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The semester is about to begin. Learn more about VU Collaborate.

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The semester is about to begin. Learn more about VU Collaborate!

We are one week away before your study commences. Use this time to learn more about VU Collaborate by reading up on some common questions that may arise about different topics relating to VU Collaborate. 

I can’t see a Space for a unit I’m enrolled in this semester.

If you can’t find a space for a unit you’re enrolled in this semester please check your enrolment and ensure that you’re enrolled under the correct unit code, semester and campus. If you notice an error, please consult Student Services on (03) 9919 6100 or visit your local student service centre. If your enrolment looks correct and you still can’t see your Space, please contact your lecturer or unit coordinator. Note: if you’ve recently made a change to your enrolment it can take up to 12 hours for it to be reflected in VU Collaborate. 

Why can I see more things in some Spaces and less in other Spaces? 

Each lecturer and unit coordinator operates the Space differently. Sometimes you will notice big differences, and other times very little. Speak with the teacher or read your unit guide for information on how VU Collaborate will be used in your units. 

What are the basic things I need to know before classes start? 

View our Getting Started guide for students that contains instructions on the key elements you’ll need to know how to do before classes start. This comprehensive guide includes viewing content, submitting assessments and contacting your lecturers. 

How do I view documents in a Space? 

There’s no need to download word documents, PDF’s and PowerPoints to your computer, simply click on the content file topics in your VU Collaborate space and let the document viewer handle the rest. View this how-to guide if you want to download content to save to your computer. 

How can I communicate with my peers and teachers? 

You can access Discussions or Email to communicate with your peers and teachers. Alternatively, use instant messaging to speak with other students and teachers in real time.  

How can I watch online lecture recordings? 

You can access your online lecture recordings on Echo360 ALP located in your unit 2 hours after a lecture has begun.  

 


For more information on VU Collaborate, please visit the VU Collaborate Student Help site. If you encounter any issues, please contact the ITS Service Desk by phone on (03) 9919 2777, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or self-service

Please note the teachers may have elected not to utilise some of these tools.

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Congratulations on completing your semester!

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As we draw closer to the end of the semester, you’re probably gearing up for exams or preparing for a relaxing holiday. Before you go, read about some handy tips and reminders on how to access your marked assessments and grades in VU Collaborate. Below are some common questions that may arise about different topics relating to assessments and grades in VU Collaborate: 

Can I view feedback on my assessment through Assessment Dropbox? 

On the Assessment Dropbox Folder page, click ‘View’ in the Feedback column beside the folder containing your submission. This will show your grade, the rubric assessment (if available) and any feedback received. Please note you will only be able to view your feedback once the teacher has made it available. 


How do I view feedback given through Turnitin Feedback Studio? 

Please view this guide for an overview of viewing feedback received via Turnitin Feedback Studio. You will only be able to view your feedback once the teacher has made it available to you. 


How do I see what I have done and haven’t done (viewing user progress)? 

You are able to view your progress summary by clicking on Results and then User Progress. For information on User Progress indicators, please view this guide on the VU Collaborate Student Help site. 

How do I view my grades? 

When your grades are published, they appear on your personal Grades page in the unit. Depending on how your grades are set up, you might also be able to view comments and overall class performance statistics. You will only be able to view your grades once the teacher or lecturer has published them. For more information, view this guide. 


Where do I re-enroll for next semester? 

This can be found on MYVU Portal, click on ‘My Details’ and select ‘Online Enrolment’.  

 

Study hard and good luck with your exams!

 

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For more information on VU Collaborate, please visit the 
VU Collaborate Student Help site. If you encounter any issues, please contact the ITS Service Desk by phone on (03) 9919 2777, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or self-service.

As we draw closer to the end of the semester, you’re probably gearing up for exams or preparing for a relaxing holiday. Before you go, read about some handy tips and reminders on how to access your marked assessments and grades in VU Collaborate. Below are some common questions that may arise about different topics relating to assessments and grades in VU Collaborate:

Can I view feedback on my assessment through Assessment Dropbox?

On the Assessment Dropbox Folder page, click ‘View’ in the Feedback column beside the folder containing your submission. This will show your grade, the rubric assessment (if available) and any feedback received. Please note you will only be able to view your feedback once the teacher has made it available.

How do I view feedback given through Turnitin Feedback Studio?

Please view this guide for an overview of viewing feedback received via Turnitin Feedback Studio. You will only be able to view your feedback once the teacher has made it available to you.

How do I see what I have done and haven’t done (viewing user progress)?

You are able to view your progress summary by clicking on Results and then User Progress. For information on User Progress indicators, please view this guide on the VU Collaborate Student Help site.

How do I view my grades?

When your grades are published, they appear on your personal Grades page in the unit. Depending on how your grades are set up, you might also be able to view comments and overall class performance statistics. You will only be able to view your grades once the teacher or lecturer has published them. For more information, view this guide.

Where do I re-enrol for next semester?

This can be found on MYVU Portal, click on ‘My Details’ and select ‘Online Enrolment’.

For more information on VU Collaborate, please visit the VU Collaborate Student Help site. If you encounter any issues, please contact the ITS Service Desk by phone on (03) 9919 2777, e-mail or self-service.

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Checking your grades in VU Collaborate

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The Grades tool in VU Collaborate enables you to check your grades for submitted assessments and quizzes. You can see your individual grades and feedback, and sometimes the class averages. You can also access your final grade and the grade formula used once your grades are released.  

