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Archive Category: 2000

In The News:
Grad Students Help Place Course Syllabi Online, Columbia University Record

It wasn't until two years ago when the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL) opened, that faculty were able to get a course syllabus published online, a web site developed or a bulletin board built for free. . .

Article: Columbia University Record - Grad Students Help Place Course Syllabi Online

Columbia University Record articles focus on CCNMTL efforts

December 15, 2000. The Columbia University RECORD published two articles focusing on the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning's (CCNMTL's) pedagogical role at the university.

The first, "General Studies Offers a Paperless Undergraduate Class", was also referred to in New York Magazine's December 18-25, 2000 special Spring Education advertising editorial section.

The second, "Grad Students Help Place Course Syllabi Online" Record story describes the role of Departmental Associate Education Technologists (DAETs), a group of graduate students trained under a CCNMTL program designed to provided greater support for faculty.

In The News:
Intellectual Property Rights Attorney to Speak at Columbia University, Columbia University Record

The next session of the University Seminar on New Media Teaching and Learning will be the first annual joint event of the Seminar and the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning. . .

Article: Columbia University Record - Grad Students Help Place Course Syllabi Online

CCNMTL office at the Health Sciences campus now open for business

December 1, 2000. The Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL) opened its new Health Sciences Campus location this week. While the Center has been in operation serving the faculty from the uptown campus since early this Fall, the staff had been working out of a crowded makeshift office making it difficult to function effectively. The new location is conveniently located across the street from the Hammer Building at the Armory Track and Field Center at 168th Street. The Armory, soon to be home of the National Track and Field Hall of Fame and already the home of several national and community organizations as well as the Columbia Center for Population and Family Health gives the Center a connection to the community and the University.

A unique feature of this new location is that the office is entirely wireless, connected to Columbia University and the rest of the Internet using a wireless access point that intercepts a beam of information that is sent from a similarly configured access point on the wired network. This focus on exploring new technologies is representative of the Center's goals of integrating new media tools with the health sciences curriculum. Thus far, the emphasis uptown has been on working with imaging and digital video technologies to provide health care students with patient simulations, virtual charts, and case studies, as well as providing the same services provided by CCNMTL at the Morningside campus.

In early January, The Center will announce an open house for faculty and staff to visit and become acquainted with the work of the Center. Until then, Dr. John Zimmerman, Associate Director of the Center and head of the uptown office, invites inquiries and visitors. John can be reached at (646) 772-8607 or

Columbia College Today features CCNMTL in its special edition on "Technology and Columbia"

December 2000. Columbia College Today (CCT) features a story on the digital revolution taking place at Columbia University entitled "Columbia Goes Digital" with an extensive discussion of the mission of CCNMTL.

The magazine is distributed to all College Alumni as well as all currently affiliated students, staff, and faculty to the university. If you would like to obtain a copy you may contact CCT directly at, fax: 212.870.2747, or by telephone: 212.870.2752.

In The News:
Center for New Media Teaching and Learning Supporting faculty's use of technology, Columbia College Today

Not long ago, George Flynn, Higgins Professor of Chemistry, was finishing his lectures with a hoarse throat and powdered palms. His students would retreat home with sketches hastily reconstructed from Flynn's renditions on the chalkboard, and a bit of fatigue from deciphering professorial handwriting. . .

Article: Columbia College Today - Center for New Media Teaching and Learning Supporting faculty's use of technology, Columbia College Today

eCompany features CCNMTL Executive Director, Frank Moretti in article on the transformation of the university by new media technologies

November 22, 2000. eCompany (December 2000), a new media industry magazine, published the feature story, "The Web is Transforming the University. How and Why?", describing the current debate surrounding technology and how it is changing the university as we know it. Dr. Moretti’s picture is accompanied by the following text:

"This is the third great paradigmatic shift in learning history," argues Frank Moretti, head of the Center for New Media Teaching and Learning at Columbia University, one of the leaders in embracing the Web. (The first two great paradigmatic shifts were the inventions of the Greek alphabet in the eight century B.C. and Gutenberg's press in the 15th century.) "Now we have the chance to reinvent education and create something better," Moretti adds.

