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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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