How do I access my Grades? 

In the relevant unit space on VU Collaborate, click on ‘Assessments’ from the navbar and select ‘Grades’. 

About Grades 

When your grades are published, they appear on your Grades page in VU Collaborate. If the assessment was submitted to a dropbox folder, go to the dropbox for your results and feedback; if it was a quiz, go to Quizzes. For more information on grades, view this guide about grades.  

Accessing your Grades through User Progress 

You may also access your grades through the User Progress tool found under the ‘Toolbox’ tab in the navbar. This allows you to track your progress in the course through your grades, objective, content, discussions, assessment dropbox submissions, quizzes, checklist, surveys and login history. You will only be able to access your grades in User Progress once the teacher has published them. 

For more information on accessing your grades in VU Collaborate, please visit the VU Collaborate Student Help site. If you encounter any issues, please contact the ITS Service Desk by phone on (03) 9919 2777, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or self-service.

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Turnitin Feedback Studio

 

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Submitting assessments is a key part of any course. Turnitin Feedback Studio allows you to check your submissions for improper citation or potential plagiarism against scholarly databases and other sources worldwide. The teacher can enable Turnitin Feedback Studio within the Assessment Dropbox tool, giving you the ability to analyse and revise your work. 

How do I view my feedback? 

A powerful feature of Turnitin Feedback Studio is to view feedback on your assignment, eliminating the need to download it to your computer or read a hardcopy. If you are unsure whether the teacher is providing feedback through Turnitin Feedback Studio, check with the teacher.  

How do I view Originality Reports? 

Please view this guide to access the student guide on viewing Originality Reports. Please note it is at the discretion of the teacher whether or not they make these reports available to students. If you have any concerns about this, please speak to the teacher. 

How do I view feedback given through Turnitin Feedback Studio? 

After clicking on your Originality report, click on the ‘blue Feedback Studio button’ in the top right-hand corner of the page. Please click here for an overview of Turnitin Feedback Studio and interpreting the feedback received.  

I can’t see any feedback when I open my Turnitin Originality report 

Please verify with the teacher that feedback has been left for your submission in Turnitin and that it has been released if you cannot see any feedback. Note that the teacher may not have used Turnitin when marking and instead may have provided feedback through VU Collaborate only.  

For more information on feedback on using Turnitin Feedback Studio through VU Collaborate, please visit the VU Collaborate Student Help site. If you encounter any issues, please contact the ITS Service Desk by phone on (03) 9919 2777, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or self-service

 

Please note that the teachers may not have chosen to utilise this tool.

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Tracking your progress in VU Collaborate

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Tracking your progress throughout the semester is important. In VU Collaborate, you are able to keep track of all of your course-specific assessments and feedback using the User Progress tool. User Progress helps you track your progress in a unit by measuring your completion of different progress indicators.  There are nine different progress indicators you can view including grades, objectives, content, Dropbox folders, quizzes and login history.  

How do I access User Progress? 

You are able to view your progress summary by clicking on ‘Toolbox’ and then ‘User Progress’. 

What does User Progress show? 

For information on User Progress indicators, please view this guide on the VU Collaborate Student Help site. 

How do I record my progress? 

You can record your progress in My ePortfolio, a tool for storing, organising, reflecting on and sharing items to represent your learning. Learn more about this tool by viewing these guides

Create reflections in ePortfolio 

You can use Reflections in ePortfolio to record your thoughts, interests, goals or even a critical analysis of your learning. Learn more about creating reflections on ePortfolio by viewing this guide


For more information on tracking your progress in VU Collaborate, please visit the VU Collaborate Student Help site. If you encounter any issues, please contact the ITS Service Desk by phone on (03) 9919 2777, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or self-service

Please note that teachers may not have chosen to utilise this tool.

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Viewing teacher feedback in VU Collaborate

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Viewing teacher feedback in VU Collaborate

Submitting assessments and receiving your grades and any feedback is integral to all courses. Depending on how the teacher has decided to utilise the tools available within VU Collaborate, you may be able to view your grades and feedback in two different ways, either through the Grades tool or via the Assessment Dropbox tool. View the common questions on accessing your feedback for assessment tasks below. 

How do I view my grades? 

When your grades are published by the teacher, they will appear on your personal Grades page; when inside the Space for your unit, select ‘Results’ and then ‘Grades’. Depending on how your grades are set up, you might also be able to view comments and overall class performance statistics. For more information, view this guide. You will only be able to view your grades and feedback once the teacher has published them. 

How do I view feedback given in VU Collaborate? 

If the teacher has left comments on your work in VU Collaborate, click on Assessments from the top menu within the Space for your unit and select Assessment Dropbox. If feedback has been left for you, under the feedback column, you will have the ability to click on ‘View’. For further information on viewing feedback in your Assessment dropbox view this guide. Please note that if you do not see this, please speak with the teacher for further support as they may not have released it. 

How do I view my Turnitin Originality Reports? 

Please view this guide on viewing Originality Reports. Please note it is at the discretion of the teacher whether or not they make these reports available to students. If you have any concerns about this, please speak to the teacher. 

How do I view feedback given through Feedback Studio (Turnitin)? 

If the teachers are using Turnitin Feedback Studio, they may have left you personal feedback on Feedback Studio. Please view this guide for an overview of viewing feedback received via Turnitin.  

