We’re happy to announce June, July, and August dates for our SVA Faculty Canvas Training. Whether you’re brand new to SVA’s learning management system or just need a refresher, this half-day training will get you well on your way to implementing Canvas in your fall or spring courses. We’ll work together to create a simple Canvas course and explore some of Canvas’ assessment and communication tools as well. For more information or to RSVP, please visit our Eventbrite page.

Questions? Call OLT at 212-259-2313 or email us at olt@sva.edu.

Building on Canvas: New Workshops for the Spring – RSVP Now!

Happy New Year and welcome to another semester! The Office of Learning Technologies is always available to help instructors share rich course content with their students using online teaching and learning tools, such as Canvas. We currently have two new training workshops posted to our Eventbrite page. These workshops will occur on January 16th and 20th and will encapsulate a broad overview of Canvas, so all levels of users are welcome. Contact us anytime with your specific questions or requests. To view workshop dates and RSVP visit our Eventbrite page.

As always, if you’d like to jump in on your own, the Canvas Guides at guides.instructure.com, are available to answer many questions.

Questions? Call OLT at 212-592-2313 or email us at olt@sva.edu for assistance. We hope to see or hear from you soon.

Register and join us the OLT (Office of Learning Technologies) on Wednesday November 4th for our newest workshop – Coding for the Classroom.

Whether it is the use of a blog, LMS , or their own personal site, more and more instructors are using technology to enhance learning within their classroom. With each type of online tool, having a basic understanding of HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) can enhance the interactivity an instructor has with their created material. This workshop will give a basic overview of HTML programming and how it relates to the general formatting of online content utilized by educators.

For more information or to order tickets via the OLT Eventbrite page.

Join the OLT (Office of Learning Technologies) on Tuesday, 11/18, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

VoiceThread (VT) is a plugin fully integrated with Canvas and is a great tool to have discussions centered around media. In this workshop we will explore the different ways you can use VT in your course including critiques, assignments, presentations, general discussions. We will also use this opportunity to practice using VT and setting up VT in your course. This webinar will be hosted in Google Hangouts so all you need is an internet connection and headphones.

Prior to the webinar please review the VT training videos found in Canvas.

Space will be limited to 8 participants and will be first come first serve, so please cancel your reservation if you become unavailable.

Questions? Call OLT (Office of Learning Technologies) at 212-592-2397.

Preparing Your Fall Semester Canvas

Another fall semester is upon us! The Office of Learning Technologies is available to help instructors share rich course content with their students using online teaching and learning tools, such as Canvas. Contact us anytime with your specific questions or requests. Also, OLT is running workshops to help you prepare for fall semester. View dates and RSVP on our Eventbrite page.


New To Canvas?

There are many good reasons to familiarize yourself with the Canvas learning management system (LMS). Most of them have to do with improving your students’ learning experience and simplifying your workflow as an instructor. 88% of the SVA instructors who used Canvas last year told us they plan to use it for future classes. And here are a few reasons… Canvas makes it simple for SVA instructors to:

  • Post information one time in the secure Canvas classroom to give students 24/7 access to course texts, assignment guidelines and schedules.
  • Allow students to create their own online discussion boards with classmates — to ask one another questions, share ideas and collaborate on challenging problems.
  • Send out communications to your entire class or individual students — no need to create a new email list every semester.
  • Maintain all of your course documents and links to online content and video resources in one convenient course shell (and simply roll them over to the next semester).

Want to check it out for yourself? Log in at sva.edu/canvas.


Returning Canvas User?

Most of you, who responded to OLT’s spring 2014 survey about Canvas, reported that you plan to use Canvas for future courses (88%). Also, 74% of you responded that a Canvas training session would be helpful. In addition to reviewing tools you used last year, OLT’s upcoming training sessions will show you these new improvements from Canvas:

  • Draft State: create content in Modules, Assignments, Pages, Quizzes, and Discussions whenever it’s convenient and make them visible to students when you choose
  • GPA Scale grading scheme: create and grade assignments based on a GPA Scale
  • Gradebook: view student grades in an enhanced page design with fully accessible features

As always, if you’d like to jump in on your own, the Canvas Guides at guides.instructure.com, are available to answer many questions. And for those of you itching to move beyond “Canvas basics” we will roll out new workshop topics later this semester.

Questions? Call OLT at 212-592-2313 or email us at olt@sva.edu for assistance. We hope to see or hear from you soon.

The New Media Consortium (NMC) has released its 11th annual NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education Edition. Each year an international group of experts in education, technology, and related fields convenes to create the report. They discuss 18 emerging technology topics including the impact on teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in higher education.

SVA instructors may be interested in the following topics:

Integration of Online, Hybrid, and Collaborative Learning: “To encourage collaboration and reinforce real world skills, universities are experimenting with policies that allow for more freedom in interactions between students when working on projects and assessment” (p. 10).

