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Video from Open Content Conference Available

August 6, 2007. Video and audio recordings of the Video, Education, and Open Content meeting held at Columbia University this spring are now available on the site. Podcast versions are also available.

: Video, Education, & Open Content: Best Practices

Video, Education, & Open Content Conference

: Video, Education, & Open Content: Best Practices

In The News:
Global Health Research Center in Central Asia Opens

July 31, 2007. The Columbia homepage featured an article on the new Global Health Research Center in Central Asia, a partnership of the Columbia University School of Social Work's Social Intervention Group, the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy and the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning. Based in Almaty, Kazakhstan, this is the first research center on global health established by a university in Central Asia, serving Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan. It will develop effective solutions to pressing health problems and help reduce health disparities in Central Asia, which is experiencing one of the fastest-growing HIV epidemics in the world.

View full article.

Press Release: NIMH Grant for Multimedia Connect

July 30, 2007. The Columbia University School of Social Work’s Social Intervention Group (SIG) and the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and
Learning (CCNMTL) announced the receipt of a $3.5 million,
five-year research grant award from the National Institute of
Mental Health (NIMH). The goal of the collaborative project is to
evaluate the outcomes of using multimedia and Web-based technology
to disseminate an HIV prevention program.

View full press release (PDF)

Read more about Multimedia Connect (PDF)

Summer CourseWorks Workshops: CU Medical Center

June 27, 2007. CCNMTL offers workshops for instructors interested in learning the basics of the CourseWorks course management system. These one-hour sessions will provide an overview of CourseWorks and introduce participants to the system's rich features. All sessions meet in the PC Classroom on the second floor of the Hammer Health Sciences Library.

Introduction to CourseWorks

Learn the basics of course Web site development and how to apply technology to your teaching. The session covers the basics of CourseWorks, Columbia's course management system, and other tools.

  • Monday, July 9, 2007: 12pm - 1pm
  • Monday, July 16, 2007: 4pm - 5pm


Note: Participants of this workshop must have a basic knowledge of CourseWorks.

This workshop covers the discussion board and test/quiz features of Courseworks.

  • Wednesday, July 11, 2007: 12pm - 1pm
  • Wednesday, July 18, 2007: 4pm - 5pm

Register online or call Nitin Gumaste ( at 646-772-8608.

Summer Session II CourseWorks Workshops

June 18, 2007. CCNMTL offers workshops for instructors interested in learning the basics of the CourseWorks course management system. The one-hour sessions will provide an overview of CourseWorks and introduce participants to the system's rich features, including the Discussion Board and the best ways to incorporate multimedia resources for the classroom.

The following workshops will be held in 204 Butler Library.

Summer Session II Workshops:
Introduction to CourseWorks
Thursday, June 28, 2007: 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Monday, July 2, 2007: 10:30am - 11:30am
Monday, July 2, 2007: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Discussion Board
Monday, July 2, 2007: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Media in the Classroom
Thursday, June 28, 2007: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Register online or contact us at (212) 854-9058 or to register for a session or for more information.

CCNMTL Videos Vital in Texas

June 15,2007. More than 2,000 elementary mathematics educators in Texas will be trained using videos produced by the Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL) as part of a project to improve the mathematics preparation of teachers nationwide. In May 2007, Math Teks - a partnership among Wireless Generation, Texas A&M University, and Columbia University- held workshops for 100 staff developers representing all 20 Texas Regional Service Centers and more than 20 Texas school districts. This group of 100 is expected to train an additional 20 educators each using the same approach.

The CCNMTL project, Video Interactions for Teaching and Learning (VITAL), is an interactive learning environment for courses in early childhood mathematics education developed in collaboration with Herbert P. Ginsburg, Jacob H. Schiff Foundations Professor of Psychology and Education at Teachers College. With the support of a $2.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation, VITAL will serve as a platform to disseminate curriculum for teachers, video demonstrations of children engaged in mathematical activities, and activities that make use of tools for analyzing and writing about video.