Full text of the article is available at

In The News:
Desert Yields Secrets to Columbia Junior, Columbia University Record

Angela Barranco, a Columbia College junior and environmentalist, was one of the five students who earned the nickname "hardcore wild desert woman" this past summer while studying at Columbia's Biosphere 2 facility in Arizona as part of the Summer Ecosystem Experiences for Undergraduates program (SEE-U). . .

Article: Columbia University Record - Desert Yields Secrets to Columbia Junior

Brownfield Action 2.0 launches in Barnard Environmental Science course

October 2, 2000. Brownfield Action 2.0, the second iteration of an interactive simulation of contaminated landsite on CD-ROM developed by CCNMTL, began this week in Barnard College's environmental science department. The simulation integrates knowledge from a wide range of sources (environmental science, chemistry, geography, geology, epidemiology, the etiology of illness, civics and economics) to solve problems of environmental contamination.

Brownfield Action is intended for use as the main laboratory exercise of the Introduction to Environmental Science course at Barnard College, taught by Prof. Peter Bower. Over 100 students working in pairs will spend the next 10 weeks experiencing what it is like to be an environmental site investigator as they explore a brownfield in a virtual town. Using maps, interviews with residents, government documents, and a comprehensive set of environmental testing tools, students will generate a report on the cause and extent of any pollution they find on an abandoned factory site that is ready for sale to a real estate developer who wishes to build a mall on the property.

Brownfield Action 2.0 project description

ENV BC1001 Introduction to Environmental Science

Brownfield Action 2.0 reference Website

What is a brownfield?

The CU Analyzer (Windows) 1.0 now available

September 25, 2000. The Windows version of the Columbia University Analyzer has been released. This unique web-based tool allows one to capture, analyze, and ultimately express new knowledge using multimedia objects culled from the Web. The CU Analyzer, known as HyperFolio during the beta stages, is a plug-in for your browser that allows you to collect assets (text, images, and audio and video links) off any Web site simply by dragging and dropping. You can then expand the CU Analyzer to manipulate those assets on worksheets that can be made to represent an unlimited number of organizational structures.

Additional information, demos, and dowload options are available at the CU Analyzer project pages. . Downloading requires a University Network ID. The Macintosh version is now in beta and will also be released this Fall.

Columbia University Analyzer project pages.

Announcements: features CCNMTL Summer Intensive Training Program in its Higher Education Website

August 25, 2000. CCNMTL Summer Intensive Training Program is the subject of’s Macs in Action: a collection of stories about how Macs and Apple technology are being used by faculty, administrators, and students.

It the article “Grad Students Rev Up Web for Faculty”, Apple highlights the Summer Program and focuses on the Macintosh portable, wireless networking, and software solutions employed by CCNMTL throughout the course of the program.

This piece was also picked up by the Macintosh News Network.

Read this article at

CNN interviews Frank Moretti on the use of technology in education

August 18, 2000. CNNfn broadcasted a seven minute interview of Frank Moretti, CCNMTL’s Executive Director, during a technology in education segment. The segment was aired live on August 11, 2000 at 7:50 AM.

See the video clip from CNNfn (Real Video)

CCNMTL satellite will open at the Health Sciences campus early Fall 2000

August 2, 2000. CCNMTL will be expanding to include a satellite at the Health Sciences campus later this summer. The Center will occupy two separate locations. One will be a small office in the Hammer Building and a second larger space across the street at the Armory Track and Field Center, which has become one of the vitalizing forces for community re-development in Washington Heights ( Work has started on the renovation of the Armory space and we expect to move into both of these locations by the end of 2000.

Dr. John Zimmerman has joined CCNMTL as the Associate Director for the Health Science campus. Dr. Zimmerman ( will continue his appointment as Associate Professor of Clinical Dentistry and Clinical Medical Informatics while directing the efforts of the Center uptown. He will bring into the fold of the Center his team of developers and technicians. While we work on the physical presence, the Center has begun a number of digital efforts with the faculty across each of the four schools at the Health Sciences campus. Current projects include developing the Science Basic to the Practice of Medicine and Dentistry course, a required course for all first-year students, a nutrition course, and the Primary Care and Pediatric Clerkships among others.

For further information, please contact John Zimmerman at (646) 772-8607.

