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New Features Added to Mediathread

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Mediathread, CCNMTL's innovative platform for exploration, analysis, and organization of web-based images and videos, continues to improve. A new beta version of Mediathread was released earlier this spring; student surveys and suggestions from educational technologists and instructors using Mediathread last semester shaped the results. Two major features are introduced in this release:

Project organization: Projects in Mediathread are now easier to organize and track as assignments. A new Instructor's Dashboard helps instructors create projects, assignments, and discussions, all of which appear on the class home page. The Instructor's Dashboard also contains reports so instructors can track assignment submissions and assess overall student activity in Mediathread. Students are now alerted to assignments in their Items and Projects workspace. They can also link projects to assignments and are notified when instructors post feedback on submitted projects.

Multiple annotations view: All annotations posted by class members on images and video imported into MediaThread are now available for browsing on the item profile. Annotations are color-coded and can be sorted and viewed by the annotation author or tag. This feature was first cultivated in the Engaging Digital Tibet course and is now part of the Mediathread functionality, giving course members better ways to view 'coverage' of and connections between annotated objects.

Mediathread is slated for use in various schools and departments at Columbia University this semester, including classes in the History Department, East Asian Languages and Cultures, English and Comparative Literature, Barnard Department of Theater, Social Studies Education at Teachers College, and the Teaching Residents @ Teachers College program.

Mediathread is an open-source software developed by CCNMTL that supports a variety of uses and configurations. A Mediathread site for a course at Columbia University can be set up quickly with a custom set of collections. To discuss piloting Mediathread in your course with a CCNMTL educational technologist, send email to

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Aug-29-2014: Fall 2014 Release of Mediathread Supports Secure Collections
Mar-11-2014: CCNMTL Joins Silicon Alley at NYEdTech Startup Showcase 2014
Jan-28-2014: The Spring 2014 Release of Mediathread is Live at Columbia
Jun-28-2013: Mediathread Presented at Digital Content Workshop in Philadelphia
Jun-25-2013: CCNMTL Presents Mediathread Data at Columbia Libraries Assessment Forum
May-28-2013: Get Ready to Dive In! Mediathread Summer 2013 Release is Here
Feb-19-2013: Spring Release of Mediathread Includes New Look, Course Migration Feature
Feb-13-2013: CCNMTL Staff Present Mediathread at THATCamp CAA “Unconference”
Sep-10-2012: New Privacy Options, Remodeled Collections In Fall Mediathread Release
Jun-26-2012: NMC Conference Attendees Get Hands-on with Mediathread
May-31-2012: New Mediathread Release Features “Sliding” Panels Interface
Jan-20-2012: Updated Version of Mediathread Released
Sep-20-2011: Fall 2011 Version of Mediathread Released
Apr-15-2011: Anthology Features Chapter on Video Annotations
Apr-08-2011: Toward Open Standards for Digital Annotations
Sep-30-2010: CCNMTL Presents at the Open Video Conference on October 2