CNDLS is pleased to announce a partnership with Columbia University’s Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL) to develop the Project Rebirth Learning Collaboratory, a virtual environment for the study of documentary footage related to the effects of September 11, 2001. Project Rebirth, directed by Georgetown alumnus Jim Whitaker (C’90), is a documentary film chronicling the recovery of ten people coping with the aftermath of 9/11 and the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site.
Built to complement a digital library of Project Rebirth’s archival footage, the Project Rebirth Learning Collaboratory will create a social learning environment powered by flexible web-based tools to connect a broad community of researchers, educators, and community-based practitioners. Users will be able to edit, tag, annotate, and share clips of the footage with one another, and to reflect on the footage through blogs and multimedia digital stories.
CNDLS and CCNMTL will work together to develop the technological infrastructure for the social learning environment and to design pedagogical strategies to incorporate Project Rebirth into courses from a variety of disciplines. Not only will this learning environment allow for explorations of themes such as trauma, narrative, memory, and recovery, but it will also enable research on aspects of student learning, including metacognition, affect, and empathy.
More background on Project Rebirth can be found here. We look forward to working on this exciting project!