The Christian Science Monitor features the use of technology in education in two articles on CCNMTL

August 2, 2000. The Christian Science Monitor (August 1 2000) features two stories on the use of technology in education and how CCNMTL is meeting that challenge. The main article, “Professors try to keep up with cyberage” and the sidebar, “Digging for signs of pollution—with a mouse and a hard drive”, focus on the efforts of the Center to date and includes quotes by faculty, staff of the center, and visitors to the center.

This piece was also picked up by University Business Daily, a site covering changes in education, and The article includes an editorial comment and reader responses to the article.

Read these articles at the Christian Science Monitor Web site.

Read the article and editorial comment at

In The News:
Teaching tech to the teachers,

New York's Columbia University spent $12 million on its Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CNMTL) and is now showing professors how to use technology to teach more effectively. . .

Article: - Teaching Tech to the Teachers

In The News:
Professors try to keep up with cyberage, Christian Science Monitor

Columbia University's new media center helps technophobic teachers create multimedia lectures and course Web sites. . .

Articles: CS Monitor - Professors try to keep up with cyberage

Columbia University Copyright Policy approved by the Trustees

June 3, 2000. The University Copyright Policy prepared by a Provostial faculty committee and adopted by the University Senate was approved and adopted by the Trustees of the University at their June 3, 2000 meeting. The Policy is effective as of that date.

Columbia University Copyright Policy.

The Summer Ecosystem Experience for Undergraduates (SEE-U)

May 2000. The The Summer Ecosystem Experiences for Undergraduates (SEE-U) is an innovative collaboration between Columbia University’s Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC) and the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning. The digitally networked five-week field ecology program consists of a network of introductory ecology courses running simultaneously during the summer in different biomes around the world. CCNMTL is developing a variety of digital resources that will allow students in a particular biome to contextualize their local research within a broader understanding of global ecology.

In conjunction with CERC and Center for International Earth Sciences Information Network (CIESIN), the Center is working to develop eBiome. eBiome is an innovative, integrated tool for storing and retrieving all types of field ecology data ranging from climatic and abiotic information to ethological and behavioral data. This tool has been developed exclusively for the SEE-U program and will serve as one of the centerpieces of the class. All data collected during the class will be entered into eBiome for use by students at the field site as well as by students who are in the other SEE-U field sites. eBiome will help students gain a unique understanding of how similar processes occur around the globe, because they will compare data from many biomes. In so doing, eBiome will help students to more thoroughly grasp and comprehend important ecological concepts.

The Center is also constructing websites featuring web-based communications infrastructure that will allow students from different biomes to share ideas and exchange information that pertains to their field research. The websites will also serve as a curriculum portal for the SEE-U program—a platform for assignments; lecture and multimedia archive; and other online resources.

CCNMTL and GSAS team-up students to support educational technology at the departmental levels

May 2000. CCNMTL has partnered with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in developing a program to train students over the summer and place them within academic departments. This highly selective program will provide faculty with additional support for the use of new media in teaching and learning and will extend the Center’s ability to reach out to increasing numbers of faculty across the campus. Ten departments have students in the program with seven additional students who will be trained to support projects in courses ranging from Infectious Disease to African American Studies and Psychology.

The seventeen graduate students, Departmental Associate Educational Technologists (AETs) will participate in an immersive six-week summer training program to aquire Web development skills and learn about pedagogical strategies that exploit the full educational potential of digital technologies. During the academic year, AETs will work closely with Center staff to get all courses in their department online and work with faculty on larger course development projects. In addition to stipends, AETs will have the use of a laptop for the year so they can demonstrate possibilities to faculty and develop course Web content anywhere on campus.

CCNMTL Summer Intensive Training Program

In The News:
Frank Moretti: Education Revolution, Columbia News Video Brief

Just as medieval scribes could not have anticipated the impact of the invention of the printing press, educators today cannot yet foresee the revolution in educational practices that digital multi-media and the Internet will spawn. -- Frank Moretti, executive director, Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning. . .

Article:Columbia University Record - Frank Moretti: Education Revolution

In The News:
Grad Students Rev Up Web For Faculty, Macs In Action

"The reasonable thing is to learn from those who can teach." Sophocles may not exactly have had Columbia University's computing environment in mind when he uttered those words, but the philosopher had a teachers can often learn a great deal from their students. . .

Article: - Grad Students Rev Up Web For Faculty

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