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Archive Category: 2002

CCNMTL Builds MSE for Midnight's Children

December 10, 2002. In partnership with the School of Arts, the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning is constructing a rich Multimedia Study Environment (MSE) based on Salman Rushdie's prize-winning novel, Midnight's Children. The MSE will enhance the understanding and appreciation of this significant work by adding context to excerpts through direct links to glossaries of concepts and terms, profiles of relevant figures, video commentary, film, historical photographs, and artwork. The collaborative efforts of the School of Arts, the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and the University Musical Society of the University of Michigan will bring this great work to the stage of the Apollo Theater in Harlem. Beyond the stage this MSE will serve multiple cross-disciplinary courses throughout the University. It will deliver an investigation of the turning points in the history of South Asia, literary commentary, dramaturgic critique and the process of its adaptation to the stage. Distinguishing features of the MSE include Rushdie's video commentary, interviews with director Tim Supple and other creative artists on the stage production team, and interviews with Columbia University faculty whose expertise complements and enhances the understanding of Rushdie's work and the cultural history of South Asia. These Columbia faculty conversations include Peter Awn, Dean General Studies; Dennis Dalton, Political Science; Nicholas Dirks, Chairman of Anthropology; and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, English.

An initial release of the MMSE will be made mid-January and a more comprehensive version will be released May 2003.

Click here for video trailer of MSE project for Midnight's Children

See more on Midnight's Children including video excerpts

Nursing Tracks Patient Interventions with Palm Organizers

December 07, 2002. New York, December 7, 2002. Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL) has developed a Clinical Rotation Palm Database for Entry-to-Practice (ETP) students at Columbia School of Nursing (CSN). CSN is a leader in advanced nursing practice and infomatics. In keeping with their cutting-edge profile, the Columbia School of Nursing has been experimenting with using Palm Personal Digital Assistants (PDA) to collect observational data during patient interventions. Since mid-January of 2002 approximately 200 ETP students have employed this new application on their m500 handhelds. Students in the field now travel with a PDA that allows data entry at the point of care. The students then return and upload their data with HotSync technology to a database manager that generates reports for faculty for student assessment. This allows CSN students to draw relationships between cases and assess their work with their faculty advisors.

CSN is currently working with CCNMTL to develop the mobile software application further. In mid-January 2003, ten graduate students in Geriatrics will be given m515 Palm PDAs with a more expansive Clinical Rotation Palm Database. Mike Soupios, Educational Technologist, CCNMTL, is currently working on a revised application for CSN that will include many more fields of entry and database resources for these students. According to Soupios, "one of the keys of the new program is the ability to create nursing plans to manage their patients, more closely mimicking their clinical experience."

See more on CSN Palm Pilot Project

Number of CourseWorks sites reaches 1,000

November 15, 2002. CourseWorks@Columbia, the university's course management system, less than a year old, is now in use by over 1,000 courses this semester. The adoption of CourseWorks has been surprisingly strong, surpassing goals set by the CourseWorks team. In addition, students have also embraced the system with over 11,000 students accessing the system this semester.

New features and bug fixes continue to improve the environment. "It is with the help of our faculty users that we fine tune the system. The faculty has been great at providing us feedback for improvements," commented Dan Beeby, who spearheads CCNMTL support for CourseWorks.

Recent features added to the system include Third Space, a CCNMTL-created application that allows instructors and students to "quote" and comment on video and audio materials. Other new features include competency tracking tools used at the Health Sciences campus to reinforce student learning goals and a course migration option for easily moving course content from semester to semester.

CCNMTL CourseWorks workshops have been well-attended this semester. The workshops encourage faculty to move beyond the rote creation of HTML pages, enabling instructors to discuss features of CourseWorks to meet their educational goals.

In The News:
The Internet as a Teaching Tool, Rights News: Columbia University Center for the Study of Human Rights

Professor Anne Nelson in the Journalism School tells of her experience developing The Rhode to Srebrenica with CCNMTL and how this project served her as a teaching tool.