Next week’s post will have more information on Turnitin Feedback Studio. 

For more information on originality reports and GradeMark for assessment feedback in VU Collaborate, please visit the VU Collaborate Student Help site. If you encounter any issues, please contact the ITS Service Desk by phone on (03) 9919 2777, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or self-service

Please note that the teachers may not have chosen to utilise these tools. 

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Reviewing lecture material

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Reviewing lecture material

Reviewing your lectures is an integral part of learning in higher education. On VU Collaborate you can take notes and review your past lecture recordings on Echo360 Active Learning Platform.

Did you know you can watch recordings of your past lectures?

If you are enrolled in a unit with lectures, you can review your lecture recordings on Echo360 Active Learning Platform.
To access this tool, select your unit space and in the middle-right side of your screen click on Echo360 Active Learning Platform under the heading ‘Lecture Hub (Echo360)’. If you have never accessed the recordings for the unit before, see if there is a link in a module in the Learning Space of your unit first.

How do I navigate and find my video recordings on Echo360 ALP?

Viewing classes and presentations is as easy as clicking on the title of the appropriate class. To learn more about navigating and toggling between units and classes view this guide.

Did you know you can take notes on Echo360 ALP?

You can jot down notes and download them while reviewing a lecture. The note taking tool even records the time of the video down to the second when you were writing the note, or if viewing a presentation, it records the slide number. To learn more about this tool, please view this guide.

How do I review and edit my study notes?

You can view your notes in the Study Guide tab in Echo360 that allows you to quickly look through your classroom notes for each class and edit them. To learn more about this tool, view this guide.

How do I notify my teacher that I am confused with the lecture material?

You can click on the confusion flag located on the top middle section of the screen to notify the teacher that you are confused with the lecture material provided. You can also ask a question by first clicking on the question icon. View this guide to learn how to use the confusion flag.

For more information on Echo360 ALP in VU Collaborate, please visit the VU Collaborate Student Help site. If you encounter any issues, please contact the ITS Service Desk by phone on (03) 9919 2777, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or self-service.


Please note that the teachers may not have chosen to utilise this tool.

 

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Campus Pack Blogs, Journals, Podcasts or Wikis and Lynda.com resources.

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Campus Pack Blogs, journals, podcasts or Wiki’s can be used as assessment material. It is an exciting and creating way for you to express and share ideas as well as comment and engage with other students. The teacher will let you know if you need to submit assessments using one of the Campus Pack tools.  VU also provides access to Lynda.com for you to access extra learning resources and tutorials you may need.

What is Campus Pack?

It is a tool on VU Collaborate for students to complete blogs, journals, podcasts or wiki assessments designed by the teacher. It also allows you to post pictures, share links and post audio and video recordings.

How do I use Campus Pack tools?

To learn how to submit posts on Campus Pack read up on one of these guides on using Campus Pack Blogs, Journals, Podcasts or Wiki.

Why do I get a ‘login error’ message when I use Campus Pack?

Campus Pack runs best on Chrome and Firefox. If you are using Safari, you will get a ‘login error’ unless you enable cookies through your browser’s preferences

Can I use Campus Pack to write my own personal blog or journal?

Unfortunately, only the teacher can create Campus Pack tools. However, you can use ePortfolio as your personal portfolio tool for storing, organising, reflecting on and sharing items that represent your learning. You can include documents, graphics, audio files, videos, presentations, course work, etc. to demonstrate your improvement or mastery in a certain area. 

Can I view feedback on my posts on Campus Pack?

The teacher may choose to assess your Campus Pack submissions as a numerical grade or as written feedback. If your submission is numerically graded, check your Gradebook for a score. Alternatively, if the teacher has given you written feedback, check for a reply below your Campus Pack post. If unsure, check with the teacher.

I can’t see the Campus Pack blog, journal, podcast or wiki, what do I do?

There is a chance that you may have missed the deadline for this assessment task or the teacher may ask you to perform specific actions before you submit your assessment. Please follow up with the teacher to find out why you cannot see the Campus Pack blog, journal, podcast or wiki.

Personal and Professional development on Lynda.com

Lynda.com is a leading online learning platform that teaches new skills in creativity, business, software and technology.  It has an extensive library of courses to assist in professional and personal development in many areas. As a student of Victoria University, you have access to all of this content.

How do I access Lynda.com?

If your instructor has linked specific content into your unit space, you simply click it and it will open in Lynda.com, having automatically logged you in through your VU credentials.

If you would like to access it separately, visit the website here and click Sign In, then enter vu.edu.au as your institution. This will take you to the portal and request your VU credentials. You can also access the video content on your phone or device through the Lynda.com app.

For more information on using Campus Pack in VU Collaborate, please visit the VU Collaborate Student Help site. If you encounter any issues, please contact the ITS Service Desk by phone on (03) 9919 2777, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or self-service.

Please note that teachers may not have chosen to utilise these tools.

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Join discussions & Submit assessments in VU Collaborate

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A great way to communicate with your peers and teachers is by using Discussions in VU Collaborate. Online discussions could be part of your course as a formal assessment or as an area for general discussion. Discussions provide you with an area to post, read and reply to messages on different topics, share thoughts about course materials, ask questions, share files or work with your peers on assessments. Alternatively, formal assessments could be submitted using an Assessment Dropbox. It is a repository for your assessment documents and it eliminates the need to mail or email your submission to the teacher. 

