Creating Spaces

Part of Space Creation & Admin Category

Working within a unit Master Space

This guide relates to Higher Education unit spaces, not to Polytechnic spaces.

The master space is the primary template for every delivery space iteration. All teaching material is developed in a unit master space, this includes learning space content, assessment items and grades. Two weeks before the beginning of each block, a new delivery space is automatically generated. This new delivery space 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. 

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 a space as a Block Key Academic or Block Instructor. Check out this help guide for instructions on how.

If they are unable to enrol you into the space you can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your unit code, e-number and role required.  Any master spaces that you are enrolled into will appear in the My Master Spaces section as below.

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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 help guides here.

Sometimes it is easy to get confused as to if you are in the master or delivery space. If the unit title is in all uppercase and there is no image banner on the unit home page, it is a master space. Delivery spaces are in lower case and have an image banner.

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 Block Master & Delivery Space Tips

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 evening. Once the content is copied you will have one week to review the copied data, set dates or hide any material necessary. One week before the first class the delivery space will go live for students to see. 

3.  There are four variations of a master space. A standard 12 week space, a block space, an offshore space and an online space. Typically the only space you will need to edit is the block space. If your unit is listed as either standard (12 weeks), offshore or online in CAMS, then you will need to ensure you are enrolled in the corresponding master space.

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). 


*** 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.

Tools in VU Collaborate and in which space they can be edited 

        Create in MS  Edit in MS   Create in DS   Edit in DS 
Due Dates  Yes  No  No   Yes
Units Guides   Yes  Yes  No  No
Groups  Yes  Yes  No  Yes
Campus Pack  Yes  Yes  No  Yes
Respondus LockDown Broswer   No  No  Yes  Yes
Attendance  Yes  Yes  No  Yes
Turnitin  Yes  Yes  No   Yes



Further Support

Visit the VU Collaborate Help site at for up to date information and resources on blended learning or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Contact ITS Service Desk on (03) 9919 2777 or via self-service for further technical support.