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VU Collaborate Overview

This Learning Map gives an introduction to some of the key features you'll need to get started with VU Collaborate. Note: this learning map assumes that you already have access to the spaces. Click here If you would like to know more about space creation and space types.

VU Collaborate Home

 

Before you go into your Space

  • Logging In

    Via MYVU Portal, log in to VU Collaborate, using your employee number and pass word

  • Key Terminology

    Check the list of VU Collaborate key terminology for your further understanding

    Note: if you have used WebCT, this list might be useful for you, but if not, please continue without this section.

  • Minibar

    VU Collaborate overview

    1. homeVU Collaborate Home – takes you back to the homepage
    2. Space/Unit selector – choose your space
    3. messagealertsMessage alerts – alerts for email, instant messages, My eportfolio invitations -
    4. updatesUpdates – alerts for new and updated news posts, due dates, grades and My ePortfolio items
    5. subscriptionalertsSubscription alerts – alerts for new discussion posts and My ePortfolio subscription notifications
    6. Personal menu – you can adjust your settings and to logout from VU Collaborate
    7. informationInformation – Help resources (for instructors), links to ITS service desk, Library and other resources
  • Home Widgets

    widgets

    1. My Spaces widget – links to all of your spaces
    2. News widget – news from all your spaces
    3. My ePortfolio widget – links to your ePortfolio
    4. Calendar widget – links to all upcoming events in your calendar
 
 

Space Home

 

After you go into your Space by using the Space Selector

  • VU Collaborate Roles

    Check if you have the right role assigned within VU Collaborate

  • Space Home

    Navbar

    1. Unit code and title of your Space
    2. Navigation Bar (Navbar)
    3. Quicklinks – View Content, View User Progress and View Grades
  • Navigation Bar (Navbar)

    Navigation Bar (Navbar) – there are 6 dropdown menus.

    • Content

      Find your Content from the View Content quicklink on your space homepage, or from the Content link in the navbar.

      Start creating your content

    • Communication

      Under Communication, you will see a dropdown menu with 9 options:

      communication

      • Email – to email students directly (individually or through Groups)
      • Instant Messaging – to send instant text messages to classmates and other members of VU Collaborate (i.e. anyone who is logged into VU Collaborate at the time)
      • Discussions – to create a collaboration area to post, read and reply to messages on different topics
      • Chat Room – to create a chat room which is a real-time, text-based collaboration space.
      • Groups – to create groups to organise users’ work on projects and assignments, or work areas for users with different learning needs.
      • Classlist – to view who is enrolled in your Space, check users’ online status, send emails or instant messages.
      • Virtual Classrooms – to set up online classes, webinars and meetings. It has tools for creating real-time text, audio, video, interactive whiteboard and can record all the interactions.
      • News – to create news items that communicate unit updates and changes. Any news created will be shown on the VU Collaborate Home or Space Home page.
      • ReVU Digital Recordings - to capture, edit and distribute your lectures and desktop recordings. Book your ReVU recordings with VU Collaborate and then link your recordings into your space.
    • Assessments

      Under Assessments, you will see a dropdown menu with 5 options:

       Assessments

      • Assessment Dropbox – to create Assessment Dropbox where students can submit their work/assignments. You can see users’ submission times, download folders, associate dropbox folders to rubrics, and return submissions with grades and feedback to students.
      • Quizzes and Surveys – to create quizzes as part of your assessment items and associate these with rubrics and gradebook. The only difference between Quizzes and Survey is that you can grade quizzes.
      • Rubrics – to create rubrics for your assessment items. This can be linked with gradebook.
      • Self Assessments – to create Self Assessment sections to organise your questions into folders.
    • Results

      Under Results, you will see a dropdown menu with 2 options:

       Results

      • Grades – to create gradebook with Grades Setup Wizard and to enter student’s grades/scores.
      • User Progress – to track students’ progress and performance in the unit.
    • Tools

      Under Tools, you will see a dropdown menu with 6 options:

       Tools

      • My ePortfolio – to store, organise, reflect on and share items that represent your learning.
      • Links – to provide URL links to external web sites and quicklinks
      • Locker – to create your personal and shared locker (e.g. via Groups) to upload, store and share files.
      • Calendar – to arrange your unit events. This can be synchronized with your personal calendar (e.g. Outlook and Google Calendar)
      • Checklist – to highlight important assignments, readings or other tasks to complete.
      • Glossary – to store and outline key terms and their definitions.
    • Space Administration

       Space admin

      In Space Administration, you will find all the tools in VU Collaborate. Here, we will only focus on the most frequently used tools – Import/Export/Copy Components and Attendance.

      Tips: You can also do “Import/Export” from the Content area. Please remember to go into Table of Contents on the left menu bar, which will be highlighted in blue to Import/Export your contents.

      import export from content area

  • Next: Design your unit/course with blended learning approaches - Learning Map: Blended Learning Design and Implementation.
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Further Support

Visit the VU Collaborate Help site[https://blendedlearning.vu.edu.au] for up to date information and resources on blended learning. Provide feedback on this help resource by visiting the Help Site Feeback forum [https://blendedlearning.vu.edu.au/forum/helpsite-feedback.html].

Contact ITS Service Desk on (03) 9919 2777 or via self-service[http://servicedesk.vu.edu.au] for further technical support.

 

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