Unit Master Space (Higher Education)
All you need to know about Unit Master Spaces
What is a Master Space?
The master space is the primary template for every delivery space. All teaching material is developed in a unit master space, this includes learning space content, assessment items and grades. When the new delivery space is created it is then automatically populated with all the material from the master space. Once the material is transferred to the delivery space only minor adjustments such as hiding a dropbox or changing the date on a quiz can be made. For this reason, it is vital that the master space is maintained with the most up to date material.
When are Delivery Spaces Created?
Delivery spaces will be available 2 weeks prior to your teaching period, and 5 weeks prior for placement units.
Which Master Space do I update?
|Example||Delivery Mode||Master Space|
|ABC1234 UNIT (1)||Standard Semester (Onshore)|
|ABC1234 UNIT (1) (8Week Block)||8-week Block||8-Weeks Block Master|
|ABC1234 UNIT(Block)||No longer used||No longer used|
|ABC1234 UNIT (1) (Offshore)||Offshore units||Offshore (OFS)|
|ABC1234 UNIT (1) (Online SP)||4 week block Online Self-paced||Online Self paced (OSP)|
|ABC1234 UNIT (1) (Online)||4-week block On-campus
4-week block Online Real-time
|Online Master Space|
|ABC1234 UNIT (1) (VU Online)||VU Online College||VU Online (VO)|
Block Convenor and Block Key Academic
Assigned to every master space is a Block Convenor and Block Key Academic role. Each role is able to edit the content in the master space. The Block Key Academic role has many of the same access privileges as the Block Convenor and is for staff who hold a key role in the development of the unit but are not the convenor. The Block Convenor role is automatically assigned to the staff listed as the unit convenor in CAMS. See User Roles Explained for more information.
The Block Convenor can enrol you into space as a Block Key Academic or Block Instructor. See Enrolling staff into spaces for instructions showing how.
Any master spaces that you are enrolled on will appear in the (2) My Master Spaces section.
Depending on your access, this may list multiple variations of a Master Space for different deliveries, refer to the table above for a description of these different types.
To search for your Master Space, enter your unit code in the My Master Spaces (3) search field.
Once your Unit Master Space is available and you are enrolled, you can begin building content there.
To find out more about building content, see the step by step Content guides.
Sometimes it is easy to get confused to know if you are in the master or delivery space.
If the (1) unit title is in all uppercase and there is (2) no image banner on the unit home page, it is a master space.
Delivery spaces (1) titles are in lower case and have an (2) image banner.
1. It is very important that all the content in the master space is kept up to date and that the correct staff are enrolled as these enrollments are carried across to the delivery space. Time must be set aside during the middle of each block to ensure that the content in the master space is ready for transfer into the next block. Any changes for the next running should be made by then.
2. The automatic copy of content between master and delivery spaces occurs two (2) weeks before the start of every block. This takes one to two days and is started on Monday morning and typically finished by Tuesday. Once the content is copied you will have one week to review the copied data, set dates or hide any material necessary before students gain access. There is then one further week to fine-tune anything before classes begin.
3. There are multiple variations of a master space such as a block space, an offshore space and an online space. Sometimes there is a number in brackets after the title; the highest number is the most recent master space so use that one. See Master Space variations for a description of these types.
4. If you require a multi-unit space, support space, or collaboration space in VU Collaborate, please log a request with ITS. Log in using your MYVU Portal or Active Directory (AD) username and password (same as your staff email login details).
Tools in VU Collaborate and in which space they can be edited
Although most material needs to be set up in the master space, some tools can only be set up in the delivery space and some will need to be edited once in the delivery space.
|Content||Created in MS||Edited in MS||Created in DS||Edited in DS||Notes|
|Dropbox - Originality Check||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Respondus LockDown Browser||No||No||Yes||Yes||Only in Face to Face Classes|
Contact ITS Service Desk on (03) 9919 2777 or via self-service servicedesk.vu.edu.au for technical support.