In The News:
Inquiry-Based Learning Meets New Media, The Nitle News: The Newsletter of the National Institute for Technology & Liberal Education

Featuring Brownfield Action. Combine inquiry-based learning with new media, and you have a compelling model for attracting students to liberal arts education and improving their learning experiences. Perhaps for this reason, technologically sophisticated inquiry-based learning projects are becoming more and more common. Lying beneath the surface, however, are complicated quesstions about how to fund these projects, who owns them, and whether they might be commercialized. This article defines inquiry-based learning and explores the role technology has to play in it, and the issues that surround it, by highlighting new and established projects that are changing the way students learn.

Article: The Nitle News - Inquiry-Based Learning Meets New Media

Journalism Radio Broadcast Courses Assisted by New Management Tool

October 24, 2002. The Radio Broadcast Content Management System (Radio CMS) is a database driven solution that models the decision-making, review and editorial process of radio broadcasting, managing the steps journalism students follow to organize a live broadcast composed of numerous news stories. Each broadcast is then archived and distributed through a simple Web page front-end. This tool greatly reduces the technological burden on students helping them focus on learning high-quality radio reporting, writing and production while modeling the editorial process from idea to distribution.

Radio Webcasting has been the heart of the radio program at the Columbia School of Journalism since the program was redesigned in 1996 around NPR-style production techniques and journalistic principles. Radio training is intended to develop descriptive and narrative writing techniques for those who intend to go into radio or television. Students produce Webcasts as a part of the following courses: Reporting and Writing for Broadcast (RW1/Broadcast), Radio Workshop, Documentary, and Masters Project.

Radio CMS organizes the work flow of a production cycle for reporters, producers, and instructors starting with the initial story pitch to the generation of a Web page of the archived broadcast which contains a series of story leads and links to the audio files. Within this cycle, the executive producer reviews the list of available stories from the radio reporters -- assembling a set of stories that make up the live broadcast while the webcaster adds and edits elements such as story introductions and teasers.

The assembled set of stories make up the broadcast which is then published in three different forms. Once with teasers for the upcoming broadcast, once during the live broadcast and once after the broadcast is recorded and archived.

RadioCMS was produced in collaboration with John Dinges, Professor in the School of Journalism. Kristen Sosulski, educational technologist for CCNMTL, led the project development effort and was assisted by a team consisting of interface developer, Zarina Mustapha and Anders Pearson, who developed the database and programs for RadioCMS. Numerous other staff members were contributors to the project.

Radio Broadcast Content Management System

Reporting and Writing 1 published broadcast archive page

Physics Today highlights CCNMTL Astronomy Project

October 14, 2002. Physics Today highlights in their Web Watch section of their October 2002 issue, Seeing the Whole Symphony, a project developed for David Helfand, Professor of Astronomy. Seeing the Whole Symphony demonstrates the power of full-spectrum observing using an aural analogy.

Seeing the Whole Symphony

Social Work Practice Video Archive Released

October 9, 2002. CCNMTL and the School of Social Work produced a series of videos depicting social worker/client interviews on four topics in social work practice with older adults and their families. The topics include: Coping with Chronic Illness, Active Aging, Depression, and Sexuality in Aging. In total, ten client and social worker interactions were captured totalling over four hours of video. One of the videos (Depression) was conducted in Spanish and is being distributed in both Spanish and English. The videos and teaching materials are already being used in courses at the School of Social Work, and will also be distributed on CD-ROM to social work libraries across the country.

The effort was led by SSW Professors Denisse Burnette and Anne McCann-Oakley, who along with the rest of the School of Social Work team developed the supplementary teaching materials including interview transcripts, discussion guides for instructors, and links to studies that relate to the video content.

Education technologist, David VanEsselstyn managed the project for CCNMTL. The video editing and compression was completed by Stephanie Ogden, Senior Video Specialist and her intern assistants, Ndlela Nkobi, Stephen Padilla.

