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Frank Anthony Moretti

Professional Background

Educational Background


  Ph.D., History, Columbia University, Doctoral Dissertation: “Augustus and Vergil: Pietas and the Pedagogy of Power,”1983
  M. Phil, Columbia University, 1976
  M.Ed., Teachers College, Columbia University, 1976
  M.A., History and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, 1973
  M.A., Latin, Columbia University, 1967
  B.A., Greek and Latin, St. Bonaventure University, 1965

Scholarly Interests

Selected Publications

Fall 2007: “Using New Media to Improve Learning: Multimedia Connect for HIV/AIDS Risk Reduction and the Triangle Initiative,” in Toward Equity in Health: A New Global Approach to Health Disparities, Moretti, Frank A. & Witte, Susan S., edited by Barbara Wallace, Springer Publishing Company, 2007

February 2005: “Support in the Use of New Media,” Supporting E-Learning: A Guide for Library and Information Managers, Facet Publishing, United Kingdom, 2005

Winter 2005: “Digital Media in a New Age of Learning and Research: The Multimedia Study Environment Version of the Autobiography of Malcolm X,” “Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, Vol. 7 #1, Frank Moretti with John Frankfurt and David Miele, Columbia University, New York, New York

2005: “What Have We Learned and How Have We Learned It? Examples of Best Practices of a New Media Services and Development Center in Higher Education,” Online Padagogik, Band 3, edited by Burkhard Lehmann and Egon Bloh, 77-97. Frank Moretti/Lila Pinto (in collaboration with Kristen Sosulski and Ryan Kelsey), Baltmannsweller, Germany: Schneider Verlag Hohengehren

Select Presentations

February 3, 2009: Designing a Global Learning Organization; with a focus on human development, President’s Office, Georgetown University

November 14, 2008: Presenter, “Working with Distressed Communities: The Use of Media as a Tool for Pedagogical Enhancement,” The Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service, Georgetown University

November 12-14, 2008: “VITAL: A Web-based Video Analysis System for Teaching University-level Courses in Early Childhood Mathematics Education,” DR-K12 PI Meeting: Transforming STEM Education Through Research: Making an Impact on Student and Teacher Learning, National Science Foundation, Washington, DC

July 14-25, 2008:University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, S.A. (Distinguished Visiting Professor) : Seminar on Instructional Technology

April 16, 2008: “Mobilizing Design Research to Extend the Global Power of Digital Media in Education: The MacArthur Commission’s Global Classroom Project on Sustainable Development and the Millennium Village Simulation,” J.R. Garfield, R. Kelsey & F.A. Moretti, 3rd International Conference on Interactive Mobile and Computer Aided Learning (IMCL) 2008 Conference, Amman, Jordan

June 6-8, 2007: “Teacher 2.0: Developing the 21st Century Workforce,” EduStat Summit 2007, Columbia University, New York

May 15, 2006: “Inventing the Future of University Learning and Teaching in a Networked World,” Seminar, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland

March 10-11, 2006: “The Work of Education Technologists: Implications for a Health Disparities Reduction Research Agenda,” The First Annual Health Disparities Conference, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York

Select Projects - Executive Producer

Multimedia Study Environments:
Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)
William Shakespeare’s, The Tragedie of King Lear
W.E.B. Du Bois, Souls of Black Folk
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
The Vimalakirti

Simulations
:
Heart Simulator
Brownfield Action: An Environmental Simulation
Millennium Village Simulation

E-Seminars
:
Poverty, Wealth and History in the East End of London: E-Seminar 2, Revolution and Reform
Digital Learning Communities: Promoting Democracy Through Education
Malcolm X: Life After Death
“Pops,” Out Here in the Cause of Happiness: The Louis Armstrong Story

Analytic and Communication Tools
:
Video Interactions for Teaching and Learning (VITAL)
Image Annotation Tool (IAT)
Deconstructor: An Online Film Analysis Tool

Pedagogical Wikis
:
Social Justice Movements
The Politics of Sustainable Development
Seminar in Applied Mathematics
Reading and Writing Women

current projects

Frank Moretti has 39 years of experience in school-based leadership and is recognized as one of America's leading theorists and practitioners in the use of digital technology in education. He was the Executive Director of the internationally known Dalton Technology Plan. He founded the software company Learn Technologies Interactive. He contributes extensively to national conferences and seminars on technology and education and is the author of many papers and articles on innovation in education, and the role of technology, specifically multimedia, in education.

Frank is the Executive Producer of scores of digital media projects at the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning, including:

VITAL - Video Interactions for Teaching and Learning: A Web-based application that uses digital video as a teaching tool, allowing students to view a digital video library and to construct multimedia essays incorporating references to texts and videos. VITAL also stores all student work, allowing for sharing and peer review.

Image Annotation Tool: A Web-based application designed for students and faculty to upload, organize, categorize, present and annotate digital images. Students also can annotate and organize images into meaningful categories to support their individual study of the course content. For faculty, the IAT enables the creation of slideshows and the ability to review student annotations on course images.

The Autobiography of Malcolm X: Presents Malcolm X's memoir with links to critical annotations that provide perspectives beyond the written word. This MSE provides four "lenses," or perspectives, that illuminate the political, cultural, global, and faith-based aspects of Malcolm X's life and legacy. In addition, the MSE features a rich multimedia archive of primary sources, including historical documents, images, and videos as well as original interviews with scholars and Malcolm X's contemporaries.