How do I post a comment in the Discussion forums?

If teachers have created Discussion Forums in your space, start a new thread and get to know your peers. To access Discussions, click Communication and Discussions on the navbar. Click ‘Start a New Thread’ to write a message or ‘Reply to Thread’ to respond to someone else’s message. You cannot edit or delete messages that have already been submitted in the Discussion forum. If you have difficulties using this tool, please contact the teacher for assistance as they may have certain restrictions in place.

Can I receive notifications from specific Discussion forums?

You can receive notifications to specific Discussion forums or topics by clicking on the dropdown arrow next to the title and selecting Subscribe. You can also select how you receive these notifications.

Why can’t I see any Discussion forums or topics?

It is at the discretion of the teacher or lecturer to utilise the tools available in VU Collaborate, and they may have decided not to utilise the Discussions tool. If you have any concerns regarding this, please speak to the teacher or lecturer.

How do I submit assignments into my Assessment Dropbox?
To submit an assignment, simply enter your unit space then click on Assessments and Assessment Dropbox. Pick the appropriate Assessment Dropbox corresponding to the right assignment task. If you are unsure please contact the lecturer. To learn more about submitting assignments into an Assessment Dropbox please view this guide.

How do I check if I have submitted my assignment?


You can review your Assessment Dropbox folder submission history on the Submission History page. This can be found beneath the Assessment Dropbox Title on the Assessment Dropbox page.

For more information on discussions in VU Collaborate, please visit the VU Collaborate Student Help site. If you encounter any issues, please contact the ITS Service Desk by phone on (03) 9919 2777, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or self-service.

 

Please note that the teacher may not have chosen to utilise this tool. 

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Learn about the various tools on VU Collaborate

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By now you’ve been able to access your spaces for the units you’re studying this semester, view some content and know when your assessments are due. With VU Collaborate, you can communicate with your peers and teachers seamlessly, view your lecture recordings online, participate in discussion forums, use virtual classrooms and monitor your progress using checklists.

How can I communicate instantly with my peers and teachers?

You can access Discussions or Email to communicate with your peers and teachers. Alternatively, use instant messaging to speak with other students and teachers in real time. Please note: The teachers may not have chosen to utilise these tools.

How do I view e-mails that I’ve sent in VU Collaborate?

By default, e-mails that you send within VU Collaborate are not saved to the Sent Mail folder. To change this, click on your name in the top right-hand corner of VU Collaborate and select Account Settings. Click on the E-mail tab and select the “Save a copy of each outgoing message to the Sent Mail folder” checkbox. To find sent e-mails, click on the messages icon that’s next to your name in the top right-hand corner and select “Go to Email”. Select the Sent Mail button.

How do I post a comment in Discussion forums?

If the teachers have created Discussion forums in your space, start a new thread and get to know your peers. Click Communication and Discussions on the navbar to access Discussions. Click on a topic to participate and ‘Start a new thread’ to write a message or read someone else’s message and then click on ‘Reply to thread’ to respond. You cannot delete messages that you have posted. If you have difficulties, please contact the teacher for assistance as they may have certain restrictions in place.

Why can’t I see any Discussion forums or topics?

It is at the discretion of the teacher or lecturer to utilise the tools available through VU Collaborate, and they may have decided not to utilise the Discussions tool. If you have any concerns regarding this, please speak to the teacher or lecturer.

What is Echo360 Active Learning Platform?

You may have seen the widget for this on the front page of your unit space.  This is the platform that is used at VU for lecture recordings and other videos that your teacher deems helpful for your learning.  The widget on the front page of your unit space will take you directly to the Echo360 Active Learning Platform (ALP) and teachers may also connect certain lectures to content areas of the unit space such as Week 1 lecture in the content for Week 1.  There is also an app available for download at Google Play, Apple and Microsoft Windows that you can use to check and upload videos and presentations (make sure you use the email ending with @students.vu.edu.au when logging into it for the first time).  Check the Student Help site guides for more information.

I've been told to use Virtual Classrooms this semester, how do I access the room?
Virtual classrooms are accessed in the relevant unit under the Communication tab.  View the Participating in a WebEx Virtual Classroom for steps on how to successfully participate in a Virtual Classroom session.

There is a checklist in my unit, how do I use it?
Easily use the checklist by ticking on the box next to the allocated task. It is recommended that you use the checklist to monitor your learning progress and the completion of your assessments.

For more information on VU Collaborate, please visit the VU Collaborate Student Help site. If you encounter any issues, please contact the ITS Service Desk by phone on (03) 9919 2777, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or self-service.

Please note that teachers may not have chosen to utilise all of these tools.

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Congratulations on completing your semester

 

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As we draw closer to the end of the semester, you’re probably gearing up for exams or preparing for a relaxing holiday. Before you go, read about some handy tips and reminders on how to access your marked assessments and grades in VU Collaborate. Below are some common questions that may arise about different topics relating to assessments and grades in VU Collaborate:

Can I view feedback on my assessment through Assessment Dropbox?

On the Assessment Dropbox Folder page, click ‘View’ in the Feedback column beside the folder containing your submission. This will show your grade, the rubric assessment (if available) and any feedback received. Please note you will only be able to view your feedback once the teacher has made it available.

