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Guidelines for Collaboration

The introduction of VU Collaborate has provided an excellent opportunity for staff to work together to improve student learning. VU Collaborate Spaces enable lecturers, Academic Support and Development staff, Library staff and others who contribute to the teaching of units and courses to collaborate in the online environment. In order to ensure that the learning and teaching experience is positive and productive, we have created the following guidelines for staff.  

There are a variety of roles within VU Collaborate that enable editing and uploading of content and communication with students. These roles include:

  • Space or Teaching Convenor (e.g. Educational Managers or Unit Coordinators)
  • Instructors (e.g. teaching staff, including sessional staff) 
  • Tutors
  • Guest Instructors
  • Learning Support (e.g. Academic Support and Development staff)
  • Library Staff

Generally, if the space you are enrolled in is not yours (i.e. you are not the convenor), it is important that you first establish a clear understanding of what is expected and acceptable for you to do in that space.


In order to understand what is expected from you in the Space, you need to have a discussion with the convenor/s of the space. Some questions that could be included in discussions are:

  • Contribution to the space
    • Can I write/add content? If so, where? how much? what sort of content?
    • Can I mark students’ assessments and enter grades?
  • Interaction with students
    • Can I make comments in Discussion board activities? Which topic? How often? 
    • Can I make in/direct contact with students? How is this meant to be done – via email, chatroom, instant messages?
  • Interaction with other staff members
    • How do I engage with other contributors within the space?

Until you have established what is expected, it is important not to make any changes or additions to a Space in which you are not the main convenor. 

What can I do in the space?

Some of these activities will be limited to the role you have been given or will receive in the space by the Space Convenor, so you should confirm with them regarding both your duties in the space and the roles and permissions you are given. 

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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