Google Chrome and Firefox Quantum are the recommended internet browsers for use with VU Collaborate. Microsoft Edge can also be used however, it is highly recommended that you use Chrome.
As of January 2020 Microsoft® Internet Explorer® is no longer supported for Brightspace access. See Intent to End of Life Notice for: Internet Explorer Support for additional information. You can also use this https://community.desire2learn.com/d2l/systemCheck to check if your browser is compatible with VU Collaborate
- PC’s on the VU Network
- Apple Safari
- Analysis of Browsers vs Functionality
For Google Chrome:
1. In Google Chrome, navigate to this icon in the top right of your browser window.
2. Select Settings from the menu that appears.
For Firefox Quantum:
1. In Firefox, navigate to your browser address bar and enter about:config, click on I accept the risk! to proceed to the advanced settings.
Google Chrome can be found on all VU networked computer (libaries etc.). .
Thus, it is recommended that you use Google Chrome when using VU Collaborate as it is the most reliable browser.
Many Apple users prefer Safari as their default browser, there have been no issues in relation to Safari compatibility and VU Collaborate, It is recommended that you keep it up to date via the Apple “App store” and/or through your normal system updates.
Internal Video Playback
VU Collaborate will play most native mp4 video files through its inbuilt player however; you will need to install external plugins to support a wider variety of media.
Windows Media Player extension will allow you the play most “.avi”, “.mov” and “.wmv” files. It works by utilising the already installed Windows Media Player on your Windows PC. Microsoft Edge is preconfigured to run Windows Media Player by default. The extension is available for both Chrome and Firefox, see links below.
Windows Media Player Extension for Chrome
For more information on installing Windows Media Player Extension for Chrome
Windows Media Player Extension for Firefox
For more information on installing Windows Media Player Extension for Firefox
For Mac you may need to install additional software to support Windows Media such as “.WMV” and “.WAV” files through your browser. There are numerous software applications available, we have found that Flip4Mac works quite well and is free for the basic player version.
Drag and Drop Functionality
“Drag and Drop” functionality allows a user to drag items from their desktop for direct upload into VU Collaborate. This feature will work on all current versions of Microsoft Edge, Firefox and Chrome.
Embedding or Viewing Content
Modern browsers are increasingly introducing new measures to combat possible security risks. This can impact embedding or viewing content within VU Collaborate. In Chrome and Firefox you may need receive a notification asking you to allow pop-ups in the address bar this will disable protection so content can be seen. Microsoft Edge you will be prompted with a pop-up.
Use on Mobile Browsers
Smartphones in general will open VU Collaborate in its mobile form. You may switch to the desktop version by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking “Desktop Version”. Tablet devices will open the full desktop version of the site.
Visit the VU Collaborate Help site at https://studentvucollaboratehelp.vu.edu.au for up to date information and resources.