How do I view feedback given through Turnitin Feedback Studio?

Please view this guide for an overview of viewing feedback received via Turnitin Feedback Studio. You will only be able to view your feedback once the teacher has made it available to you.

How do I see what I have done and haven’t done (viewing user progress)?

You are able to view your progress summary by clicking on Results and then User Progress. For information on User Progress indicators, please view this guide on the VU Collaborate Student Help site.


How do I view my grades?


When your grades are published, they appear on your personal Grades page in the unit. Depending on how your grades are set up, you might also be able to view comments and overall class performance statistics. You will only be able to view your grades once the teacher or lecturer has published them. For more information, view this guide.

Where do I re-enrol for next semester?

This can be found on MYVU, click on ‘My Details’ and select ‘Online Enrolment’.

For more information on VU Collaborate, please visit the VU Collaborate Student Help site. If you encounter any issues, please contact the ITS Service Desk by phone on (03) 9919 2777, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or self-service.

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Access your final grades

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The Grades tool in VU Collaborate enables you to check your grades on assessment tasks for your unit. You can see your individual grades and comments, as well as class averages and feedback. You can also access your final grade for your unit once they have been released.

How do I view My Grades?

Click Assessments from the Navbar and select Grades. When your grades are published, they appear on your personal Grades page in the unit Space. Depending on how your grades are set up, you might also be able to access comments and overall class performance statistics. For more information, vie this guide.

I can’t see my final grade or a grade for a specific assessment task, what do I do?

The best thing is to contact your lecturer or unit coordinator, as they may not have released your marks in VU Collaborate.

How can I view comments made for my assessments?


If the teacher has left comments on your work in VU Collaborate, click on ‘Assessments’ from the menu and select ‘Assessment Dropbox’. If feedback has been left for you, under the feedback column, you will have the ability to click on ‘View’. Please note that if you do not see this, speak with the teacher for further support.

Where can I find student support and advice?

We understand that the final weeks of study can be quite stressful. At VU, we offer stress relief at our libraries with events such as therapy dog visits. Additionally, if you require support, please visit Victoria University’s academic support, advice and counselling to assist you.

For more information on viewing your grades in VU Collaborate, please visit the VU Collaborate Student Help site. If you encounter any issues, please contact the ITS Service Desk by phone on (03) 9919 2777, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or self-service.

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Checking your grades in VU Collaborate

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The Grades tool in VU Collaborate enables you to check your grades for submitted assessments and quizzes. You can see your individual grades and feedback, and sometimes the class averages. You can also access your final grade and the grade formula used once your grades are released.

How do I access my Grades?

In the relevant unit space on VU Collaborate, click on ‘Assessments’ from the navbar and select ‘Grades’.   

About Grades

When your grades are published, they appear on your Grades page in VU Collaborate. If the assessment was submitted to a dropbox folder, go to the dropbox for your results and feedback; if it was a quiz, go to Quizzes. For more information on grades, view this guide about grades.

Accessing your Grades through User Progress

You may also access your grades through the User Progress tool found under the ‘Toolbox’ tab in the navbar. This allows you to track your progress in the course through your grades, objective, content, discussions, assessment dropbox submissions, quizzes, checklist, surveys and login history. You will only be able to access your grades in User Progress once the teacher has published them.
For more information on accessing your grades in VU Collaborate, please visit the VU Collaborate Student Helpsite. If you encounter any issues, please contact the ITS Service Desk by phone on (03) 9919 2777, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. orself-service.
 
 
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Turnitin Feedback Studio

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Submitting assessments is a key part of any course. Turnitin Feedback Studio allows you to check your submissions for improper citation or potential plagiarism against scholarly databases and other sources worldwide. The teacher can enable Turnitin Feedback Studio within the Assessment Dropbox tool, giving you the ability to analyse and revise your work.

How do I view my feedback?

A powerful feature of Turnitin Feedback Studio is to view feedback on your assignment, eliminating the need to download it to your computer or read a hardcopy. If you are unsure whether the teacher is providing feedback through Turnitin Feedback Studio, check with the teacher.
 
How do I view Originality Reports?
 
Please view this guide to access the student guide on viewing Originality Reports. Please note it is at the discretion of the teacher whether or not they make these reports available to students. If you have any concerns about this, please speak to the teacher.
 
How do I view feedback given through Turnitin Feedback Studio?
 
After clicking on your Originality report, click on the ‘blue Feedback Studio button’ in the top right-hand corner of the page. Please click here for an overview of Turnitin Feedback Studio and interpreting the feedback received.
 
I can’t see any feedback when I open my Turnitin Originality report?
 
Please verify with the teacher that feedback has been left for your submission in Turnitin and that it has been released if you cannot see any feedback. Note that the teacher may not have used Turnitin when marking and instead may have provided feedback through VU Collaborate only.
 
For more information on feedback on using Turnitin Feedback Studio through VU Collaborate, please visit the VU Collaborate Student Help site. If you encounter any issues, please contact the ITS Service Desk by phone on (03) 9919 2777, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or self-service.
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Tracking your progress in VU Collaborate

 

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Tracking your progress throughout the semester is important. In VU Collaborate, you are able to keep track of all of your course-specific assessments and feedback using the User Progress tool. User Progress helps you track your progress in a unit by measuring your completion of different progress indicators.  There are nine different progress indicators you can view including grades, objectives, content, Dropbox folders, quizzes and login history.

