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Archive Category: 2001

CCNMTL Contributions Recognized by the American Dental Education Association

December 5, 2001. In its annual compendium of Best Practices in Dental Education 2001, the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) acknowledged the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL) for its success in integrating new media in the dental curriculum.

According to the ADEA report, the School of Dental and Oral Surgery "has combined resources and formed a unique cooperative venture with the university's Center for New Media Teaching and Learning. This collaboration has catalyzed a new effort in integrating new media in the dental curriculum." The result of these initiatives, according to SDOS, is that they "have been able to design and begin implementation on a comprehensive electronic curriculum." In particular, the study notes the innovative design of electronic pre-clinical lab instruction, development of new tools for learning diagnosis and treatment planning as well as critical thinking in other areas of the curriculum and curriculum management tools.

Citing Community DentCare, a community-based project at the school that provides dental services to the local, low-income community in partnership with health centers, neighborhood practices, public schools and others, the report acknowledges the primary role CCNMTL played in facilitating the dental education network. Community DentCare provides the framework for educational programs including an AEGD Primary Care program, dental student rotations and specialty student training. The network also serves as a foundation for health services research.

CCNMTL continues to partner with the School of Dental and Oral Surgery, as well as all schools on the Health Sciences campus, on new media initiatives that support teaching and learning.

Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program

American Dental Education Association

University Seminar: New Media, General Education, and the Challenge of Global Stability.

For more detailed information about the University Seminar on New Media, General Education and the Challenge of Global Stability, please visit the Seminar site.

November 26, 2001. On Tuesday, December 4, 2001, CCNMTL presents its latest University Seminar on New Media Teaching and Learning on the subject New Media, General Education, and the Challenge of Global Stability. The Seminar features Lisa Anderson, James W. Carey, Robbie McClintock and Frank Moretti as the key presenters, with the extended group of Seminar members serving as respondents.

Participants will examine the ways in which a national crisis, such as the Sept. 11 attacks on American soil, move educators to consider how best to nurture the generative values of civilization as defined by Columbia's Core Curriculum. The issue will be presented in the framework of how new media transform the creation and use of knowledge, alter the conditions of participation in culture, and vastly amplify the reach, the scope, and the power of individual action, for good and for ill. One of the crucial questions for discussion will be, "What form of general education do we need to create in order to enable society to be both global and free?"

To continue the discussion beyond the limitations of the two-hour seminar, CCNMTL is creating a Seminar Web site to facilitate ongoing global discussion forums and netcasts of significant related events, inviting key partners at other institutions and public sector groups to deepen the intellectual discussion.

The University Seminars at Columbia University make possible sustained interaction of scholars, cutting across traditional boundaries of learning to generate fresh approaches and ideas and camaraderie and intellectual fellowship that enrich and challenge members. Participants are selected by invitation from the Columbia faculty and other experts.

CCNMTL Resources Available on Columbia Interactive.

November 14, 2001. CCNMTL is pleased to be a part of Columbia Interactive (CI), the new gateway to e-learning resources developed at Columbia University. Launching on November 14, 2001, CI provides access to course Web sites, projects and digital tools produced by CCNMTL in partnership with faculty.

For more information about CCNMTL and Columbia's other digital initiatives, please pick up the special November 14 "Columbia Digital" issue of the Columbia Record.

Columbia Interactive

News Reporting Simulation Launches at Journalism School.

October 23, 2001. The Graduate School of Journalism launched version one of their News Reporting Simulation (NewsSim) this fall. Developed by John Pavlik, Professor and Melvin Mencher, Professor Emeritus, at the Graduate School of Journalism in collaboration with CCNMTL, elements of NewsSim—from the simulated scenario to sources to supplemental reading lists—can be customized for faculty members based on their individual curriculum needs.

Students will use the simulation to practice news gathering, interviewing and writing skills in a controlled digital environment that approximates some of the conditions found in the real world by reporters covering common news stories. In the first version of NewsSim, students cover a fire in a local apartment building as a spot news story. The simulation will ultimately contain several scenarios, each intended to teach students a different aspect of news reporting.