“We are delighted that VITAL is already making a national impact on teacher professional development. The interest of the Texas State Education Authority is an early indication of the significance of this project,” added CCNMTL executive director Frank A. Moretti.

CCNMTL staff taped more than 100 hours of video at pre-kindergarten and elementary classrooms across New York City and in New Jersey. The videos show children at play, children talking about mathematics with researchers, and teachers leading classroom lessons. The videos are organized according to content areas derived from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics standards, which track the developmental progression of children. The modules created by Wireless Generation and its university partners will train educators in identifying the mathematical development of children and appropriate pedagogical strategies, guiding student understanding, and developing assessment strategies to inform instruction.

Read more about VITAL

Read more about the Texas A&M University professional development modules.

In The News:
VITAL as "Teacher 2.0" at EduStat 2007

June 8, 2007. Frank Moretti and Michael Preston presented VITAL as a Web 2.0 application for teacher development at EduStat Summit 2007, a conference sponsored by SchoolNet and Teachers College. The session was attended mostly by public school district administrators, who responded with enthusiasm. The presentation was followed by a lively discussion about the use of video to improve classroom practice through observation, reflection, and feedback from supervisors and peers.

The official conference blog included a post on the presentation.

VITAL 3.0 at EduStat Summit 2007

Press Release: CCNMTL Hosts Open Content Meeting

June 7, 2007. CCNMTL hosted a two-day invitational symposium on May 22-23, gathering an international audience of leaders in the education, industry, and archival communities to build upon the work that CCNMTL and Intelligent Television have been conducting in the area of educational video, open productions, and commercial/non-commercial collaborations. Participants discussed new approaches -– economic, legal, and editorial -– to the creation and distribution of important new resources for open education and explored how video and open education can work together for the public good amidst rising concerns of copyright and fair use violations.

View full press release (PDF)

View Video, Education, and Open Content web site

University Seminar: Harlem Digital Archive

April 26, 2007. The Harlem Digital Archive will highlight the potential of Harlem resources at Columbia to support various scholarly projects both inside and outside the classroom. The project will strengthen funding efforts to support the development and production of audiovisual curricula with the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, and others. The project also will facilitate the development and production of nationally and internationally distributed media projects—including public broadcasting documentaries on the subject of Harlem.

Join CCNMTL for a discussion on how this online archive plans to draw on digital resources here at Columbia and elsewhere that illuminate Harlem's rich artistic, social, and political history, activating new forms of engagements with these materials in learning environments.

University Seminars in New Media Teaching and Learning

Date: Thursday, April 26, 4pm
Location: 203 Butler Library
Phone: (212) 854-9058

Register online

CourseWorks Adds Wimba Voice Boards

March 27, 2007. This semester, faculty and students in dozens of foreign language courses are using Horizon Wimba, a new voice tool that works seamlessly within the CourseWorks course management system.

Wimba’s “voice boards” allow students and instructors to hold audio- and text-based conversations within CourseWorks. Wimba extends classroom instruction by providing more opportunities for students to listen and respond to spoken language and to practice their own pronunciation and speaking fluency in the target language.

For questions on implementing Wimba in a language course, contact or Bill Koulopoulos at the Language Resource Center (

Chief Judge Kaye Supports Collateral Consequences Site

March 20, 2007. Judith S. Kaye, Chief Judge of the State of New York, recognized the Collateral Consequences Calculator as a “fabulous online resource” and a "groundbreaking initiative" in her 2007 annual address, “The State of the Judiciary.” Produced in collaboration with Professor Conrad Johnson’s Lawyering in the Digital Age Clinic at the Columbia Law School, the Collateral Consequences Calculator allows one to compare the collateral consequences of New York State criminal charges across of variety of doctrinal areas. It will serve multiple communities in a variety of ways: faculty can build case studies around it, lawyers can use it to help them better counsel their clients, judges can use it to help assure appropriate sentencing, and public policy researchers can use it as a lens to examine the matrix of the New York State legal system.

