New to VU Collaborate

Welcome to New to VU Collaborate

New to VU Collaborate

Welcome to VU Collaborate. VU Collaborate is Victoria University's Learning Management System (or LMS). The LMS incorporates technologies to help you facilitate teaching and learning in an online and blended environment. VU Collaborate is Victoria University's implementation of the Brightspace Learning Management System, created by D2L Brightspace.

VU Collaborate is available here

You can also access VU Collaborate via the MYVU Portal. The MYVU Portal provides links to a range of VU online applications, including VU Collaborate.

To login, use your VU username and password.

VU Collaborate Home is the first page you will see after logging into VU Collaborate.  On this page you will see a list of your spaces, an events calendar, and various other links.

You can use the "Select a space..." drop-down menu to access a unit from any page without having to return to VU Collaborate Home. The "Select a space..." drop-down menu appears at the top left of the screen. When you access VU Collaborate for the first time, you should have access to the delivery space(s) associated with the unit(s) you are teaching. A delivery space is a collaborative area where you build and deliver your unit. There are other types of spaces, such as personal Sandpit spaces and Support spaces such as VU Collaborate Essentials. If you do not have access to your delivery space(s), please contact the Unit Coordinator or College Manager. 

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The following sections provides you with instructions on how to get your delivery space(s) up and running as quickly as possible. Information has been categorised into four broad categories. You can follow these categories from left to right, or dip into the section where you need help.  

Please be aware that VU Collaborate automatically releases spaces to students one week prior to the formal start dates of each teaching period. The Space Creator can override the start date in VU Collaborate Manager to make it earlier, but the date cannot be pushed back.

1: Setting Up

The first section "Setting Up" provides you with a basic introduction to the layout of the VU Collaborate user interface, and will help you to familarise yourself with your delivery space(s) within VU Collaborate.

2: Populating Content

Once you have familiarised yourself with the layout and features of VU Collaborate, you can look at populating your unit with content. VU Collaborate supports many different types of content, including documents (e.g. Word, PDF), video (e.g. videos), and interactive content such as H5P learning objects which you can build from with the VU Collaborate environment. 

3: Communicating With Students

Having effective communication strategy is of paramount importance, especially in an increasingly digital world. VU Collaborate provides a number of communication tools to help facilitate effective communication. Through effective facilitation, use of these tools should have a positive impact on student learning.

4: Running Assessment

VU Collaborate's Assessment Dropbox tool allows you manage student assignment submissions. This section covers setting up of Dropbox folders and quizzes, creating rubrics, using Turnitin to detect and prevent plagiarism, and grading student submissions using TurnItIn's GradeMark tool.

Introducing VU Collaborate Video Guide

Policy & Principals


Communications Essentials

Building Assessments  


Enrolling and Managing Users


Adding Basic Content and Copyright

Using Emails, Chat, and Discussion Boards


Using TurnItIn 

Collaborating with other VU Staff


Developing and Using Interactive Content

Incorporating Blogs & Wikis



Checking Student Enrollments


Lecture recordings and Video


Facilitating Virtual Classrooms