Triangle Initiative: Creating Digital Tools for Education, Research & Community

The Triangle Initiative is a strategic effort of Columbia University's Center for New Media Teaching and Learning to create digital tools and capacities that serve the intersecting interests of education, research, and the larger community.

"The revolution in digital technology has exacerbated the differences among people... The challenge of the future is to leverage more in the interest of the many with little and to create the conditions for a greater democratization of human possibilities that the explosive technology movements of our time make possible, always remembering that the technology does not dictate its use, but we, its inventors, do."
- Frank Moretti, CCNMTL executive director

Recent Projects


Masivukeni_thumbnail Masivukeni, which loosely translates to "let's wake up" in Xhosa, is a computer-assisted program that supports counselors at health clinics in Cape Town, South Africa in assisting HIV-positive adults to adhere to their antiretroviral drug regimens through a combination of... MORE


WINGS_thumbnail The WINGS study is currently taking place at two courts in the Bronx. Participants are recruited from waiting areas and are then randomized into the laptop or the traditional arm of the study. The goal of the study is to... MORE

Collateral Consequences Calculator

Collateral Consequences Calculator_thumbnail Collateral consequences to criminal charges present a problem to the fair and ethical administration of justice in the United States. There are often consequences to a criminal conviction even for seemingly minor crimes that are not written into a defendant's... MORE

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WACEP Launches Two New Online Courses on Water, Weather, and Climate Change

The Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL) and the Water and Climate Education Program (WACEP) collaborative recently launched courses three and four in a series of online courses that address the ongoing societal challenges of managing water... MORE

WACEP Launches with Online Courses on Water, Weather, and Climate Change

In the Caribbean, most states rely on a single source of water for all domestic, agricultural, and industrial needs. The challenge of managing this limited resource is worsened by variations in precipitation brought on by climate change. Furthermore, the... MORE

New Website Provides Online Training for Doctors Caring for People With HIV

Doctors and nurses in New York and New Jersey will have a new way to learn about the latest hepatitis C treatments thanks to, a new collaboration between the New York/New Jersey AIDS Education and Training Center (NYNJ AETC)... MORE

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Our Partners

Robert Remien "Building upon a proven behavioral intervention called “SMART Couples” which we developed at the HIV Center, our team is working with the CCNMTL Triangle Initiative to design a new multimedia intervention in South Africa called Masivukeni. This new computer-based system can be used by non-professional peer counselors to help patients enlist the assistance of partners, friends, and other people from their social support network so that together they can understand the importance of taking their medications as prescribed and maintain high levels of treatment adherence."
- Robert Remien, Research Scientist, HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, and Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Burton Edelstein "Early Childhood Caries (ECC), or severe tooth decay, is the leading chronic disease of children under six in the United States. Created through work with the CCNMTL Triangle Initiative, MySmileBuddy is an interactive web-based health education and health behavioral change tool that aims to change the focus of ECC treatment from surgical intervention to disease prevention.  Designed for use on an iPad, MySmileBuddy is a bilingual, interactive application developed by a multidisciplinary team of educators for community health workers in helping parents understand and manage risks for ECC."
- Burton Edelstein, Professor of Clinical Dentistry (in Community Health), School of Dental and Oral Surgery, and Professor of Clinical Health Policy and Management, Mailman School of Public Health

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