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Media and Software Development Projects

Projects developed by the CTL feature unique media productions and software development. CTL programmers, designers, and media producers collaborate with faculty to create reusable and scalable software and applications. Such projects can serve students at Columbia and beyond.

Interested in developing an educational innovation for your class? Faculty can apply for funding for project development through the Office of the Provost’s Request for Proposals.

Recent Projects

Black Sea Networks, Department of Slavic Languages


The CTL supported a research-a-thon for the Black Sea Networks project. The research-a-thon aimed to compile a database that will allow researchers to map the spread of these linguistic units against known Black Sea trade routes. The resulting data set will be available for other scholars to use in their own research, expand to adjacent regions, or re-imagine in other ways. The initiative is a recipient of Columbia’s Presidential Global Innovation Fund for 2016–2018.

Columbia University and Slavery, Department of History


On January 30, University President Lee C. Bollinger hosted an event in Low Memorial Library for the release of Columbia University and Slavery, a website created by Columbia faculty, students, and staff to present information to the public about Columbia’s historical connections with the institution of slavery. This CTL-produced site contains a wealth of material about the University and individuals connected with it, including primary sources, interviews with historians, and a preliminary report authored by Professor Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History. Much of the content was derived from student research in the Department of History’s Columbia University & Slavery course.

Edward M. Kennedy Prize, Columbia University Libraries


The CTL works with the winning playwrights each year to create a public web page with an educational video and resources about the play.

Digital Footprints – Mediathread

Instructor: Paul Scolieri, Associate Professor in the Department of Dance at Barnard College


The CTL partnered with Scolieri on a new functionality for Mediathread—the CTL-authored innovative, open-source platform for exploration, analysis, and organization of web-based multimedia content. This new feature allows students in Scolieri’s Digital Footprints course to create original multimedia compositions by selecting, juxtaposing, and annotating archival films. Digital Footprints is part of a four-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to create courses that allow students to partner with New York City cultural institutions for open-source digital and design projects.

Dissemination of WORTH in Transitional Settings

Instructor: Dr. Louisa Gilbert, Co-Director of the Social Intervention Group (SIG) at the Columbia School of Social Work

WORTH (Women on the Road to Health) is an HIV prevention intervention delivered on a tablet platform either self-paced or facilitated by a health educator for women transitioning out of prison in New York and Connecticut. WORTH Transitions builds on the CTL and SIG’s previous intervention projects to provide core prevention information and skill-building activities for participants, and includes a narrative and cast of video characters who help lead participants through the intervention exercises. WORTH Transitions is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Human Rights Watch

Instructor: Jo Becker, Director for Human Rights Watch Children’s Rights Division and SIPA Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy Adjunct Associate Professor


The CTL worked with Becker to produce a series of videos on practical human rights advocacy techniques as part of a new flipped classroom approach to her Human Rights Skills and Advocacy course. The videos feature interviews with experts on successful human rights campaigns and highlight particular areas of focus such as working with legislators and the UN, and cooperation between local and international rights groups.


Instructor: Robert Remien, Director of the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies


Masivukeni, which translates to “Let’s wake up!” in the Xhosa language, is a computer-supported program designed to help patients in South Africa stay on their antiretroviral medication. At the close of the grant in June 2017, the CTL team had made a sustainable version of the application available for future trainings.

Multidisciplinary Approaches to Children’s Oral Health (MATCH) Population Based Approaches to Patient Service and Professional Success (PASS)

Instructor: Dr. Burton Edelstein, Professor of Dental Medicine and Health Policy at the College of Dental Medicine


The CTL released sustainable versions of two learning environments used for educating and training dental professionals at Columbia University and beyond. The simplified low-maintenance websites can be offered to all healthcare professionals through the Public Health Foundation’s TRAIN online training platform. MATCH and PASS were funded over a five-year period by grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to Edelstein.

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Workforce Training Grant

Instructor: Rita Kukafka, Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences and Biomedical Informatics at the Mailman School of Public Health

The CTL partnered with the client team to develop a case-based curriculum to train incumbent health care workers to use new health information technologies in a variety of settings. At the close of the grant in June 2017, more than 1,000 learners had received certificates for completing the training on the Coursera MOOC platform


Instructor: Stephanie Pfirman, Professor of Environmental Science at Barnard College


The Polar Learning and Responding (PoLAR) Hub is a website that provides up-to-date, easy-to-understand information and resources vetted by leading climate scientists and education experts on climate change at the Arctic and Antarctic poles. The CTL provided website development and information design support for this five-year project ending August 2017.

Public Health Training Center

Instructor: Marita K. Murrman, Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health


The Region 2 Public Health Training Center’s mission is to enhance the current and future public health workforce’s ability to effectively deliver the Essential Public Health Services (EPHS) to the populations of New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For this project, the CTL provides instructional design support for learning modules and video capture and editing support for a monthly webinar series.

Women Initiating New Goals for Safety (WINGS)

Instructor: Dr. Louisa Gilbert, Co-Director of the Social Intervention Group at the Columbia School of Social Work


The CTL collaborated with Gilbert and colleagues to produce a free online version of the Women Initiating New Goals for Safety (WINGS) tool. WINGS is a self-paced screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) tool that seeks to reduce intimate partner violence and improve relationships among women.

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