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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 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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