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Columbia University to Host Symposium on Digital Media and the Humanities

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On May 5, the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL) will host Moving Images and the (Digital) Humanities: Toward Best Practices for Teaching and Learning, a day-long symposium on the role of digital media in teaching and learning.

The symposium will gather leading professionals from the humanities and film/video fields from institutions including Columbia, the Museum of the Moving Image, the Museum of the City of New York, CUNY Graduate Center, AMC/AMC Networks, Kino Lorber Films, the British Film Institute, the MacArthur Foundation, the Mozilla Foundation, and more.

Participants will explore the role of multimedia in higher education today and map out new directions for future work and research, focusing on questions such as:

  • How does video now function as an important part of digital media fluency?
  • What kinds of technologies and support do faculty need in order to include analysis and creation of digital media content in their courses?
  • What are the essential skills that students should develop in these areas?
  • What are the best strategies for bringing digital humanities research and scholarship into the classroom through multimedia?

As part of the symposium, participants also will explore several innovative projects in digital media and education, including CCNMTL’s tools Mediathread and the Film Language Glossary; work by faculty and students at the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture; and Cengage Learning’s MindTap electronic course material platform. Discussions will cover how these projects can be adapted to better meet the teaching and learning needs of today’s media and technology environment.

The public can use the Twitter hashtag #MIDH2014 to follow the symposium proceedings.