Inauguration Investiture Ceremony Webcast

Update: October 3, 2002. The archive of the Investiture broadcast is now available.
September 25, 2002.The Inauguration Investiture Ceremony of Lee C. Bollinger as the 19th President of Columbia University will be broadcast live on October 3rd at 10am ET. Please visit the broadcast page for additional information.

CCNMTL Inauguration Broadcast Web page

Columbia University Inauguration Site

In The News:
Web Watch, Physics Today

In the past, astronomy was confined to one spectral band, the visual. Now, however, astronomers exploit the entire electromagnectic spectrum. To demonstrate the power of full-spectrum observing, Columbia University's David Helfand makes an aural analogy. His Web site, Seeing the Whole Symphony , offers audio files that sample the last movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony one octave at a time.

Revitalizing Epidemiology 101

August 25, 2002. In Vivo, a publication of the Columbia University Health Sciences, describes how the Mailman School of Public Health is revitalizing its introductory epidemiology course. One of the elements contributing to this revitalization is an outbreak simulation developed by CCNMTL. Working with Dr. Daniel Herman, Dr. Lydia Zablotska, and Dr. Ian Lapp, CCNMTL has developed a fictional town, Epiville, complete with newscasts, and other online materials.

See full story in the August 21, 2002 issue of In Vivo

Disease Outbreak Simulation: Epiville

CourseWorks Reminder Sent to Instructors

August 23, 2002. The following note has been sent to Fall 2002 instructors:

Your CourseWorks@Columbia course Web site is ready for your use! To begin working on your course Web site or migrate content from a previous semester, log in with your University Network ID, UNI and password at

One-hour CourseWorks workshops will be offered daily during the first two weeks of classes. For more information and to sign up for a session at Morningside or Health Sciences campuses, visit the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL) Web site at

Sincerely, The CourseWorks Team

In The News:
Revitalizing Epidemiology 101, In Vivo

The goal of the Mailman School of Public Health's introductory and now redesigned epidemiology course is to captivate its 250 students from day one. . .

Article: IN VIVO - Revitalizing Epidemiology 101

CCNMTL Moves Into a New Home: 505 Butler

August 16, 2002. The Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL) has moved from 605 Butler into its new home--505 Butler Library--on August 9, 2002. The other CCNMTL locations (Lewisohn and Health Science) remain the same.

Online Facebook for Film and Theater Students Released

June 17, 2002. CCNMTL in partnership with Lenore Dekoven, Assistant Professor of Film at the School of the Arts, released the online Casting Files/Facebook for use as a resource in Film and Theater classes. The digital archive allows students to review hundreds of actors' headshots and resumes online in order to select casts for their productions.

Learning to cast actors is a significant part of the core workshops required of first year film students. The site, which contains headshots and resumes for over 1000 actors, offers students easier access to these resources, which were previously only available in hard copy in an office with limited hours. The online version allows students to view, save or print files any time, as well as select from four different criteria (type, age, sex and ethnicity) to identify desirable candidates. Used with tools like the CU Analyzer, the Facebook can help students visualize a potential cast.

Film and theater students can begin using the Casting Files/Facebook immediately.

Facebook Demo: Track

In The News:
Adding Calorie Counting to Gross Anatomy, In Vivo

As obesity is becoming an epidemic and people are more conscious about the role of food in heart disease and other conditions, nutrition as a scientific discipline has gained more prominence. . .

Article: IN VIVO - Adding Calorie Counting to Gross Anatomy

State of the Planet 2002 Broadcast Archived

May 28, 2002. CCNMTL has archived the Web broadcast of the State of the Planet 2002 Conference.

State of the Planet 2002: Track

Media Archive: Conferences

In The News:
National Science Foundation Honors Chemistry's Nicholas Turro for Distinguished Teaching, Columbia University Record

Columbia Professor Nicholas Turro joins a select group of six university science researchers and educators nationwide who will receive the 2002 National Science Foundation (NSF) Director's Awards for Distinguished Teaching Scholars. . .

