NuVu Portfolio Platform

Quick Links: What is Nuvu?, Possible Uses, Using the Platform - Students, Using the Platform - Faculty, Resources, For more information

 

What is Nuvu?

NuVu (pronounced "new view") is a portfolio-based assessment tool used by select faculty in the Architecture department at Wentworth. A portfolio serves as a compilation of student work done during the semester and is meant to show the student's growth over time and development of key academic and life skills (creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, research, quantitative reasoning and analysis). 

If your instructor decides to integrate NuVu within their course design, each student is provided with their own online "studio" on NuVu's online platform, where they document and present their work, submit assignments, etc. 

Using the NuVu's tool, faculty are able to assess how far the student has developed since the beginning of the course. The portfolio-based assessment helps make learning and assessment relevant to students' lives.

 

Possible Uses

Instructors may decide to use Nuvu within their course design for a variety of assessment options including, but not limited to:

  • share studio information and announcements centrally and per section
  • share your ongoing project with studio peers and instructors
  • archive different projects in the form of an online portfolio
  • share resources like precedent projects, inspirational images, articles etc.
  • collect project images to make presentations

 

Using the NuVu Platform - Students

 

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Creating Posts

The site is post based. In general every post should have visual content. If you are posting a link to a website with images or a video, you should post some of the images directly onto the platform. The information below applies to all areas of content creation.

Note: You CANNOT combine photos and videos in a single post. You MUST upload images, files and videos separately.  In other words, upload images first and be sure to Save.  Then edit the existing post and upload files and then Save, etc.  We are currently working with NuVu to streamline this process.

  • Anytime you want to make a new post simply click inside the box where it says "CREATE A POST".


Adding Content to posts

Note: You MUST upload images, files and videos separately.  In other words, upload images first and be sure to Save.  Then edit the existing post (see instructions below "Editing Posts") and upload files and then Save, etc.  We are currently working with NuVu to streamline this process.

  • You can add text in the text box and use formatting options.
  • Adding Images
    • Use the Images icon to pick an image from your hard drive
    • Use the Existing Images icon to pick an image from other posts in the current studio from or from another site. Using images from the current studio is vital for assembling weekly post summaries and presentations. 
    • To fetch images from another site, click on Existing Images, then From Another Site and enter the url. Not all sites are compatible with the fetcher, and images must have a minimum resolution of 500px in either direction.
    • Once your images are uploaded you can add captions or reorder images. Titles and captions will appear under the image in the post. This is a good tool for presentations and labels.
  • Use the Embed icon to embed YouTube and Vimeo videos and other content. Copy the actual URL of the video or site you wish to embed, NOT the embed code.
  • Use the Files icon to attach a PDF or other file types to your post. Do NOT upload images or videos as files.
  • When posting PDFs, you should also post a .jpg version as "images" so that your post is visual in nature
  • Use the Videos icon to add a video from your hard drive.
  • Privacy Settings controls who can see the post. Privacy is generally defaulted to the School level.
  • You can choose to disallow Comments if you wish. Comments are default allowed.
  • Clicking on Notify Participants will send your post as an email to everyone in the studio or everyone in the project, depending on where the post resides. Faculty have the option for allowing or disallowing this checkbox, so you may not see it.

Editing Posts

After a post is published you can edit the post by clicking on the little gear icon on the top right-hand side of the post. You can

  • Click on Edit to edit the post text; add, reorder, title and caption images; or add new content.
  • Click on Delete to delete the post.
  • Click on Copy to copy the post into memory. You can Paste the post anywhere you have rights to post by clicking the four bars in the Studio menu and selecting Paste Post.
  • Clock on Toggle Header to turn the header on and off.
  • Click on Ownership & Privacy to Add Collaborators to the post. Collaborators are able to edit the post and add content. Only one person can edit the post at a time.

 

Access NuVu - Faculty

  1. From your Blackboard course web site, click NuVu from the left side menu.
  2. Next, Edit the NuVu link in Blackboard and select "No" for the setting, Permit Users to view this content until AFTER the add/drop deadline. For merged courses, only the coordinator will do the above.
  3. Click Submit to Save

 

Setting up the Studio

Note: Your NuVu Course Title will be the same as that in Blackboard. Please DO NOT change it!

  1. On the right side of the page, click the four lines and select Edit Studio
  2. In the General Tab, click Show on Explore Page.
  3. Click Save
  4. In the Design Tab, you may select a Representative Image that will display on the Explore Page.
  5. Click Upload Image to select an image from your computer or network drive.  Or choose Pick from Existing Images to select an image that has already been uploaded to this site.
  6. Click Save
  7. In the Tags Tab, select the relevant degree level and year.
  8. Click Save

 

 

Creating Sections - Course Coordinators Only

  • Click on Settings icon --> Setup
  • Under Setup, click on Tabs
  • Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page, click on Add Tab, choose Sections from the drop down menu and click on Save:
  • Navigate to the Sections tab. Type in section name (use section instructors' last names, e.g., "Epshteyn") and hit Enter on your keyboard.

     

Uploading your course syllabus

In the Syllabus tab, click on text box with "Enter Title Here". This will open a text editor. Enter Title, such as "Syllabus". . . Click on File. Follow the prompts for uploading a file, then click on Publish.

 

Adding additional resources

  • Navigate to the Resources tab. Type in resource name (e.g. "Readings") and hit Enter on your keyboard.
  • Click on the resulting resource folder.
  • Click on text box with "Enter Title Here". This will open a text editor. Enter Title, such as "Week 1 Readings". Upload files or type text into the box. When done, click on Publish.

 

Setting up Projects

Project folders are created automatically for each student as they enter the course for the first time. However, instructors or course coordinators must set up Project Tabs for multiple assignments.

  • Click on Settings icon --> Setup
  • Under Setup, click on Tabs
  • Scroll down to Projects, add more Sub-tabs as needed (one for each assignment in the course), and create a Label for each assignment (e.g. Assignment 1, Assignment 2, Final Project, etc.). When done, click Save.

When students are added, project folders are automatically created for each student.

 

Resources

Please take moment to review NuVu Support site.

 

For more information

Please contact Learning Innovation & Technology for assistance using this product in your course or project.  Email lit@wit.edu, stop by Beatty 318, or call 617-989-5428.