NewsSim includes simulated video interviews with key witnesses and officials. As it guides students through the fire scenario, the simulation offers suggestions on how to proceed and provides feedback based on the students1 choices. Students also listen to fire codes broadcast over a police scanner in order to find a potential story and navigate the town using an interactive map. At the end of the simulation, they identify the story elements and submit their story covering the simulated event, which is sent to the instructor to be read and graded.

NewsSim has already received overwhelmingly positive feedback from students who are using it in Professor Pavlik's class Exploring New Media. The project is undergoing evaluation this fall, with comprehensive results expected to be released by the Summer of 2002.

News Reporting Simulation

Reporting and Writing I

Exploring New Media

New Digital Classroom in Lewisohn Hall.

October 23, 2001. 308A Lewisohn Hall is now The Digital Classroom. Overseen by CCNMTL, General Studies and the Registrar's office, the Digital Classroom is designed to encourage interactive learning for small groups in and beyond the classroom.

With seating for 18 students, the classroom is designed for seminars that require students and faculty to work together in small groups. The furniture itself is flexible—easy-to-move, color-coded tables allow the instructor to control the room set-up.

Control also extends to the presentation of course content, including class notes, Web sites, Word documents, the course Web site, DVD or videotapes. All of these features can be viewed, and many can be created, on the freestanding console called the SmartBoard. Housed in a cabinet resembling a rear projection television set, the SmartBoard is a dynamic, networked computer display with electronic whiteboard, which includes VCR and DVD players and an integrated audio system. A short training session, provided by CCNMTL, prepares any faculty member to use all of the SmartBoard features in their class.

Faculty making use of new media in their teaching are encouraged to request The Digital Classroom for the Spring 2002 semester by contacting

SmartBoard demonstrations for groups of faculty will be given by CCNMTL on request. To schedule a demonstration for your department, please contact CCNMTL at

Digital Classroom

In The News:
Top Wired Colleges, Yahoo! Internet Life

With its innovative use of video and audio to preserve and re-create lectures, Columbia's Center for New Media Teaching and Learning is a model for Universities nationwide.

Wired Colleges - Top 100 Chart 2001 PDF

In The News:
Yahoo! Internet Life Ranked Columbia University On Its Top 100 List

October 2001. Yahoo! Internet Life ranked Columbia University 22nd on its list of the Top 100 Most Wired Colleges saying,

With its innovative use of video and audio to preserve and re-create lectures, Columbia's Center for New Media Teaching and Learning is a model for universities nationwide.

You can view the complete list and read explanations of their criteria at Wired Colleges.

Download Yahoo! Wired Colleges
Top 100 List

The School of Social Work to create course Web sites for every class.

June 29, 2001. Beginning Fall 2001, syllabi, reading lists (with links to library databases), bulletin boards, and other course materials will be available online to Social Work students for every class taught at the School of Social Work (SSW).

The SSW's Office of Computing and Instructional Technology is working with faculty to compile, digitize and publish course materials using the Course Web Site Template developed by the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning.

In addition, each course will have a bulletin board that allows students and instructors to share information throughout the life of the class. According to Ann McCann Oakley, Director of the school's Office of Computing and Instructional Technology, "bulletin boards encourage a higher level of discourse," removing the limitations of the traditional classroom environment. "We think it is important for all courses to make good use of one and we have learned best practices through our work with CCNMTL," she concluded.

The CCNMTL Course Web Site format has proven popular with SSW students, who have come to expect the high level of interaction with classmates and instructors it affords them. The consistent, easy-to-navigate interface is appreciated by faculty, as well, since it helps them maintain course materials and encourages students to become more fully engaged with the subject. Says Ms. Oakley, "getting readings online is a great advantage for faculty," since materials that have been digitized once are easily accessible in the future and student have access to them at any time.

A number of SSW classes have been online in the last few years, but with this new effort, students will benefit from a consistent digital environment in all classes. This initiative at SSW is the continuation of a multi-year collaboration with CCNMTL, which includes the development of Third Space, a method of referencing and including video snippets within a bulletin board message and will continue as the School finds new ways to bridge the gaps between class work, fieldwork and professional practice.

Course Web Site Template

Third Space

"The Rohde to Srebrenica," a multimedia case study.

