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The Office of Learning Technologies (OLT) has an overarching goal of enhancing student and faculty engagement, learning, and communication at SVA. 

Faculty Support

OLT provides training and support to faculty through:

  • Access to new teaching and learning tools, information on best practices using these tools, video-based tutorials, FAQs, and relevant higher ed news
  • Live workshops and Webinars throughout the year
  • Faculty walk-in hours, phone and email support
Online Course Development

OLT supports current and developing online courses at SVA. MPS Digital Photography (2009) was the first low-residency program at SVA and its foundation brought together half of the individuals that make up the current Office of Learning Technologies staff. A low-residency program is one in which students study online during fall and spring semesters, and visit New York City to study in person over the summer. A second “low-res” program (MFA Art Practice) started in 2011 and a third (MFA Visual Narrative) launched in summer 2013. OLT develops and manages all of the online courses for these programs, and will support the planning and development of future online programs or individual courses.

Research & Advocacy

The Office of Learning Technologies is a centralized location for continuous research and vetting of teaching and learning technologies. “Ed tech” is an extremely dynamic industry with new tools rolling out every month. We want to be aware of new tools and practices in higher ed, while remaining grounded in the needs of the SVA community. Some of the ways we continue to strengthen our foundation of knowledge about learning technologies and best practices in the classroom are:

  • Research and review new teaching and learning technologies and best use practices
  • Conduct annual faculty and student surveys
  • Pilot various new tools and systems with faculty and relevant staff
  • Continue fostering a dialogue with faculty — to hear their needs, suggestions, etc.
  • Liaise between chairs, faculty, system administrators, directors of operation, Visual Arts Library, IT, Institutional Research, external vendors…


Sound Booth

Sound Booth
OLT has a professional, isolated sound booth for recording of lectures, screen recordings, audio interviews, screen interviews, etc. The Sound Booth is equipped with the following hardware and software, and is available for use by SVA faculty. To reserve a timeslot in the Sound Booth, please fill out the reservation form or call 212.592.2729.

  • Mac Pro CPU
  • Dual Apple Cinema Display monitors
  • Single condenser microphone
  • Webcam
  • Wacom Tablet
  • Adobe CS6 Design Premium
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4
  • iWorks 09
  • iShowU HD Pro
  • Camtasia 2
  • Skype
Video Production & Promotion

Event Coverage & iTunesU
OLT strives to capture and make available as much rich SVA-related content as possible. We shoot public events in the SVA Theatre and several other spaces across campus. These videos are edited and distributed to the department that hosted the event, and iTunesU. If you visit the School of Visual Arts channel on iTunesU, you will find many spectacular events that were held on campus and are viewed each week by thousands of individuals, from every corner of the world. OLT also shoots all of the lecture and demo videos for the College’s low-residency programs (discussed below in "Online Course Development), as well as training videos used for faculty development and support.


Video Studio
OLT has a professional video studio with 5-point lighting and seamless background. One-way interviews can be conducted with 2-camera coverage in 1080p HD with professional sound and lighting. Editing services are also available. Studio time is limited so please contact us at least two weeks prior to your desired interview date.

Blog Feed

  • Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education Edition

    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...

  • Tuesday, April 8, 2014

    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...

  • Tuesday, April 8, 2014

    Delving Deeper into Canvas: Two New Workshops Added – RSVP Now!

    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...

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