Extended Classroom

Suggested actions to take if you are making a shift from teaching in a classroom to online

Extended Classroom

In the current environment, certain circumstances might require you to extend your class online with minimal notice.

This guide provides you with some suggested actions to take quickly when making the shift from teaching in a classroom to teaching remotely. It is a live resource and will be updated regularly. It is a guide only; it is important to also speak to your Unit Convenor and College for further information.

For general information, please see the VU website coronavirus (COVID-19) response page.

Building on the principles of the Block, in the event that you may not be able to come to class, we want to continue to foster a sense of belonging for our students. We want to mirror our pedagogical approaches online.

We are fortunate that our Block units and most others will already have all resources and assessment information available to staff and students in VU Collaborate, but there is more you can do.

Below are some FAQs. More details and templates for download can be found in the Remote Delivery Module on VU Collaborate Essentials. 

Plan B for the Block

If you need to teach online, we suggest keeping to usual class times and days. In preparation for this, academic teaching staff should:

  • Ensure all materials are up to date and available on VU Collaborate
  • Prepare a clear communication plan for your students (see below)
  • Run online classes at scheduled class times (see below)
  • Ensure that, where possible, all assessments can be submitted online (see below)

Connected Learning can help!

Book an appointment with Connected Learning for assistance with assessment, communication, and facilitating online learning by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Contact us remotely - LiveChat is available from the VU Collaborate homepage Mon - Fri 9-4 pm

Come to a training session, view the training calendar here. These sessions are available virtually.

Book a one-on-one remote session for VU Collaborate help.

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Zoom support for students

Student help guides

Daily Zoom drop-in sessions 2-3 pm via the VU Collaborate Student Induction site