How do I access User Progress?

You are able to view your progress summary by clicking on ‘Toolbox’ and then ‘User Progress’.

What does User Progress show?

For information on User Progress indicators, please view this guide on the VU Collaborate Student Help site.

How do I record my progress?

You can record your progress in My ePortfolio, a tool for storing, organising, reflecting on and sharing items to represent your learning. Learn more about this tool by viewing these guides.

Create reflections in ePortfolio

You can use Reflections in ePortfolio to record your thoughts, interests, goals or even a critical analysis of your learning. Learn more about creating reflections on ePortfolio by viewing this guide.
For more information on tracking your progress in VU Collaborate, please visit the VU Collaborate Student Help site. If you encounter any issues, please contact the ITS Service Desk by phone on (03) 9919 2777, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or self-service.
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Viewing teacher feedback in VU Collaborate

 
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Submitting assessments and receiving your grades and any feedback is integral to all courses. Depending on how the teacher has decided to utilise the tools available within VU Collaborate, you may be able to view your grades and feedback in two different ways, either through the Grades tool or via the Assessment Dropbox tool. View the common questions on accessing your feedback for assessment tasks below.
 
How do I view my grades?

When your grades are published by the teacher, they will appear on your personal Grades page; when inside the Space for your unit, select ‘Results’ and then ‘Grades’. Depending on how your grades are set up, you might also be able to view comments and overall class performance statistics. For more information, view this guide. You will only be able to view your grades and feedback once the teacher has published them.
 
How do I view feedback given in VU Collaborate?

If the teacher has left comments on your work in VU Collaborate, click on Assessments from the top menu within the Space for your unit and select Assessment Dropbox. If feedback has been left for you, under the feedback column, you will have the ability to click on ‘View’. For further information on viewing feedback in your Assessment dropbox view thisguide. Please note that if you do not see this, please speak with the teacher for further support as they may not have released it.
 
How do I view my Turnitin Originality Reports?

Please view this guide on viewing Originality Reports. Please note it is at the discretion of the teacher whether or not they make these reports available to students. If you have any concerns about this, please speak to the teacher.
 
How do I view feedback given through Feedback Studio (Turnitin)?

If the teachers are using Turnitin Feedback Studio, they may have left you personal feedback on Feedback Studio. Please view this guide for an overview of viewing feedback received via Turnitin.
Next week’s post will have more information on Turnitin Feedback Studio.
For more information on originality reports and GradeMark for assessment feedback in VU Collaborate, please visit theVU Collaborate Student Help site. If you encounter any issues, please contact the ITS Service Desk by phone on (03) 9919 2777, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or self-service.
 
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Reviewing lecture and course material on Echo360

 

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Reviewing your lectures is an integral part of learning in higher education. With VU Collaborate you can take notes and review your past lecture recordings using Echo360 Active Learning Platform.
 
Did you know you can watch recordings of your past lectures?
 
If you are enrolled in a unit with lectures, you can review your lecture recordings on Echo360 Active Learning Platform.
To access this tool, select your unit space and in the middle-right side of your screen click on Echo360 Active Learning Platform & Lecture Recordings under the heading Echo360.  If you have never accessed the recordings for the unit before, see if there is a link in a module in the Learning Space of your unit first.

How do I navigate and find my videorecordings on Echo360 ALP?

Viewing classes and presentations is as easy as clicking on the title of the appropriate class. To learn more about navigating and toggling between units and classes view this guide.
 
Did you know you can take notes on Echo360 ALP?
 
You can jot down notes and download them while reviewing a lecture.  The note taking tool even records the time of the video down to the second when you were writing the note, or if viewing a presentation, it records the slide number.  To learn more about this tool, please view this guide.
 
How do I review and edit my study notes?
 
You can view your notes in the Study Guide tab in Echo360 that allows you to quickly look through your classroom notes for each class and edit them.  To learn more about this tool, view this guide.

How do I notify my teacher that I am confused with the lecture material?
 
You can click on the confusion flag located on the top middle section of the screen to notify the teacher that you are confused with the lecture material provided. You can also ask a question by first clicking on the question icon.  View this guide to learn how to use the confusion flag.
For more information on Echo360 ALP in VU Collaborate, please visit the VU Collaborate Student Help site. If you encounter any issues, please contact the ITS Service Desk by phone on (03) 9919 2777, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or self-service.
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Campus Pack Blogs, Journals, Podcasts or Wikis and Lynda.com resources.

 

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Campus Pack Blogs, journals, podcasts or Wiki’s can be used as assessment material. It is an exciting and creating way for you to express and share ideas as well as comment and engage with other students. The teacher will let you know if you need to submit assessments using one of the Campus Pack tools.  VU also provides access to Lynda.com for you to access extra learning resources and tutorials you may want.

What is Campus Pack?

It is a tool on VU Collaborate for students to complete blogs, journals, podcasts or wiki assessments designed by the teacher. It also allows you to post pictures, share links and post audio and video recordings.

How do I use Campus Pack tools?

To learn how to submit posts on Campus Pack read up on one of these guides on using Campus Pack Blogs, Journals, Podcasts or Wiki.

Why do I get a ‘login error’ message when I use Campus Pack?