Scaling Teaching Innovations: “Our schools and universities generally allow us to connect ideas only in prescribed ways—sometimes these lead to new insights, but more likely they lead to rote learning” (p. 28). The Office of Learning Technologies at SVA was created to work collaboratively with instructors and administrators to identify problems and solutions in scaling new teaching practices.

Rise of Data-Driven Learning and Assessment: “There is a growing interest in using new sources of data for personalizing the learning experience and for performance measurement” (p. 12).

3D Printing: ”One of the most significant aspects of 3D printing for education is that it enables more authentic exploration of objects that may not be readily available for universities” (p. 40).

Games and Gamification: “Educational gameplay has proven to foster engagement in critical thinking, creative problem-solving, and teamwork—skills that lead to solutions for complex social and environmental dilemmas” (p. 42).

The full report includes three sections detailing six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in educational technology. There is a list of examples and suggested readings at the end of each individual report.

Download the full report for free here or on the NMC website.

OLT Visits SXSWedu

The Office of Learning Technologies team took a trip to Austin, Texas to participate in SXSWedu. Since 2011, SXSWedu has sought to drive meaningful conversation and collaboration around promising practices to improve teaching and learning.  In 2014, SXSWedu continues its mission of creating an environment where educators, entrepreneurs, and innovators can meet to discuss, promote, and premiere topics surrounding education. The OLT team made this trip to investigate new innovations that are occurring in higher education and beyond, and to better understand how educators reach students (of all ages) in new and dynamic ways.

SXSWedu provided thought-provoking keynote and featured speakers in special sessions which brought to light today’s leading topics and trends in education. Recurring concepts crept into the different sessions like harnessing the adaptability of tech tools to deliver more personalized learning for students. Another theme that stood out was the importance of building a sense of community to provide support and foster discussion among students and teachers.  A third popular topic included weighing the potential values and risks of relying more heavily on performance-driven data to assess and assist students in formal education.

Speakers, such as Diane Ravitch (Research Professor of Education, New York University), spoke about the misguided efforts of privatizing schools at the federal level over the course of a few decades. Nolan Bushnell (Founder of Atari, Inc) gave insight to the structure of learning within games and how factors of activity, extreme time pressure, and an adaptive or personalized nature drives interest regardless of the subject. Norma and Vivienne Ming (Ed-Tech entrepreneurs) focused on how education technology should work with education as an enhancement rather than constraint. They made the point that technology cannot just be forced on a teacher and be expected work, but rather trust must be built in an environment that promotes their ability to use it successfully for their goals.

SXSWedu provided inspiration and ideas on how OLT can better support SVA instructors in navigating valuable new teaching and learning tools – ultimately to enhance the student experience at SVA.


Have you used SVA’s new learning management system this semester and want to take your experience to the next level? Are there some features or lingering questions that you always wanted to learn more about?

The OLT (Office of Learning Technologies) are having two workshop sessions to provide an opportunity, for you the user, to ask us questions related to expanding your knowledge of the Canvas system. These workshops will be held on Tuesday, April 15th and Wednesday, April 23. More details can be found on the OLT Eventbrite page, and if you have any questions call us at 212-592-2313.

View event details and register here.

SVA on YouTube

Early in the Spring semester of 2014, OLT began uploading the special event videos that we create to the SVANYC YouTube channel. YouTube is responsible for 18% of all internet traffic.  It is because of this very impressive statistic that we began uploading these videos to YouTube.

To illustrate the potential of the YouTube channel, we would like to share a few statistics with you.  Since the page went live on January 17th 2014, there have been more than 2,700 unique viewers from 85 different countries.  That worldwide viewing audience has viewed more than 30,000 minutes worth of SVA event videos.  These statistics were achieved without the aid of heavy promotion or advertising and are mostly the result of word of mouth and the power of YouTube’s massive user base.

While increased exposure to this great content is our primary goal, there are many other perks as well.

1)  Simple Analytics – Departments can now find out how many views their videos have by simply looking up the video on YouTube.  Also, more in-depth analytics are available from OLT by request.

2)  Embedding – Each video has it’s own easy to find embed code that can be used to place that video on your departments website, blog, etc.

3)  Live Events – We will now be able to live stream events (at your request) to the SVA YouTube page.  Live streams can also be embedded on external sites.

4)  Featured Channels – If your department already has a YouTube presence, we can add it to the main page’s Featured Channels list to help drive more traffic to your content.

We will continue to upload all of SVA’s event videos to iTunes U as well as provide departments with a copy to use in whatever way they choose to.

We are very excited to bring SVA’s content to an even wider audience.  If you would like more information about broadcasting your event live or how to best share your events once they have been posted on YouTube, please contact OLT.

Use the College’s new Canvas learning management system to enhance your students’ learning experience and streamline your workflow. These training sessions will give a solid overview of Canvas — highlighting opportunities that this new learning management system provides.

New workshop dates have been scheduled: three more sessions have been added for the month of January; there is also sessions that occur once a week in February. Register here to attend these hands-on workshops, and receive personal assistance using Canvas for your Spring courses.

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