TLT Today | January 2020

Welcome to TLT Today: E-Newsletter for Faculty


Table of Contents

DoCS Creates a Vibrant Rutgers Lifelong Learning Center

Rutgers Online Learning Conference

The Power of Instructional Design

Migration to Canvas Update

Top 10 Advantages of Canvas for Faculty

Come to Camp Canvas!

U.S. News & World Report ranks Rutgers in 2020 Best Online Programs



DoCS Creates a Vibrant Rutgers Lifelong Learning Center



This summer, Rutgers Division of Continuing Studies (DoCS) opened the Rutgers Lifelong Learning Center, a new building that provides a one-stop center for supporting faculty and optimal classroom spaces for enhanced learning. Formerly known as ASB-III, the fully revamped facility at 3 Rutgers Plaza, New Brunswick, helps Continuing Studies further the academic mission of the University and meet the needs of faculty, staff and lifelong learners at every age.

“We are very pleased to have designed a new learning center that benefits the people we serve,” says Richard Novak, vice president for continuing studies and distance education. “From faculty training and instructional design, to active learning classrooms, we accommodate faculty from all campuses at our new site.  We welcome the Rutgers community to come and discover this center of learning and new technology.”

LLC Benefits for Learners and Faculty

The new building connects to the University’s strategic plan by ensuring that Continuing Studies is using “tomorrow’s technology today” to “improve the student experience.”  Faculty have the benefit of the newest technology for instructional design, including Game Research and Immersive Design (GRID) instruction, as well as classes on the benefits of Canvas. Multiple groups hold programs in the building, bringing learners of diverse ages into one vibrant center. 

Those groups include:

  • Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT), part of DoCS, offers a one-stop location for faculty to receive advanced instructional design training for online and hybrid courses. Faculty can use advanced technology, gamification and other design products to create and update engaging curriculums.  The site also has a New Media Center with a DIY Studio for creating multimedia content for online and hybrid courses.
  • The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutgers (OLLI-RU) offers a wide range of noncredit education for individuals over 50. The group now has a beautiful art studio, movie screening room, handicapped accessibility and ample parking.
  • The Center for Government Services (CGS) provides training for state and local officials, making New Jersey a safer place to live by providing specialized training.  

Come by for a visit soon and experience the joys of lifelong learning!



Rutgers Online Learning Conference

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Rutgers Online Learning Conference – March 16, 2020 at the Hyatt Conference Center – New Brunswick, NJ – Early registration ends this Friday (1/24)!

Click here to register!



The Power of Instructional Design



Rutgers TLT Instructional Designers help faculty create effective materials in order to produce the best learning experiences for students. Professor Hyun Gon Kim and Marie Li discuss what goes into making a successful educational curriculum in platforms such as online courses.



Migration to Canvas Update


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Rutgers has selected Canvas as the University’s official learning management system. TLT is working collaboratively with the Office of Information Technology (OIT) on the migration project.  TLT’s Instructional Designers and Migration Specialists have been working with faculty and schools to migrate course content from legacy learning management systems to Canvas. TLT’s goal is to minimize the impact on faculty and students, while enhancing online learning and instructional design. 

“The transition to Canvas is well underway with the Moodle migrations set to wrap up before the start of the Spring 2020 semester and both Sakai and Blackboard migration pilots nearing completion,” says Charles Collick, Associate Director, IT Accessibility & Instructional Technology. Migration Project Lead “Additional migrations are being scheduled at the academic unit level for the Spring/Summer 2020 semesters.”

If your unit is interested in beginning the migration process now, contact Additional information regarding the transition to Canvas can be found at



Top 10 Advantages of Canvas for Faculty


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  • Clean interface: Canvas's straightforward, simple architecture lets instructor content be the focus. The user interface for students and faculty has well-designed elements that are easy to access, understand, and use.
  • Easier building experience: Canvas is easy to navigate, so instructors can build courses easily and consistently.
  • Use of applications: It allows instructors to integrate trusted third-party applications, such as Google Docs, for productive and collaborative projects in education.
  • Mobile app: Functional and fast mobile capabilities means instructors can complete tasks on the go, like communicating with students.
  • Innovative teaching tools: (SpeedGrader, Arc, Commons). Speedgrader makes grading assignments much easier, enabling instructors to give students more thorough and efficient feedback.
  • Connecting students: Social connectedness has proven benefits for students’ well-being & learning outcomes.
  • Cloud storage: This cloud-based platform perfectly aligns with new and emerging educational technology.
  • Course management:  When you create or update an assignment in Canvas, it automatically populates the syllabus, grade book and calendar.
  • Conferences: Canvas has a built-in conference feature that allows students and faculty to connect. It can be virtual office hours.
  • Videos: It is easy to upload and share videos, making multimedia a source of collaboration.

There are two Canvas Top 5 videos:

  1. Top 5 Coolest
  2. Top 5 Time Savers 



Come to Camp Canvas!


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TLT regularly runs Camp Canvas, a 1-day campout at the Rutgers Lifelong Learning Center, 3 Rutgers Plaza, with everything you need to know to get started using and building your course in Canvas.

What is it?

A full day of hands-on, interactive, and practical activities guided by your camp counselors, AKA our team of instructional designers and support specialists. You will leave camp with an arsenal of new skills, a Canvas course shell you have designed yourself, and ideas for how to maximize the tools and technologies available within it. The ideal campers are faculty and staff who are new to Canvas, curious about how it can support teaching and learning in their classroom, and interested in getting some support from a team of expert instructional designers. Whether your course is online, hybrid, or face-to-face, we are here to help.​

What it is Not?

Camp Canvas is not your typical workshop. You will be in the driver’s seat, deciding what is most important for you to learn. If you are looking for a more traditional session on Canvas basics, we encourage you to sign up for one of our upcoming Intro to Canvas sessions. We will also be focusing our attention on how Canvas can be used for instruction (credit and non-credit alike!). The workshop will not be geared toward the use of Canvas for committee work or similar projects.

If you missed the most recent camp, check with the website for future camps



U.S. News & World Report ranks Rutgers in 2020 Best Online Programs


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Congratulations to Rutgers faculty for the inclusion of several online programs in U.S. News & World Report’s ranking for top online programs.

RANKED #17 in Best Online Graduate Business Degree Program (Non MBA) for two programs

  • Rutgers University--New Brunswick and Newark is ranked No. 17 in Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA).
    The nation's only advanced degree program in governmental accounting: the online Master's in Governmental Accounting prepares graduates to take advantage of career opportunities in governmental accounting, auditing and finance. 
  • The online MS in Supply Chain Management offers the same high caliber and quality of a nationally ranked, solution oriented and leading edge face to face supply chain management program in a highly interactive and leading edge format.

RANKED #115, A U.S. News “Best Online program" for Graduate Education in two programs

  • Rutgers University--New Brunswick is ranked No. 115 in Best Online Graduate Education Programs. The online Language of Education program is for students interested in the psychology of human learning, cognition, and development as it applies to education.
  • The online Adult and Continuing Education program trains students through practical application to help adults learn and change in a wide variety of contexts.