Campus Pack runs best on Chrome and Firefox. If you are using Safari, you will get a ‘login error’ unless you enable cookies through your browser’s preferences

Can I use Campus Pack to write my own personal blog or journal?

Unfortunately, only the teacher can create Campus Pack tools. However, you can use ePortfolio as your personal portfolio tool for storing, organising, reflecting on and sharing items that represent your learning. You can include documents, graphics, audio files, videos, presentations, course work, etc. to demonstrate your improvement or mastery in a certain area. 

Can I view feedback on my posts on Campus Pack?

The teacher may choose to assess your Campus Pack submissions as a numerical grade or as written feedback. If your submission is numerically graded, check your Gradebook for a score. Alternatively, if the teacher has given you written feedback, check for a reply below your Campus Pack post. If unsure, check with the teacher.

I can’t see the Campus Pack blog, journal, podcast or wiki, what do I do?

There is a chance that you may have missed the deadline for this assessment task or the teacher may ask you to perform specific actions before you submit your assessment. Please follow up with the teacher to find out why you cannot see the Campus Pack blog, journal, podcast or wiki.

Personal and Professional development on Lynda.com

Lynda.com is a leading online learning platform that teaches new skills in creativity, business, software and technology.  It has an extensive library of courses to assist in professional and personal development in many areas. As a student of Victoria University, you have access to all of this content.

How do I access Lynda.com?

If your instructor has linked specific content into your unit space, you simply click it and it will open in Lynda.com, having automatically logged you in through your VU credentials. If you would like to access it separately, visit the website here and click Sign In, then enter vu.edu.au as your institution. This will take you to the portal and request your VU credentials. You can also access the video content on your phone or device through the Lynda.com app.
For more information on using Campus Pack in VU Collaborate, please visit the VU Collaborate Student Help site. If you encounter any issues, please contact the ITS Service Desk by phone on (03) 9919 2777, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or self-service.

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Using Turnitin Feedback Studio and the Assessment Dropbox

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Submitting assessments is a key part of any course. The Assessment Dropbox enables you to submit assignments in VU Collaborate and written assignments are often put through Turnitin Feedback Studio (TFS). TFS is used for two main purposes.  One is to match each piece of written work to other pieces of written work that are kept in the TFS database.  The second is for providing feedback within your assignment.  

How do I submit to the Assessment Dropbox?

On the Assessment Dropbox Folder page, click on the folder you want to submit. You can get an idea of what Dropbox to submit by reading the title and instructions in the Dropbox folder. Click ‘Add a File’ to browse for the file you want to submit and upload it to the correct Dropbox, then click ‘Submit’. Please note that submitting files greater than 20mb will cause an issue if Turnitin Feedback Studio has been enabled for the assessment task. 

I can’t see the Assessment Dropbox folder, what do I do?

There is a chance that you may have missed the deadline for this assessment task or the teacher may ask you to perform specific actions before you submit your assessment. Please follow up with the teacher to find out why you cannot see the Assessment Dropbox folder.

Where can I view my TFS Originality report?

Please view this guide to learn how to view Originality Reports on VU Collaborate. Please note it is at the discretion of the teacher whether or not they make these reports available to students. If you have any concerns about this, please speak to the teacher. 

How should I interpret an Originality report on Turnitin Feedback Studio?

A number and colour will show up in a small box beside the date submitted when you submit the assignment into the Assessment dropbox that has TFS enabled.  When you click on this, you will get information about the number and types of matches in your assignment. Matches mean, how many times phrases or sentences from your assignment, match those of other pieces of work TFS has in its database.  For more information about reading Originality reports go to this guide.

Can I view feedback on my assessment through Assessment Dropbox?

On the Assessment Dropbox Folders page, click ‘View’ in the Feedback column beside the folder containing your submission. This will show you your grade, rubric assessment (if set up by the teacher) and any feedback received. Please note you will only be able to view your feedback once the teacher has published the marks.

For more information on submitting and viewing assessments in VU Collaborate, please visit the VU Collaborate Student Help site. If you encounter any issues, please contact the ITS Service Desk by phone on (03) 9919 2777, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or self-service.

 

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Completing quizzes in VU Collaborate

 

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Completing quizzes in VU Collaborate   

Quizzes may be used as part of the formal assessment of your course or as a self-check tool after topics so you can gauge how you’re going. The Quizzes tool is located under the Assessment tab in your VU Collaborate Space.  Sometimes the teacher may also include a link within the Content area. 

How do I complete a quiz?

Ensure that you have time to complete your quiz and you are in a quiet area. Remember that you need to have access to the Internet and a computer with Chrome browser installed. If you are using a tablet, the Puffin Browser is also good.

On the Quiz List page, click on the quiz you want to complete. Read the instructions and details for the quiz, and when you're ready, click ‘Start Quiz’. After you attempt to answer all quiz questions, click ‘Submit Quiz’. For more information on completing a quiz, please view this guide.

I can’t see the quiz I need to complete, what do I do?

If you are unable to see a quiz, please speak with the teacher as they may have added restrictions to this quiz. 

How do I review my answers to a quiz?

On the Quiz List page, click ‘Submissions’ from the dropdown menu of the quiz you want to view. Once you click on your quiz attempt, you should be able to view your answers and any additional information.

I’ve completed the quiz but I can’t see my submission or correct answers, what can I do?

If you are unable to view your previous submissions, the teacher may have restricted student visibility of past submissions. This can be corrected however, it does require you to consult with the teacher.

