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Mediathread is an innovative new platform built by the CTL that supports collaborative multimedia analysis. Users of Mediathread are able to lift video, audio, and image items from a range of digital collections and then work with them in a course-specific website.

Instructors designate digital collections that contain source materials for a given course, and post analytic assignments in Mediathread. With the click of an easily installed browser bookmarklet, students can import items from these collections into Mediathread, where they then can then be annotated, organized, shared, and embedded into multimedia compositions.

Collections compatible with Mediathread include groups of videos, audio files, and/or images assembled for courses, multimedia databases licensed by Columbia University Libraries, and publicly available collections such as YouTube, Flickr, OpenVault, and Wikimedia Commons.

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Teaching with Mediathread

Mediathread is used in numerous courses and departments across Columbia University. These real-life examples show how Mediathread can be used to enhance teaching and learning in three different areas: teacher education, social work, and film study.


Mediathread Support

The CTL offers faculty and instructors many ways to get help with Mediathread, including a searchable Knowledge Base and one-on-one consultations. Email to set up a consultation.

General Questions

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