CCNMTL Faculty Support Lab

| October 21, 2010
The CCNMTL Faculty Support Lab, located in room 204 of the Butler Library on Columbia’s main campus, is fully staffed and equipped to assist Instructors and TAs with the integration of technology into course management and classroom practices. Teachers College faculty and TAs are free to stop by any time from 9:00a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, or can email Michael Cennamo (mcannamo@columbia.edu) to set up a workshop or arrange a consultation for individual projects. The Faculty Support Lab is equipped with 11 computer stations, scanners, printers, a podcasting center, an editing bay for video, and a SmartBoard.
The lab is also staffed with educational technologists who can provide consultation, guidance, and technical support for faculty who wish to use these resources or take advantage of other software and services provided by CCNMTL. These include VITAL (a web-based video analysis and communication system), EdBlogs (a password protected blog for any course offered at Teachers College upon the course instructor’s request), WikiSpaces (collaborative websites for any course at Teachers College that enableusers to add, edit, and share multimedia content using basic word-processor-style tools), and Podcasting though ITunes U (for recording courses or for individual lectures and conferences).

.

One regular user of VITAL is Professor Lori Custodero, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator, Music and Music Education. Professor Custodero said VITAL “provide[s] a shared context for discussion around examples of what young children can do musically.” Since VITAL allows for the streaming, as well as commenting on particular parts of video, it can serve as a valuable tool for musically or visually based learning.

.

Professor Custodero said she uses VITAL by requiring students to “to log onto the VITAL site and watch 4-7 video clips (ranging from 1-7 minutes) depicting a variety of topics over the semester.” After the viewings, students then read related texts, which are then “illuminated by recall of the video images.” Students also write responses to the videos, and can read how their peers responded to the same video.

An extensive, but not exhaustive list of services provided by the Faculty Support Lab can be found at CCNMTL’s website. However, as lab manager Michael Cennamo reminded me, the educational technologists at CCNMTL will attempt to assist faculty who are trying to integrate new media and technology into their educational practice in any way possible.