information

    This weekly email aims to provide you with tips for using VU’s new Learning Management System (LMS), VU Collaborate.  We will outline some of the new features of the LMS and provide links to the many helpful resources produced by the Blended Learning Team.  We have provided ‘play areas’ within VU Collaborate (sandpits) for you to investigate the new features of the system that will progressively be rolled out during 2014 to replace Blackboard (WebCT). Please note that most staff will continue to utilise Blackboard (WebCT) over Semester 1, and VU Collaborate will be available in Semester 2.   For further information regarding the timelines for VU Collaborate, please refer to the FAQ guide.

     This week’s tip: Adding ReVU links to your space in VU Collaborate

    The Blended Learning Team have developed an extensive help site with a range of resources on issues such as course design and incorporating pre-recorded lectures into your space.  Pre-recorded lectures either recorded on ReVU or other open systems such as YouTube can be easily linked within a module within your space for students to view anytime.  For more information on adding ReVU links to your space in VU Collaborate, see the help guide we have developed on the subject.

      First time logging in? Using your regular login details please access your VU Collaborate sandpit via MYVU Portal.

    We welcome you to view the Learning & Teaching website or contact the Blended Learning Team for more information about VU Collaborate, blendedlearning@vu.edu.au

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    VU Collaborate, useful information, exporting files from Web CT

     

    Re: VU Collaborate, useful information

    This weekly email aims to provide you with tips for using VU’s new Learning Management System (LMS), VU Collaborate.  We will outline some of the new features of the LMS and provide links to the many helpful resources produced by the Blended Learning Team.  We have provided ‘play areas’ within VU Collaborate (sandpits) for you to investigate the new features of the system that will progressively be rolled out during 2014 to replace Blackboard (WebCT). Please note that most staff will continue to utilise Blackboard (WebCT) over Semester 1, and VU Collaborate will be available in Semester 2.   For further information regarding the timelines for VU Collaborate, please refer to the FAQ guide.

     This week’s tip: Export your files from WebCT to VU Collaborate

    The Blended Learning Team have developed an extensive help site with a range of resources on issues such as course design and exporting your files from Web CT to VU Collaborate.  The export tool on Web CT can be used to zip up your files to download and then upload to a specific module on VU Collaborate.  For more information on Groups, see the help guide we have developed on the subject.

      First time logging in? Using your regular login details please access your VU Collaborate sandpit via MYVU Portal.

    We welcome you to view the Learning & Teaching website or contact the Blended Learning Team for more information about VU Collaborate, blendedlearning@vu.edu.au

     

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