Article: Columbia University Record - National Science Foundation Honors Chemistry's Nicholas Turro for Distinguished Teaching

Film Analysis Tool Released

May 7, 2002.CCNMTL in partnership with Larry Engel, Adjunct Professor of Film at the School of the Arts, released Deconstructor: A Film Analysis Tool, which will aid film students in learning, understanding and applying the language used in film analysis. Dr. Engel envisioned this new media tool to change the student role from a passive film viewer to an active critical thinker about the construction of a film scenes, a skill they will carry into their own work as filmmakers.

Using Deconstructor, students will view film scenes, dissect them into a series of shots, then annotate each shot according to a standard film analysis template. They will be prompted to look at scene analysis with a set of criteria used to identify film elements, such as shot type, angle and camera movement.

Analyzing a series of shots, students will build a visual score for a scene by layering and juxtaposing different variables across time. The graphing feature will aid them in identifying relationships and patterns among different film elements.

Professor Engel modeled Deconstructor on the teaching of former Columbia Professor Stefan Sharff. Says Professor Engel, Sharff's "approach to film grammar and syntax opened a way of seeing film that I hadn't thought of before. This new tool is a way of continuing his work and helping students more easily collect data necessary to discuss and learn about film's inherent grammatical underpinnings."

A beta of Deconstructor was introduced to Engel's course, Analysis of Film, this Spring. The final version, which will be ready for use in Fall 2002, will include many more graphing options and interface changes based on comments from students in the Spring course.

The Deconstructor

In The News:
The Rohde to Srebrenica, Yahoo! Picks

The Columbia Graduate School of Journalism presents a fascinating, sobering look at Bosnian-Serb war crimes in 1995 and the perils faced by war reporters. . .

Article: Yahoo! Picks - The Rohde to Srebrenica

In The News:
CCNMTL Awarded Grant to Develop Training Simulation For Public Health, Columbia University Record

The Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL) has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop simulations that will train workers in humanitarian emergencies, in collaboration with Oxford University. . .

Article: Columbia University Record - CCNMTL Awarded Grant to Develop Training Simulation For Public Health

Thomas de Zengotita Spices Up University Seminar on New Media

March 27, 2002. New York University Professor Thomas de Zengotita presented his controversial and entertaining view on education in a virtual world to the University Seminar on New Media Teaching and Learning.

Says de Zengotita, "Freedom in a virtualized world means being able to choose among unlimited options in every sphere of experience and activity because it doesn't really matter what you choose. That is the condition we face as educators." His presentation offered examples of what happens to people in virtuality and the implications for education.

Thomas de Zengotita teaches at the Dalton School and at the Draper Graduate Program at New York University. He has published numerous articles on the impact of new media in society and, in 1975, contributed to "Language and Learning: the Debate Between Jean Piaget and Noam Chomsky," the published notes of the conference held that year at Abbaye de Royaumont near Paris.

View Thomas de Zengotita's presentation

The University Seminars in New Media Teaching and Learning

Media Archive: University Seminars

CCNMTL and Oxford University Awarded $300K Grant by the Mellon Foundation for Development of Simulation to Train Public Health Professionals in Refugee Aid

Mar 27, 2002. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded CCNMTL (with the Program on Forced Migration and Public Health, Columbia University) and the Refugee Studies Centre (with the Technology Assisted Lifelong Learning Group, University of Oxford) a major grant to develop simulations that will train workers in humanitarian emergencies. The pilot program, launching Fall 2002, will be used by Professor Ronald Waldman at the School of Public Health, Columbia University.

Responding the growing needs for effective humanitarian aid around the world, Columbia and Oxford Universities are developing this project for use in the field by public health professionals, international relations professionals, and other NGO volunteers, as well as in the classroom by students of public health. The initial research will evaluate different simulation models and technical solutions, the results of which CCNMTL and Oxford will share with the wider community. Later iterations will address increasingly complex issues facing humanitarian workers as the research and development team evaluates the use of the pilot project and discovers appropriate courses that might be enriched by simulation components.