How do I view my grade for a quiz?

On the Quiz List page, click Submissions from the dropdown menu of the quiz you want to view. If you are unable to view your grade, this is because the teacher or lecturer may have set restrictions. If you have concerns regarding this, please speak with the teacher or lecturer.

For more information on Using Quizzes in VU Collaborate, please visit the VU Collaborate Student Help site. If you encounter any issues, please contact the ITS Service Desk by phone on (03) 9919 2777, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or self-service.

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Join Discussions and Submit Assessments

 

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A great way to communicate with your peers and teachers is by using Discussions in VU Collaborate. Online discussions could be part of your course as a formal assessment or as an area for general discussion. Discussions provide you with an area to post, read and reply to messages on different topics, share thoughts about course materials, ask questions, share files or work with your peers on assessments. Alternatively, formal assessments could be submitted using an Assessment Dropbox. It is a repository for your assessment documents and it eliminates the need to mail or email your submission to the teacher. 

How do I post a comment in the Discussion forums?

If teachers have created Discussion Forums in your space, start a new thread and get to know your peers. To access Discussions, click Communication and Discussions on the navbar. Click ‘Start a New Thread’ to write a message or ‘Reply to Thread’ to respond to someone else’s message. You cannot edit or delete messages that have already been submitted in the Discussion forum. If you have difficulties using this tool, please contact the teacher for assistance as they may have certain restrictions in place.

Can I receive notifications from specific Discussion forums?

You can receive notifications to specific Discussion forums or topics by clicking on the dropdown arrow next to the title and selecting Subscribe. You can also select how you receive these notifications.

Why can’t I see any Discussion forums or topics?

It is at the discretion of the teacher or lecturer to utilise the tools available in VU Collaborate, and they may have decided not to utilise the Discussions tool. If you have any concerns regarding this, please speak to the teacher or lecturer.

How do I submit assignments into my Assessment Dropbox?

To submit an assignment, simply enter your unit space then click on Assessments and Assessment Dropbox. Pick the appropriate Assessment Dropbox corresponding to the right assignment task. If you are unsure please contact the lecturer. To learn more about submitting assignments into an Assessment Dropbox please view this guide.

How do I check if I have submitted my assignment?

You can review your Assessment Dropbox folder submission history on the Submission History page. This can be found beneath the Assessment Dropbox Title on the Assessment Dropbox page.

For more information on discussions in VU Collaborate, please visit the VU Collaborate Student Helpsite. If you encounter any issues, please contact the ITS Service Desk by phone on (03) 9919 2777, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or self-service.

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Learn about the tools on VU Collaborate

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By now you’ve been able to access your spaces for the units you’re studying this semester, view some content and know when your assessments are due. With VU Collaborate, you can communicate with your peers and teachers seamlessly, view your lecture recordings online, participate in discussion forums, use virtual classrooms and monitor your progress using checklists.

How can I communicate instantly with my peers and teachers?

You can access Discussions or Email to communicate with your peers and teachers. Alternatively, use instant messaging to speak with other students and teachers in real time. Please note: The teachers may not have chosen to utilise these tools.

How do I view e-mails that I’ve sent in VU Collaborate?

By default, e-mails that you send within VU Collaborate are not saved to the Sent Mail folder. To change this, click on your name in the top right-hand corner of VU Collaborate and select Account Settings. Click on the E-mail tab and select the “Save a copy of each outgoing message to the Sent Mail folder” checkbox. To find sent e-mails, click on the messages icon that’s next to your name in the top right-hand corner and select “Go to Email”. Select the Sent Mail button.

How do I post a comment in Discussion forums?

If the teachers have created Discussion forums in your space, start a new thread and get to know your peers. Click Communication and Discussions on the navbar to access Discussions. Click on a topic to participate and ‘Start a new thread’ to write a message or read someone else’s message and then click on ‘Reply to thread’ to respond. You cannot delete messages that you have posted. If you have difficulties, please contact the teacher for assistance as they may have certain restrictions in place.

Why can’t I see any Discussion forums or topics?

It is at the discretion of the teacher or lecturer to utilise the tools available through VU Collaborate, and they may have decided not to utilise the Discussions tool. If you have any concerns regarding this, please speak to the teacher or lecturer.

What is Echo360 Active Learning Platform?

You may have seen the widget for this on the front page of your unit space.  This is the platform that is used at VU for lecture recordings and other videos that your teacher deems helpful for your learning.  The widget on the front page of your unit space will take you directly to the Echo360 Active Learning Platform (ALP) and teachers may also connect certain lectures to content areas of the unit space such as Week 1 lecture in the content for Week 1.  There is also a new application available for download at Google Play, Apple and Microsoft Windows that you can use to check and upload videos and presentations.  Check the Student Help site guides for more information.

I've been told to use Virtual Classrooms this semester, how do I access the room?
View the Participating in a WebEx Virtual Classroom for steps on how to successfully participate in a Virtual Classroom session.

There is a checklist in my unit, how do I use it?
Easily use the checklist by ticking on the box next to the allocated task. It is recommended that you use the checklist to monitor your learning progress and the completion of your assessments.

For more information on VU Collaborate, please visit the VU Collaborate Student Help site. If you encounter any issues, please contact the ITS Service Desk by phone on (03) 9919 2777, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or self-service.

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