Introduction to Mediathread

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Mediathread is an innovative new platform built by CCNMTL that supports multimedia analysis within a communal environment. Users of Mediathread are able to lift video, audio, and image items from a range of digital collections and then work with them in a course-specific website.

Instructors designate digital collections that contain source materials for a given course, and post analytic assignments in Mediathread. WIth the click of an easily installed browser bookmarklet, students can import items from these collections into Mediathread, where they then can then be annotated, organized, shared, and embedded into multimedia compositions.

Collections compatible with Mediathread include groups of videos, audio files, and/or images assembled for courses, mulitmedia databases licensed by Columbia University Libraries, and publicly available collections such as YouTube, Flickr, OpenVault, and Wikimedia Commons.

CCNMTL also offers Columbia University instructors and students the ability to upload individual files directly into Mediathread for analysis.

Mediathread is being used in a range of courses at Columbia University as well as other institutions. For more information, watch the introductory video below, read descriptions of Mediathread use in teacher education, social work, and film study, or contact CCNMTL at ccnmtl-mediathread@columbia.edu.