Social Justice Movements Wiki: A student-authored, collaborative Web site about key social justice movements in the United States that provides students the opportunity to create a Web site exploring the broader political visions of organizations representing labor, civil rights, black liberation, reparations, socialism/communism, feminism, welfare rights, youth/Hip Hop activism, education, peace, environmental justice, and anti-globalization and their impact on local communities.

Film Language Glossary: For students involved in the making and studying of motion pictures. Specifically, the focus is on defining film terms and film language which are representative of all the major categories of Film Studies: practical terminology, technical terminology, the language of business, historical terms as well as the language of criticism and theory. Each entry is enhanced by sample film clips, images, and animations.

Heart Simulator: Modeling the pressure-volume relationship, the Heart Simulator contains parameters that students manipulate to simulate conditions and pathologies useful for teaching and learning the function of the heart. It provides a continuous graphic output of the relationship between pressure and volume in the heart under varying conditions.

Brownfield Action: This simulation engages students in an environmental investigation of a suspected contaminated land site. An adaptation of a paper-based version of the study the professor had used for several years, the project is ideally suited for a digital environment in which students seamlessly gather, store and manipulate data.

curriculum vitae

additional titles

Executive Director, Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning, Columbia University

professional presentations

February 3, 2009: Designing a Global Learning Organization; with a focus on human development, President’s Office, Georgetown University

November 14, 2008: Presenter, “Working with Distressed Communities: The Use of Media as a Tool for Pedagogical Enhancement,” The Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service, Georgetown University

November 12-14, 2008: “VITAL: A Web-based Video Analysis System for Teaching University-level Courses in Early Childhood Mathematics Education,” DR-K12 PI Meeting: Transforming STEM Education Through Research: Making an Impact on Student and Teacher Learning, National Science Foundation, Washington, DC

July 14-25, 2008:University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, S.A. (Distinguished Visiting Professor) : Seminar on Instructional Technology

April 16, 2008: “Mobilizing Design Research to Extend the Global Power of Digital Media in Education: The MacArthur Commission’s Global Classroom Project on Sustainable Development and the Millennium Village Simulation,” J.R. Garfield, R. Kelsey & F.A. Moretti, 3rd International Conference on Interactive Mobile and Computer Aided Learning (IMCL) 2008 Conference, Amman, Jordan

June 6-8, 2007: “Teacher 2.0: Developing the 21st Century Workforce,” EduStat Summit 2007, Columbia University, New York

May 15, 2006: “Inventing the Future of University Learning and Teaching in a Networked World,” Seminar, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland

March 10-11, 2006: “The Work of Education Technologists: Implications for a Health Disparities Reduction Research Agenda,” The First Annual Health Disparities Conference, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York

professional experiences

Select Projects - Executive Producer

Multimedia Study Environments:
Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)
William Shakespeare’s, The Tragedie of King Lear
W.E.B. Du Bois, Souls of Black Folk
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
The Vimalakirti

Simulations
:
Heart Simulator
Brownfield Action: An Environmental Simulation
Millennium Village Simulation

E-Seminars
:
Poverty, Wealth and History in the East End of London: E-Seminar 2, Revolution and Reform
Digital Learning Communities: Promoting Democracy Through Education
Malcolm X: Life After Death
“Pops,” Out Here in the Cause of Happiness: The Louis Armstrong Story

Analytic and Communication Tools
:
Video Interactions for Teaching and Learning (VITAL)
Image Annotation Tool (IAT)
Deconstructor: An Online Film Analysis Tool

Pedagogical Wikis
:
Social Justice Movements
The Politics of Sustainable Development
Seminar in Applied Mathematics
Reading and Writing Women

MSTU 4010: Theories of communication

A broad, multidisciplinary survey of contemporary perspectives on communication. Topics include: definitions, models and theories of information processing, history of media change, cross-cultural communication, interpersonal communication, and the uses and effects of mass media. Special fee: $35.

MSTU 4016: The history of communication

A comprehensive survey of the history of communication, tracing the development of the dominant modes of transmitting knowledge, from speaking to writing, from printing to the electronic media. Special fee: $35.

MSTU 5606: Readings in communication theory and social thought I

Each week during the academic year, participants in this course will read and discuss important work in the literature of Communication. These works all consider how the conditions and constraints of human interaction affect culture, public discourse, and the historical quality of life. The aim is to acquire a thorough grounding in how thinkers have addressed a basic problem in the study of communication over the past century and a half. Completion of written work for the colloquium is part of the certification requirement for doctoral candidates in the Communication program, and it can serve as the culminating project required for completion of the Master of Education degree in that program.

MSTU 5607: Readings in communication theory and social thought II

Each week during the academic year, participants in this course will read and discuss important work in the literature of Communication. These works all consider how the conditions and constraints of human interaction affect culture, public discourse, and the historical quality of life. The aim is to acquire a thorough grounding in how thinkers have addressed a basic problem in the study of communication over the past century and a half. Completion of written work for the colloquium is part of the certification requirement for doctoral candidates in the Communication program, and it can serve as the culminating project required for completion of the Master of Education degree in that program.

Documents & Papers

Download: Frank Moretti_CV [PDF]

Centers and Projects

Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning
Website: http://ccnmtl.columbia.edu

In partnership with the faculty as content experts, the Center is committed to advancing the purposeful use of new media and digital technologies in the educational programs of Columbia University. We are committed to ongoing evaluation of the efficacy of our work within the University.

Frank Anthony Moretti appeared in the following articles:

VITAL Project Has Potential to Help Teach Math to Young Children (11/5/2004)

A Vital Grant (10/13/2004)

In Brief (6/1/2003)

Third Annual Educational Technology Summit (5/1/2003)