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VU Collaborate FAQs




User Account and Roles

Space Creation

Content FAQs

  1. What is an ePortfolio?
  2. How do I track class attendance?
  3. What is Blended Learning?
  4. Where are files stored?
  5. What is a module?

What is an ePortfolio?

An ePortfolio is a tool for students to record items about their educational experience at VU. These items reveal evidence of their learning and abilities and may be shared or exported to different audiences in a number of ways.

How do I track class attendance?

VU Collaborate has a class attendance tool that allows you to track the attendances in your class or within any other activity. It is highly flexible and sessions and attendance thresholds may also be set.

What is Blended Learning?

Blended learning is a set of teaching methods in a formal course of study in which part of the course is delivered online. Tools that allow content delivery, real or asynchronous collaboration, and peer grading give students greater control over the time and place of their study. Succinctly it is a combination of online and classroom teaching. Victoria University has developed many resources to assist in blended learning teaching practice. http://learningandteaching.vu.edu.au/

Where are files stored?

Any file that you upload to VU Collaborate will also be automatically stored in the Manage Files tool. The Manage Files tool is central storage location that you can access from the Space Admin menu in VU Collaborate.

What is a module?

A module is similar to a folder; it is a place to put course content such as videos, images, and documents.


Communication FAQs

Virtual Classroom is a suite of tools integrated into VU Collaborate to enable online teaching. Tools such as chat, video conferencing, whiteboard, and instant messaging allow rich collaboration with students to facilitate blended learning opportunities.

Discussion forums are a rich, asynchronous form of collaboration that allows students to discuss important topics in a question and answer format. They may be used by a group to work on a group assignment or a repository for important answers to common questions in the field or practice.

VU Collaborate has a suite of tools to facilitate communication between student and instructor. These include:

  • Email
  • Instant Messenger
  • Discussion Boards
  • chat Rooms
  • Virtual Classrooms
  • News Items

Yes, Elluminate used to be the name of the software we used for our Virtual Classrooms. The company that produced it has since been bought out by Blackboard and rebranded as “Blackboard Collaborate”.

We are planning to make blogs and wikis available at a later stage, but not in the first stage or rollout.