JTS and Columbia University’s Center for New Media Teaching and Learning Announce Three-Year Pilot Project

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November 23, 2011, New York, NY

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL) have announced a three-year pilot project in which CCNMTL will support JTS’s faculty in the use of new media in teaching and learning.

As part of the agreement, CCNMTL will open a satellite office on the JTS campus at 3080 Broadway in New York City, staffed by a full-time educational technologist who will work one-on-one with JTS’s faculty to determine what tools will most enhance their curriculum. The services offered by CCNMTL to JTS faculty will range from basic course websites to advanced software. Technology services currently available to JTS faculty for use in their classes include Blackboard, a course website tool; classrooms equipped with audio/visual equipment; and video and audio conferencing services. A discovery period will allow the two organizations to learn from each other and to effectively promote the technical and pedagogical possibilities of the partnership. The prospects include bridging other Columbia resources and staff to create new synergies between the two organizations.

Alan Cooper, the provost and Elaine Ravich Professor of Jewish Studies of JTS, said the partnership offers enormous potential for the institution. “One of our highest priorities at JTS for the next five years is to develop, gather, and transmit essential Jewish learning to a broader range of constituencies than ever before. The marvelous resources of the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning will enable us to accomplish that goal through the innovative and exciting use of new media and new technologies.”

“We are excited by the opportunity the satellite office at The Jewish Theological Seminary offers to work with faculty committed to teaching, who can provide new perspectives and contexts for using technology and new media in an innovative and pedagogically effective manner,” said Frank Moretti, CCNMTL's executive director.

The Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning was founded at Columbia University in 1999 to enhance teaching and learning through the purposeful use of technology and new media. In partnership with faculty, the center supports efforts ranging from basic course website management to advanced project development. CCNMTL also extends the scope and reach of its work with strategic initiatives that engage educators, researchers, librarians, partner institutions, and the community in the reinvention of education for the digital age.

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