While it is much more convenient to create content inside the NuVu Slide Editor, sometimes work from other websites (such as Google slides) needs to be shown. Using the embed feature, we can easily add content from these websites.

Preparing your Content (Google Slides)

If you're working out of google slides, follow these steps.

  1. Head to google slides, open up the presentation you'd like to embed
  2. Click on Share in the top right of your presentation
  3. Click on Get Link and change the share settings to Anyone with the link can view
  4. Click Copy Link and head back to the NuVu Website
  5. Congrats! From here we will head to the next section which covers embedding in depth

Once we have prepped our content in the section above, we need to actually embed it. Follow the steps below to finish the embedding process.
  1. After clicking "Create a Post", find the button labeled Embed. This will open up a new text box to enter a url 
  2. Take your public Google Slides link from earlier and paste it into the newly appeared text box
  3. Click Embed, if done successfully, your presentation will now appear. Otherwise, you will be given a "Invalid Url" error. Try to follow the steps in the Preparing Your Content section again, not setting your presentation to public is the most common problem when following this process
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Assignments and Where I Post Them

Before our discussion of assignments and where to post them, users should familiarize themselves with Navigating within a Studio. The basic layout of a studio that will be referenced in this post is highlighted there. Please take a minute to review this layout. We will be using a studio with the layout: Feed, Info, Resources, Assignments, Projects. 

Often times in a Studio, the question arises: Where do I post my work? The answer isn't always clear without help from an instructor. In this post, we will be talking through some scenarios and where to post work for each.

Project Work

Documentation of project work is arguably the most important type of work to know how to post. First, navigate to the Projects tab and then into your individual project. As highlighted in the slideshow above, once inside your folder you will see a few tabs. In our example, we have: Updates, Precedents, Portfolio, Writing each made for housing different type of posts. Let's go over each one and what work is posted in them:

  • Updates
    • This is where you will be posting the most. The Updates tab is where you will post your daily posts, random updates and any other work that doesn't have a home. The Updates tab is the most robust tab in the studio. Post any work here related to your Project that doesn't fit in the other 3 sections.
  • Precedents
    • The Precedents section is used for all Precedent resources from instructors and students. As an instructor, this tab is useful for posting relevant background for a student's project in an easy place they can see. For students, this tab is useful to have a one stop shop for all of your Precedent and background information related to your project.
  • Portfolio
    • The Portfolio tab will only be used close to the end of a Studio. All final work should be posted in this tab. It will house: Final Presentations, Final Diagrams and all other Final Work. This tab is useful for showing off the culmination of the work made by students in studios. It is often used as the portfolio for the studio after it is completed.
  • Writing
    • The Writing tab is used at NuVu's Main Campus: Cambridge. Writing is used for "The Brief". The brief is a piece of writing used to describe a student's project and provide insights into its background. 

Updates Tab (Assignment Folder)

Outside of a Project Folder, the majority of a student's posts will be posted in an Assignment Folder. Throughout a Studio, students will complete a variety of assignments. All of this work should be documented on the website, but a question arises: Where do I post it? For each assignment, a folder should be created in the Assignments Tab. Inside of each of these folders, there will be at least two tabs. In our example there is: Prompt and Updates. Prompt is used by instructors to introduce the assignment while Updates is used by students to post their work that is related to this assignment.  

What is the NuVu Platform?

The NuVu Platform was created to support student documentation and collaboration. It acts as a digital sketchbook, learning management system, and presentation and portfolio tool.

What makes our platform different is that it is centered on visually-based media and content, and designed specifically for studio-based teaching and learning.

A studio-based teaching environment is highly dynamic, with different phases and parts of projects happening simultaneously and also at their own paces. The platform is a tool that provides a structure for that process while also being flexible. Instructors can clearly communicate the intent and resources of the studio, and students can access and engage with these resources as needed.

Teachers can post assignments, create project folders and generate interactive content for students. Our dynamic studio structure allows for any and all types of learning to be accomplished. The platform is where teachers guide students through the iterative and design based learning process. 

Students can post the progress of their work on regular intervals and the platform allows students to easily share ideas visually and quickly through the upload of images from their phone, which becomes super critical as we all become more adept at virtual teaching and learning. The platform is where students document their process through the posting of sketches, photographs, design research, and writing. Students can collaborate virtually with their classmates, even though they are not in the same physical location. 

The platform also allows for commenting and feedback from coaches, outside reviewers or experts, and student peers. For example if you had a practitioner expert that was on a review panel, they could comment directly on students’ work and provide feedback on the platform. 

Studio culture is an important part of the architecture school experience, and the platform aims to support this culture through the open sharing of work. Students and faculty can see work from any student, or any studio, across the platform, and comment and engage with that work. 

At the end of a project or term, students can use the platform to present their final work. 

This work can also be shared publicly with peers, potential employers, media outlets, or community partners.


This post serves as a transition from the old to the new slide editor. It will highlight the main differences and main improvements made in the new iteration of the slide editor. Lastly, it will be a broad overview of the differences, to see much more in-depth information on what the new editor has to hold, check out the information in the Guides and Documentation tabs of this studio. 


With so many upload options and buttons, it often gets confusing on what to upload and where. This post will serve as an introduction to what file formats we support and where to upload. Images, Embeds and Files are all covered in this post. 

Image Formats
Our website supports JPEG, PNG and GIFs. This includes uploading via the Media button or directly in the Slide Editor. These main three formats should encompass all file types that our users will be using. If there are file formats that you wish to have added, please contact us at

Content that needs to be shared from another site is best added to our website via embeds. Embedding content is most useful when adding content to your presentation such as: Youtube or Vimeo videos and Google Docs. Youtube or Vimeo videos will appear as an embedded video, ready to click and watch. Google Docs will appear as an embedded document. You'll be able to scroll through it, but not edit. Make sure your Google Doc link is set to public viewing before embedding it or it will not appear. 

Attaching a File

Rhino, Illustrator, Unity or other files that need to be uploaded and shared within a studio should be attached. This allows other users to quickly download content you want to share. 

Follow these steps to reset your password on the NuVu website.

Resetting your password on the website is the same process as setting up your password for the first time. The post Logging in for the First Time covers this content, but it will be repeated below for ease of access. If you'd prefer to digest this information in Video form, please click the link mentioned above for a video. 

  1. Go to your school's domain, such as
  2. Go to the top right corner of the page and click on Login.
  3. Click on Reset Password, enter your Email and click Send Password Reset Link.
  4. Go to the email you entered in the previous step and look for an email from NuVu with the subject line: "NuVu Password Reset Instructions". Open up this email and click on the pink button titled: Reset your Password.
  5. Follow the link from Reset your Password. Enter a new password once, and then again to confirm. Afterwards, click Update Password to finalize your new password. You'll be automatically logged in.