E-Portfolios in Dental Schools

March 19, 2007. CCNMTL presented the Personal Lifelong Learning Project (PL3P) at the 84th annual session of the American Dental Education Association in New Orleans. These e-portolios have been used by residents in the Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency Program at the Columbia School of Dental and Oral Surgery to document student work and program outcomes, promote collaboration and community, and manage administrative tasks.

PL3P was built on the open-source Plone platform, and customized to include forms for learning plans and Best Evidence Topics (BETs). CCNMTL published the PL3P software as a free download for other dental programs interested in adopting the e-portfolio methodology at the conference.

Personalized Lifelong Learning Projects

University Seminar: Toward a Democratic Digital Past

March 5, 2007. On March 15, please join CCNMTL and Roy Rosenzweig of George Mason University for a discussion on digital history projects in the next University Seminar for New Media Teaching and Learning. Rosenzweig is Mark and Barbara Fried Professor of History & New Media at George Mason University, where he also heads the Center for History and New Media (CHNM). Since 1994, CHNM has used digital media and computer technology to democratize history—to incorporate multiple voices, reach diverse audiences, and encourage popular participation in presenting and preserving the past. The CHNM sponsors more than two dozen digital history projects and offers free tools and resources to historians. Rosenzweig is the author, most recently, with co-author Daniel Cohen, of Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web.

Rosenzweig will reflect on some of the work of the Center for History and New Media as the basis for talking about the possibilities and problems of achieving a democratic digital past.

University Seminars in New Media Teaching and Learning

Date: Thursday, March 15th, 4pm
Location: 523 Butler Library
Phone: (212) 854-9058
Register online

Harlem Digital Archive

: Harlem Digital Archive: Promo Video

In The News:
Brownfield Action Grant Announced on Barnard Newscenter

February 20, 2007. The Barnard College Newscenter announced the $450,000 grant from the NSF to develop and expand the Brownfield Action application. The new grant, awarded to Peter Bower, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Environmental Science at Barnard College, and CCNMTL will enable the software to be rewritten and reprogrammed so that the program can be used by more students and instructors, at Barnard College as well as at other institutitons.

NSF Awards $450,000 Grant to Develop and Expand Brownfield Action Application

Decision-Making Tools for CRED

February 8, 2007. CCNMTL has partnered with the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED) to build online tools that will both enhance the group's research on human decision making and demonstrate these concepts to students in "Psychology: Thinking and Decision Making," taught by Professor Elke Weber.

Students in the course used a pilot of the CRED Decision-Making Tool to focus on glacial retreat on Mount Kilimanjaro. The tool provided two modules: an analytic presentation of information about glacial retreat on Mount Kilimanjaro as well as an experiential presentation of the same material. Students were randomly assigned to work through specific modules, and then asked to participate in a survey that measured how well they retained the material they studied, as well as any related behavioral intentions and attitudes they may have formed.

According to the course instructors, the online tool demonstrated experiential and analytical processing more effectively than conventional classroom methods. They reported that students not only learned about global warming, but also about the psychology of decision making.

View demo of CRED Decision-Making Tools

New Site: Podcasting at Columbia

January 24, 2007. The new Podcasting at Columbia site provides a list of audio and video podcasts that are available for courses and events at Columbia University. The site also serves as a resource, featuring a growing library of articles examining technical and pedagogical aspects of podcasting as well as how-to's and product reviews.

Podcasting at Columbia

University Seminar: The Triangle Initiative, Feb. 8

January 23, 2007. CCNMTL's Triangle Initiative represents a new way for the University's three major goals -- research, education and active community engagement -- to work in synchrony, so that research informs and extends into the classroom and beyond. Projects within the Triangle Initiative leverage applied research to create effective educational tools and accessible multimedia elements that serve the classroom as well as the health and service needs of the larger community.

This seminar will discuss the first two established Triangle projects in the CCNMTL portfolio, Multimedia Connect and Collateral Consequences of Criminal Prosecution.

University Seminars in New Media Teaching and Learning

Date: Thursday, February 8th, 4pm
Location: 523 Butler Library
Phone: (212) 854-9058
Register online

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