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This blog will keep you updated with news and information from the Learning Environments Team (LET) regarding VU Collaborate or blended learning in general. Please feel free to log in and comment on any of the posts or ideas. 

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. 

CAMPUS

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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Add a Unit Outline to your VU Collaborate Space

Adding a Unit Outline to your Space in VU Collaborate

VU Collaborate allows you to quickly and easily add your Unit Outline to the Content area.  There are two areas in which you can do this:

  • Within the ‘Unit Overview’ area in Content
  • As a file within a module in Content, as part of the Table of Contents (preferred option)

Please note: The Unit Overview area is not searchable. This means if students are searching for information that only exists in your Unit Overview area, nothing will come up in the search. As such, you should also add the Unit Outline as a Module in Content. Adding the Unit Outline in a Content Module additionally allows you to also take advantage of linking to it from other activities (News items, Assessment Dropbox, other content areas, etc.).

For best practice, we recommend adding Unit Information in both Content areas, in order to best support students and to take advantage of extra features available in VU Collaborate.

How do I do it?

Adding your Unit Outline in a Content Module

Step 1: We recommend you create a new module at the top of your Content area (under Table of Contents), titled ‘Unit Information’ or ‘Welcome to the Unit’ (or equivalent descriptor).

Step 2: Select the module in which you wish to add Content.

Step 3: Add your Unit Outline using the drag and drop feature (drag a file from your computer into the drag area), or by using the New > Upload File option within the module.

You can find further instructions on how to do these tasks on the Creating content article of the VU Collaborate Help site.

 

Adding your Unit Outline to the Unit Overview area

Step 1: Go to the Content area of VU Collaborate and select Unit Overview

Step 2: Drag and drop the Unit Outline into the drag and drop area ‘Drag a file here to upload the attachment. Alternatively, click on the dropdown arrow next to the Unit Overview title and upload the attachment.

Step 3: Once uploaded, you will see your Unit Outline appear in the preview window.

Note: You can also add text content in the Unit Overview area, such as staff contact numbers or other key details about the course. 

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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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Alert - Students will soon have access to VU Collaborate spaces

 

Dear Staff creating spaces for convening/teaching,

This email is to alert you that all VU Collaborate spaces are automatically available to students 1 week before the start of each teaching period. Please make sure that your space is created, up to date and populated with relevant content one week in advance of the start date.

Resources for you:

The Start of Semester Planning Checklist can help you ensure that your space is ready by the time students get access.

If you intend to copy content between VU Collaborate spaces in preparation for the new teaching period, please see the Copying Space Components help pages.

For further support and training information go to https://blendedlearning.vu.edu.au/

Resources for your students:

Student support resources, including printable guides and videos can be found on the VU Collaborate Student Help site at https://blendedlearning.vu.edu.au/student_help.

The Student Induction Space, which all students have access to, is also a valuable resource. Students can learn about VU Collaborate by experiencing it first-hand. You can view the Student Induction yourself by going to the Student Induction Space module in the Training Space, in which you are enrolled as a student.

 

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