VU Collaborate for Block
VU Collaborate is Victoria University's Learning Management System (LMS). The LMS incorporates technologies to help you facilitate teaching and learning in an online and blended learning environment.
For Sydney staff: most of this information is relevant to you. For extra information specific to teaching in Sydney, please see Block options in VU Collaborate for Sydney staff.
Block Model - Must Know Topics
- Setting up Gradebook - See the guide about setting up the Gradebook for a block
- Creating & Marking Rubrics - Create an analytic rubric using this guide
- Setting up Groups - Learn more about grouping students
- Creating a Quiz - See videos on how to link the quiz to Grades, and marking a quiz here
- Creating & Using Checklist - See how to create a Checklist here
- Marking Assessments - See the guide about marking assignments in the dropbox
- Average Attendance - See how to record Attendance Average
- Grade Distribution - Learn more about Grade distribution and statistics
For detailed information on all VU Collaborate topics visit New to VU Collborate.
The setting up of the Gradebook is of utmost importance because VU has made a distinct move to reduce the administrative load around grade allocation and distribution. From VU Collaborate, the grades now move directly to VU Connect to provide final grades to students. When the Gradebook and assessments are correctly developed, there is no need to create extra spreadsheets or data sets to go through final grades before they are provided to students. To read about the Gradebook specifically for Block Mode, see this guide. Towards end of each block you might want to look at overall grade distribution of your class, see this guide on Grade distribution and statistics.
Rubrics on VU Collaborate are another method employed to reduce the amount of paperwork (and paper) used to provide students with detailed feedback about their assignments and assessments. Once a rubric is developed in VU Collaborate and attached to the assessment, each relevant rubric box can be ticked whilst reading through the assignment and the written feedback in the rubric can be passed directly to the area where students receive their feedback and grade. The rubric has the added benefit for students by providing them with more direction for how to receive particular grades on their assignment before they start working on it. To see some example rubrics, see this section in the VU Collaborate Essentials space.
Groups for tutorials, labs and multiple classes are created automatically in VU Collaborate based on what the students pick when they are developing their timetable on Allocate+. You can also create groups in VU Collaborate for things such as group assignments, projects or excursions. When creating groups you have the options to have VU Collaborate allocate students to groups randomly, have students allocate themselves to a group or you can manually enter students into groups yourself.
Quizzes in VU Collaborate can be created to automatically mark and send grades to the Gradebook. You create a bank of questions, hundreds if you like, then allocate those questions into different quizzes. Quizzes also have the option to randomise the questions that are provided to each student so that no student completing the same quiz, have all the same questions. There is also an option to use Respondus Lockdown Browser (RLDB) for quizzes that are worth a sizable portion or final marks. RLDB ensures that students are unable to stop the quiz, navigate the web or navigate through computer files whilst taking the quiz.
Checklists are an easy way for students to follow through each portion of their work making sure they have done everything they need to do. A checklist can be placed in any module on VU Collaborate and include tasks for students to complete before, during and after class. Students tick off each item as they complete it so they have a very clear outline to show their progress through each module or topic.
Use the Attendance tool to track student attendance for class, labs, tutorials or activities. Create your own flexible attendance register that adapts to your needs, define the sessions, attendance thresholds, and applicable users for each register, see this guide on how to create attendance register. Recording average attendance gives you a overall view of attendance of your class, see this guide to record attendance average.