Program on Forced Migration Online

Frank Moretti Delivers Keynote Address at SCUP Conference

March 18, 2002. On March 13-15, 2002, more than 250 campus facilities directors, administrators, planners, architects and builders from the north east and Canada met at Columbia University to explore the close relationship between technology, teaching and educational facilities at a Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) conference entitled "Bricks and Clicks: Challenges in the Digital Age."

Invited to deliver the keynote address, Frank Moretti, CCNMTL's Executive Director, presented a lecture entitled "Digital Media: Implications for Academia."

View Frank Moretti's keynote address

Society for College and University Planning Conference

Current CCNMTL University Seminar Focuses on General Education and Global Stability

February 26, 2002. Taking for its topic General Education, New Media and the Challenge of Global Stability, the University Seminar on New Media Teaching and Learning welcomes the insights of major leaders at the University and beyond, including Lisa Anderson, Dean of the School of International and Public Affairs; Alan Brinkley, Allan Nevins Professor of History; James Carey, CBS Professor of International Journalism; Robbie McClintock, Co-Director of Institute for Learning Technologies and John and Sue Anne Weinberg Professor of History and Education; and Frank Moretti, Executive Director, Center for New Media Teaching and Learning and Co-Director of Institute for Learning Technologies.

On March 11, the Seminar welcomes Tom de Zengotita, Adjunct Associate Professor at the Draper Graduate Program at New York University, who will speak to the question of Education in a Virtual World. According to de Zengotita, "freedom in a virtual world means being able to choose among unlimited options in every sphere of experience and activity because it doesn't really matter what you choose." This compelling statement frames his talk and promises to engage participants in a lively discussion.

Seminars are open to invited participants, but all members of the Columbia community are invited to participate in the online discussion at the Seminar Web site.

For a complete schedule, to read more about the current seminar and to view past presentations and participate in the online discussion, please visit the Seminar Web site.

In The News:
Columbia University School of Nursing Selects Palm Handheld Computers For Patient-care Initiative, Palm, Inc.

Palm, Inc. today announced that the Columbia University School of Nursing (CUSN) has selected Palm™ handheld computers for an initiative designed to promote evidence-based, error-free patient care in nursing. . .

Article: PR Newswire

In The News:
Can file sharing thrive? With the future of music trading unclear, the technology may not stand on its own, CNN Money

Peter Sommer, director of education at Columbia University's Center for New Media Teaching and Learning, said this type of network can help teachers collaborate at universities and in primary and secondary schools, but would require a major change in people's thinking. . .

Article: CNN Money - Can file sharing thrive?

In The News:
Forced Migration Online (FMO), TALL Newsletter

FMO (RSC), TALL and CCNMTL have recently received major funding for an innovative new project. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has granted £200,000 for a two-year joint pilot study beginning in January 2002. . .

Article: TALL at the the University of Oxford: News

In The News:
New Smart Room Utilizes Technology to Enhance Teaching and Learning Process, Columbia University Record

Here in 308 Lewisohn, technology plus traditional lecture equals a new kind of learning experience for students, and a creative but surprisingly natural teaching experience for professors. . .

Article: Columbia University Record - New Smart Room Utilizes Technology to Enhance Teaching and Learning Process

In The News:
Online Course Info Now Available: Columbia's new online program seems promising to both students and teachers, Columbia Spectator

As part of its latest effort to move academics out of the ivory tower and onto the World Wide Web, Columbia launched a University-wide online course management system last month. . .

Article: Columbia Spectator Online - Online Course Info Now Available

In The News:
CERC and CCNMTL Offer 5 Week Summer Ecosystem Experience in Brazil, Columbia University Record

A global understanding of biomes is essential for students preparing to address the environmental concerns of the 21st century. . .

