June 2005

Personnel: Bill Koulopoulos

Bill Koulopoulos joined CCNMTL under a new program to help integrate services from CCNMTL and the Language Resource Center. Bill will be straddling the two organizations in an effort to leverage the services of both groups for the benefit of the faculty clients.

Visitors: University of Technology Sydney

Jonathan Hall and Kendra Crook met with Fides Datu Lawton of the University of Technology Sydney to discuss the misison and operation of CCNMTL. In addition to articulating our Design Research Methodology, Kendra and Jonathan demonstrated the Autobiography of Malcolm X MSE.

Visitors: Chinese delegates visit TC & CCNMTL

Kendra Crook presented an overview of CCNMTL to fifteen visitors representing the Chinese Ministry of Education, Capital Normal University, the Chinese Department of Education and Beijing City as well as several distinguished principals and school teachers. Kendra demonstrated VITAL, the Autobiography of Malcolm X and the Sonic Glossary, and provided an overview of our Design Research methodology.

Visitors: Urban Learning Spaces, Scotland

Frank Moretti, Maurice Matiz and Robbie McClintock met with visitors from BBC Scotland, Scottish Enterprise Glasgow, the University of Strathclyde and the U.S. Department of Commerce Technology Opportunities Program to discuss urban learning spaces.

Project/Services Updates: Collaboration with Oral History Research Office

This spring, Mary Marshall Clark, Director of the Oral History Research Office, approached CCNMTL for some video assistance. On June 2, the video team taped a lecture presented by Dr. Dori Laub and Professor Geoffery Hartman on their research on the use of videotestimonials to document how memory is affected by trauma. On June 5, Mary Marshall Clark interviewed Dr. Laub, who is a psychiatrist and holocaust survivor himself. She plans to use selected segments from this interview as well as other selected segments from other interviews about 9/11 in VITAL for her Oral History graduate seminar.

Personnel: Kristen Sosulski resigns

Kristen had been with CCNMTL since we opened the doors in 1999. She came over from AcIS upon the creation of the Center. Kristen is working on her dissertation full-time now.

Conference: Staff attend SEPP Sakai Conference

Rae Brosnan, Jonah Bossewitch, John Zimmerman and Columbia AcIS staff attended the Sakai Educational Partner's Program (SEPP) Conference in Baltimore, Maryland on June 8 - 10, 2005. Attendees met to assess the Sakai group's progress (including the unveiling of Sakai 2.0), prepare for the future, and create a new roadmap for future SEPP efforts. Over 400 participants attended. Importantly, CCNMTL went to investigate the methods for joining the community of developers of supplemental tools for the environment, and to investigate user adoption and support issues.

Presentation: Trustees Subcommittee on Copyright and Intellectual Property

Jim Neal gave a presentation summarizing various effort within his organization that are generating interesting and potentially marketable products. His talk included efforts from DKV, EPIC, CUL and CCNMTL. During the presentation, the subcommittee requested a demonstration of the Image Annotation Tool, which received considerable praise from one of the trustees.

Conference: Participation in the NSF TPC Conference

Frank Moretti and Herb Ginsburg attended the first annual Teacher Professional Continuum conference for the VITAL NSF grant on June 12- 14 in Washington, DC. The goal of the conference was to convene members of the first and second cohorts of TPC grant awardees to share information, develop insights, and begin conversations that continue and grow after the conference in an effort to make a national impact on science and math education.

Frank presented a poster about the VITAL project on Sunday evening.

Meeting: Meeting with SIPA's Dean Lisa Anderson

On June 15, Debbie Marcus, Dan Beeby and Jonah Bossewitch met with SIPA's Dean Lisa Anderson to discuss new collaborative technologies such as blogs and wikis and how they might be used in SIPA classes. Preliminary plans are in place to incorporate these collaborative tools in the new Sustainable Development PhD program, specifically in Lisa Anderson's spring course.

