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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. 

VU Collaborate, HTML Editor

 

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: Using the HTML editor to create accessible documents

 The Blended Learning Team have developed an extensive help site with a range of resources on issues such as course design and management and using the assessment tools.  The HTML editor, for instance, allows you to cut and paste from Microsoft Word and create accessible documents that are usable by all people of different abilities.  An ‘accessibility menu’ allows you to format the page so that a ‘screen reader’ may read the page aloud. For more information, see the ‘Content Editor: Accessibility’ video 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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The VU Collaborate Training Space

As Victoria University prepares to make VU Collaborate available to staff, the Blended Learning Team is working hard to ensure that a broad range of self-support resources will be available. 

When you login to VU Collaborate for the first time, you will see your own sandpit as well as a Training Space with an initial module called "Welcome to VU Collaborate".  This module will provide a brief overview of how VU Collaborate will support blended learning and introduce you to some of the key tools that can be used for:

  • core teaching content and delivery
  • learning activities
  • communication
  • assessment activities 
  • When access to VU Collaborate becomes available, we strongly encourage you to work your way through this training space as a first step (it won't take more than 10 minutes).  From here there are links for you to click through to our self-support resources including introduction guides, how-to guides and videos for each of the tools.   And this is just the start!

    Over the coming months, we will be adding more resources into the VU Collaborate Training Space to suggest ways of using VU Collaborate to provide a rich blended learning experience for your students.   Keep an eye on the blog for further announcements of additions to the Space.

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    VU Collaborate, Inserting Video and Images

     

    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).

    This week’s feature: HTML Editor: Inserting Video and Images

    VU Collaborate allows you to easily insert videos (YouTube), images (Flikr), and other non-text digital items into your space. This is done through a catch-all tool called ‘insert stuff’.  As with the ‘drag and drop’ function, it  proves to be an easy and efficient method to upload curricular content. To find out more about creating content in VU Collaborate, see the training video on the subject.

    A helpful hint: Importing and exporting content

    It is possible to export your content on VU Collaborate as a ZIP file for a personal backup or to share with a colleague.  This is useful if you have created a site in your ‘sandpit area’ (test space) and wish to migrate it to your live, course delivery space. We have created a video demonstration to walk your through the process.

     

    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.

     

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    VU Collaborate, using the help function

    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 feature: Using the help functions in VU Collaborate

    The Blended Learning tem have developed an extensive help site with a range of resources on issues such as course design and management and using the assessment tools.  It also contains a searchable help system, a glossary of terms, tutorial videos and FAQs. For more information, see the training video 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, creating news items

     

    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).

    This week’s feature: Creating news items to send timely information to students

    The VU Collaborate News Tool allows you to announce important issues about your class to your students. You can embed YouTube,  insert text, links and images. See the Introducing Guide on the subject (.PDF)

    A helpful hint: Creating a welcome message using the news tool

    It is possible to provide a welcome news message for your unit using the News Tool. This may be to provide a personalised message for your class and to help ‘scaffold’ and structure student activities over the semester.

    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.

     

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