Article: Columbia University Record - CERC and CCNMTL Offer 5 Week Summer Ecosystem Experience in Brazil

In The News:
CourseWorks' Website Tool to Provide Faculty with New Course Management System, Columbia University Record

This spring, faculty and students on the Morningside campus will have access to CourseWorks@Columbia, a new course management system that will enable them to publish course syllabi online, regularly update and post online course materials, and even create a course bulletin board, easily and on their own using their desktop computer. . .

Article: Columbia University Record - CourseWorks' Website Tool to Provide Faculty with New Course Management System

CourseWorks@Columbia Launched for Spring 2002; CCNMTL Supports Faculty Learning

January 22, 2002. Following Columbia's launch of CourseWorks@Columbia, the University's new course management system that aids students and faculty in the management of their online course materials, CCNMTL offers faculty at the University support for building their course Web sites and training to learn how to use the application on their own.

CourseWorks@Columbia is an evolution of several technologies introduced by AcIS and CCNMTL, including CUBboard, the Course Web Site template and the Directory of Classes (DOC). With it, faculty can publish course information and content, communicate with students via bulletin boards and e-mail lists, maintain digital assets (text, slides, video and audio), deliver and receive files (such as readings and assignments) and manage group projects with ease. The hundreds of faculty who have developed course Web sites in the past will notice a remarkable difference between this simple, Web-based publishing environment, which allows them to post information and materials just before a class begins, and the more complicated, time-consuming protocols used in the past.

CCNMTL is offering regularly-scheduled workshops to teach faculty the ABCs of publishing their course Web sites and to help them develop pedagogical frameworks for presenting their course materials online. Basic course Web site development workshops are offered the first and third Friday of every month. For those faculty who want a more specialized consultation, CCNMTL Educational Technologists are available for one-on-one training.

For students, CourseWorks@Columbia serves as a single point of entry for all of their course information and content, including links to digital library reserve materials, a calendar they can use to track assignments and deadlines, bulletin boards and groups for which they are registered, and announcements from their instructors.

CourseWorks@Columbia is available to all schools and joins similar systems at the Graduate School of Business and Teachers College. It is based on Prometheus, a community-based, commercial, open architecture software platform originally developed by the George Washington University.

Faculty and instructors may contact CCNMTL at (212) 854-9058 or for help on developing a Web site or learning to use CourseWorks.

Workshops at CCNMTL: For training

More on CourseWorks@Columbia

In The News:
Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning Supports Digital Innovation in Classroom-Based Teaching and Learning, Columbia Digital

Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL) is a faculty service organization that encourages and supports innovation in teaching and learning in the classroom using digital technologies. In an era increasingly defined by new technologies, the Center brings the best practices in new media teaching and learning to the fore. . .

Article: Columbia University Record - Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning Supports Digital Innovation in Classroom-Based Teaching and Learning

In The News:
Enhancing Education in the 21st Century: Three-Part Strategy Brings Columbia Digital Media to Campus, the Public and the Marketplace, Columbia Digital

The technological revolution brought on by the Internet and digital technologies is transforming the way almost all human transactions are conducted, including teaching and learning. . .

Article: Columbia Digital - Enhancing Education in the 21st Century: Three-Part Strategy Brings Columbia Digital Media to Campus, the Public and the Marketplace

In The News:
Columbia's Digital Media Initiatives Bring Teaching Tools, Business Opportunities and More Exposure For Columbia Faculty, Columbia Digital

Each of the three organizations included in Columbia's digital media strategy bring a number of benefits and resources to faculty. The following is a guide to understanding each organization from a faculty perspective, including directions on how faculty can work with each organization. . .

Article: Columbia Digital

In The News:
Non-Traditional 'Brownfield Action' CD-ROM Brings New Rules to Teaching and Learning, Columbia University Record

Students interact with the Brownfield Action's virtual town through a map interface. By selecting areas on the map, such as the vineyard shown above, students can visit residences and local businesses in the town to gather information for their site investigation. . .

Article: Columbia University Record - Brownfield Action

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