The Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL) offers a wide range of free services to University faculty with the following goals: to provide access to teaching tools and resources that instructors need; to help instructors develop fluency with information technology and educational strategies; and to serve as a catalyst for innovation with technology supported teaching and learning techniques inside and outside of the classroom.
Request a Workshop
CCNMTL offers free workshops for faculty and instructors on Columbia's Morningside and Medical Campuses who are interested in using technology to enhance their teaching. Workshops vary by topic and length and are offered throughout the year at various locations. Groups of instructors (small or large, within departments or across disciplines) can request customized workshops focusing on specific needs. Customized workshops can be offered at the department or in the Faculty Support Lab. Requests or questions about CCNMTL workshops can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 212-854-9058.
Managing your course with CourseWorks@Columbia
A first step for many instructors who want to use technology in the classroom is to set up a course management Web site to help manage various aspects of their courses. CourseWorks@Columbia, the University's course management system, offers professors course sites to post assignments, library reserves, and syllabi. A CourseWorks site is a good way to make course material accessible to students at any time -- in many cases eliminating paper handouts. Instructors can easily revise course materials as the semester progresses or migrate the materials to a course in the future.
Engaging your students with Columbia Wikispaces
Columbia Wikispaces provides a collaborative Web site--called a "wiki"-- for each course at the University. Instructors and students can easily post text, images, and video to a course wiki, which supplements course curriculum. Wikispaces is a useful tool for professors who want to encourage information-sharing and discussion in their course through group assignments, peer-editing, and resource collection. It can be used as a counterpart to CourseWorks and can implement Web 2.0 tools, such as Google Docs and YouTube.
Faculty Support Lab: 204 Butler Library
Faculty are encouraged to use the Faculty Support Lab (204 Butler Library) to develop digital content for their course sites. For instance, images, texts, audio, and video can be incorporated into course sites to provide students a rich resource for study. The Faculty Support Lab has Macintosh and Windows computers with scanners, media stations, and the latest software titles. Our staff is always present to provide assistance. The facility is reserved for use by faculty working on their courses.
Beyond Course Web Sites
Over time, faculty begin to see possibilities for using new media and technology that go beyond the use of a course Web site. Educational Technologist will help realize these possibilities using the development capabilities of the Center. Examples include, creating a simple visualization to explain a complex concept or an indexed video clip for review.
When the scope of a faculty request requires a substantitial investment of resources, faculty are encouraged to submit a project application describing their ideas and plans for classroom integration.
Past faculty projects include simulations, multimedia treatments of seminal texts, communications tools, case studies, training environments, and digital archives.
Projects and the Design Research methodology
Accepted proposals begin a development process defined by our Design Research methodology. This methodology is central to the approach for all projects because it ensures that the resulting products can be evaluated and refined based on clear educational objectives defined in the early stages of the process. The methodology integrates the exploration and development of digital technologies with pedagogical theory and practice ? it can best be summarized with the simple phrase: "build to learn." The goal of the process is to contribute to the understanding of best practices of technology in education.
To get started, faculty and instructors can contact CCNMTL via email or by phone (email@example.com or 212-854-9058) or can visit any of our facilities during business hours.