Presentation: New Social Work Course Curriculum in VITAL Presented to Instructors

Professor Shibusawa, Mercedes del Rosario, and Debbie Marcus presented the new VITAL curriculum for Clinical Practice (7113) at the School of Social Work to the team of teachers who will be teaching the 7113 sections. This curriculum was funded by a two-year AQF grant received by CCNMTL and Professor Shibusawa in July 2004. The curriculum contains approximately 40 assignments with corresponding readings and videos in VITAL from which faculty can choose. The assignments cover five topics that cross the themes of the different 7113 sections. Each faculty is expected to select 5 assignments to use in their course. The faculty appeared very excited about the new opportunity and eager to begin examining the curriculum. They will select their assignments to be included in their syllabi by the end of July. They will receive more extensive training on VTIAL throughout the summer.

Personnel: Aimee Terosky joins CCNMTL

Aimee Terosky joins us today as an Educational Technologist I. Aimee is a recent Ed.D. recipient from TC and has been a teacher, mentor and consultant on various educational efforts.

Presentation: VITAL at TC's "New Media Pedagogy Intensive Summer Institute"

Michael Preston presented Video Interactions for Teaching and Learning (VITAL) to an audience of TC faculty particpating in the New Media Pedagogy Intensive Summer Institute. The Institute is an annual event organized by TC's Academic Computing services to "provide various opportunities for faculty to familiarize themselves with the most recent developments in technology, with particular emphasis on its pedagogical use." This year's Institute focused on using video for instruction.

The presentation examined VITAL in Prof. Herb Ginsburg's curricular context, developmental psychology and mathematics. Participants were able to log into VITAL and experiment with its features, including excerpting and annotating video clips from VITAL's extensive digital library, and composing multimedia essays integrating text and video.

Visitors: VITAL NSF Program Officer Julia Clark visited CCNMTL

CCNMTL's VITAL NSF Program Officer Dr. Julia Clark visited the Center on June 23, 2005. The purpose of the visit was for Dr. Clark to meet the VITAL NSF team and to get an update of our activities and progress.

Project Release: Quip: A Flexible Tool for Creating Online Surveys and Quizzes

Web-based surveys and quizzes are increasingly utilized as educational resources, giving students more opportunities to construct and practice their learning. Recognizing the need to support this activity, CCNMTL has developed Quip, a new tool that allows Educational Technologists and their faculty partners to flexibly design and deploy surveys and quizzes online for use as learning exercises, diagnostic devices, evaluation tools, interactive games, and other yet-to-be-invented educational activities.

Quip supports the creation of surveys and quizzes both as stand-alone entities and within larger applications and environments. Evolved from a simpler tool, Quip provides features for basic content management (such as hiding and showing), easy content editing, shared design and interaction elements across multiple surveys and quizzes, and data export to Microsoft Excel. For CCNMTL's faculty clients, Quip represents new possibilities to put this pedagogically useful format into more contexts where it can positively impact student learning.

Community: Corporate Challenge Race

Eleven runners from CCNMTL participated in the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge on June 23, 2005 with more than 15,000 runners from 500 companies. Congratulations to Aimee Terosky, Debbie Marcus, Eric Mattes, Gordon Campbell, John Frankfurt, Kurt Eldridge, Liz Day, Maurice Matiz, Michael Soupios, Stephanie Ogden, and Ted Bongiovanni for racing to the finish line with style in team t-shirts designed by Liz.

Project Release: TASK prototype completed

The TA Strategy Kit (TASK) - a joint project between CCNMTL and MIT's Teaching and Learning Laboratory - was completed and deployed in June 2005. TASK offers TAs, novice instructors, and new faculty advice on teaching, recommendations for handling classroom challenges, and strategies to enhance student learning.

TASK's most distinctive feature is the use of videos that demonstrate effective teaching practices. Short and to the point, each video is annotated to identify the precise behaviors that result in better teaching. Additional videos provide the instructor's and students' perspectives on what occurred in the classroom. And expert commentary reinforces the positive behaviors that have been illustrated.

The TASK website is a prototype consisting of a single unit

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