Training & Support
The Connected Learning Team provides staff members at Victoria University with support, training and professional development sessions in using VU Collaborate. We offer various types of services - Workshops, Drop-In Days and Online Support.
See the current available sessions at the Training Calendar.
Drop In Days
We know you don't always plan to have to trouble shoot something in VU Collaborate, and sometimes you may just want to sit down and work through a task whilst having someone you can ask questions of along the way. The Connected Learning Team have set aside days and places for you to be able to literally drop-in to the room where we are. You can drop in and ask a quick question, work through an issue you are having, or stay for a while and build some content in your space with us.
We are in The Hive at Footscray Park every Tuesday and most other days too. The Hive is room A202 and the front door is across from K building. On Thursdays we are at the Hive in City Flinders in room 907. On Mondays we are at the Hive St Albans in room 7216.
Bookings are not needed for drop in days.
It will be helpful if you bring your laptop along, essential if you are wanting to build content in your VU Collaborate space.
The Connected Learning team offer Online Consultations, conducted over-the-phone with the aid of screen sharing. These consultations provide the opportunity for you to work one-on-one with an instructor. Sessions are in 30-minute blocks and are useful when you are either unable to be on a campus with access to the drop-in support at a Hive or need some specific support with an issue in VU Collaborate.
To book an Online Consultation with one of the Connected Learning staff, please utilise our online booking system.
The Connected Learning team now offer a fully online course to learn all about VU Collaborate and the main learning tools that are integrated with it. This course is has no set time frame to be worked on and no set time limit for how long it should take you. It is expected that it will take you about two hours if you are comfortable using computers and know a little about VU Collaborate. The course is divided into three main sections starting at Level 1 for sessional staff, tutors and those who need to work in unit spaces but do not need to build courses. Level 2 looks at building some materials such as different assessments, grade schemes and checklists. Level 3 looks at the more in depth parts of VU Collaborate that not everyone will use such as Webex virtual classrooms and Campus Pack blogs.
To enrol in the VU Collaborate Online Course, go to the Training Calendar and find "VU Collaborate Online Course - Level 1". The course is set up such that each level needs to be completed before the next level can be viewed or begun.
The Connected Learning Team conduct Workshops on various aspects of VU Collaborate and have the following workshops available at any agreed time:
- Introduction to VU Collaborate
- Introduction to Accessibility and applying it to VU Collaborate
- Setting up the Gradebook, grade items and dropboxes
- Creating quizzes
- Introduction to H5P with a focus on interactive videos
- Building and managing learning materials
- Attendance, student progress and checklists
- Creating rubrics
- Communicating in VU Collaborate
- WebEx virtual classrooms
- Echo360 and screen capture recordings
- Using Turnitin
Workshops can also be developed for any other area of VU Collaborate as well as a number of useful iPad apps for teaching.
Contact ITS Service Desk on (03) 9919 2777 or via self-service http://servicedesk.vu.edu.au for further technical support.