July 23, 2001. Under the guidance of Anne Nelson, Director of the International Program at the School of Journalism, students from the Elements of International Reporting class developed "The Rohde to Srebrenica: A Case Study of Human Rights Reporting." The case study is presented in the form of a Web site that documents U.S. reporter David Rohde's journey through Bosnia, where he spent several months in 1995 researching and reporting on the genocide of Bosnian Muslims.

Visitors to the Web site —which consists of six chronological stages told through a series of student essays, interviews and newspaper articles —can view Rohde's photographs of the gravesites, read the correspondence with his editor, find links to related organizations (such as Freedom Forum and the Committee to Protect Journalists) and read articles that comprised Rohde's ground-breaking series published in the Christian Science Monitor.

Central to the study is a multimedia treatment of Rohde and his editor, Faye Bowers, retelling their story at a special lecture held at Columbia in April 2001. The video is presented as a series of clips organized by theme, making individual topics easy to find and study. The Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL) is used with RealVideo clips to provide this uniquely educational video interface.

The site can be used as a resource for all Columbia faculty and students —from the School of Journalism to the School of International Public Affairs to the School of Law.

["!^(homepage)images/web.gif 17×15! Case Study: "The Rohde to Srebrenica"":]

["!^(homepage)images/video.gif 17×15! Video Interface: "The Rohde to Srebrenica: Stage One"":]

Course Web Site: Elements of International Reporting

New versions for CU Analyzer for Windows and Macintosh released.

June 27, 2001. A new version of the CU Analyzer (v1.1.214) for Windows is now available for download. In addition, we have released for the first time a Macintosh version which is also available from the download pages. See the CU Analyzer Web pages for details.

CU Analyzer Web Site

In The News:
Feld Challenges Tradition in Teaching Students the Masterworks of Western Music, Columbia University Record

The class is Feld's section of Music Humanities (, a core curriculum course in which all Columbia students, music majors and non-majors, are exposed to the "masterworks" of Western music. . .

Article: Columbia University Record - Feld Challenges Tradition in Teaching Students the Masterworks of Western Music

CU Analyzer (v1.1.150) for Windows released.

April 30, 2001. A new version of the CU Analyzer (v1.1.150) for Windows is now available for download. See the CU Analyzer Web pages for details. A MacOS beta is being tested and will be made available during the summer.

CU Analyzer Website

In The News:
Faculty Can Sample Columbia-developed Digital Education Tools at New Media Conference March 9, Columbia University Record

Columbia faculty and instructors can learn more about the University's new media teaching and learning projects and online learning ventures during a March 9th new media conference entitled "Moving Education Into the 21st Century with New Media" . . .

Article: Columbia University Record - Faculty Can Sample Columbia-developed Digital Education Tools at New Media Conference March 9

CCNMTL finds and reports Internet Explorer vulnerability.

February 8, 2001. During its research with XML and images, the Center discovered a security problem with Internet Explorer. CCNMTL staff Anders Pearson and Peter Leonard discovered that the security hole affects both Mac (version 5.0) and Windows (version 4.0) and can lead to Web-mail spoofing attacks. The report has been covered by a number of online news sites, including and

CCNMTL to present a conference on digital technology and pedagogy.

February 7, 2001. CCNMTL announces a conference focusing on the impact of new media on education entitled, "Columbia University: Moving Education Into the 21st Century With New Media" to take place on Friday, March 9, 2001. Provost Jonathan R. Cole, CCNMTL Executive Director Frank Moretti, Associate Vice Provost Raphael Kasper, Fathom CEO Ann Kirschner, and Columbia Faculty will be among those who will speak at the conference, which will be open to all Columbia University affiliates. The conference will take place in the Faculty Room of Low Memorial Library. A complete schedule of the conference is now available online. For information or to be added to a mailing list, please visit the Conference Web site.

In The News:
Uptown CCNMTL Open House Jan. 25, Columbia University Record

The Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning has opened a Health Sciences office in the Fort Washington Armory building at 168th St. to accommodate the expanding use of digital technologies in Columbia's health sciences curriculum.

Article: Columbia University Record - Uptown CCNMTL Open House Jan. 25

CCNMTL Health Sciences open house to be held on January 25, 2001

January 9, 2001. CCNMTL will hold an Open House on Thursday, January 25, 2001, from 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM to welcome CU affiliates to visit the new the new Health Sciences Campus location and enjoy some light refreshments with CCNMTL staff.

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