The CTL Media Production team produces media for all of the CTL’s online and face-to-face programs and projects, ranging from productions for digital health interventions to producing interviews with world-renowned artists and intellectuals to producing films for hybrid courses and online platforms such as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The Media Production team works closely with the CTL’s highly skilled technical teams of programmers, designers, and project managers to support innovation and the use of diverse modalities in teaching and learning. The videos produced by the CTL facilitate in-depth inquiry and analysis, broaden understanding of complex topics, and contribute to diverse thinking and viewpoints within and beyond the academic community.
The Media Production team produces projects in three key areas of educational media: blended learning, online learning, and multimedia learning objects. View highlights below or visit the Columbia Learn YouTube channel for the CTL’s full portfolio of public projects.
The CTL works with faculty to create innovative video and audio content that can help improve student engagement and learning in the classroom.
Project: Human Rights Advocacy Flipped Classroom
Working with Professor Jo Becker, the Director for Human Rights Watch Children’s Rights Division and SIPA Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy Adjunct Associate, the Media Production team produced a series of videos on practical human rights advocacy techniques. Videos feature interviews with experts on successful human rights campaigns and highlight particular areas of focus such as working with legislators, working with the UN, and cooperation between local and international rights groups. Becker is using these videos as part of a new flipped classroom model for her popular course, Human Rights Skills and Advocacy. Human Rights Watch is also using the videos as part of an internal training effort at HRW and will be releasing them to the public through their new education portal.
Project: Principles of Epidemiology Flipped Classroom
As a recipient of the Provost’s Hybrid Learning Course Redesign and Delivery grant, Silvia Martins, an associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology in Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, worked with the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) to develop a plan that would give students the opportunity to spend more time with lecture content as well as provide TAs with feedback on how students were absorbing the material. Over the course of several semesters Martins redesigned her Principles of Epidemiology course using the flipped classroom model and incorporated recorded video lectures and Just-in-Time-Teaching (JiTT) techniques that promote the use of class time for more active learning.
Watch a video interview with Professor Silvia Martins, her co-instructors, and teaching assistants on their experience redesigning the Principles of Epidemiology course.
The CTL works with faculty to create engaging video and multimedia content for online platforms to showcase excellence in teaching and engage a global audience. Videos form the spine of these learning experiences from which all other activities branch, and sets a tone for student expectations and engagement.
Project: Massive Open Online Courses
The CTL has produced a number of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on several platforms. MOOCs provide the CTL with thousands of users and a large-scale analytics system for gathering and analyzing learner data. The analysis of this data directly benefits Columbia classrooms by informing more effective teaching approaches and the creation of educational resources.
Multimedia Learning Objects
The CTL produces multimedia content to teach concepts or promote ideas that transcend individual courses. This work uses a variety of techniques such as actors and animation to reach targeted audiences or communicate complex ideas.
Project: Inclusive Teaching Forum Videos
In February 2016, the CTL hosted an Inclusive Teaching Forum to bring together students, postdocs, instructors, faculty, and staff to discuss aspects of diversity in the classroom and to initiate the creation of a Guide to Inclusive Teaching and Learning at Columbia. Working in collaboration with Faculty Programs and Services staff, Media Production team members captured various perspectives about inclusive teaching at Columbia and created two videos to set the tone for event and serve as a catalyst for discussion and activities.