Video Interactions for Teaching and Learning (VITAL) is a Web-based learning environment that enables students to view, analyze, and communicate ideas with video. The VITAL project began in 2002 as a partnership between CCNMTL and Herbert P. Ginsburg, Professor of Psychology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Since then, VITAL has been deployed in a wide range of courses and disciplines across Columbia University, from the School of Social Work to the School of the Arts.
Students who use VITAL learn to master close viewing skills and articulate their ideas with both text and video, utilizing multimedia for active expression rather than passive reception. VITAL features tools that enable students to edit, annotate, and store clips that they select from a course’s video library. Students then use these clips as multimedia citations in essays that are published within the VITAL environment for review and critique by the instructor and classmates.
VITAL also offers a guided lesson template that allows instructors to create linear, question-by-question exercises. These lessons mimic real-time events in which students must make an interpretation or decision based on limited information. After answering a question, students might read an expert’s commentary, encouraging them to reflect and refine their thinking.
VITAL has been the subject of numerous studies, papers, and presentations examining its impact on student learning, new pedagogical approaches to the classroom and online, and applications such as pre-professional training. For more information, please see the VITAL project’s public Web site.
CCNMTL is committed to working with faculty partners to make VITAL an effective pedagogical tool that enhances both teaching and learning for each course. For more information or to view a demonstration, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the MIT VITAL administrator at email@example.com.
Ryan Kelsey 2006-present
Ted Bongiovanni 2004-2006
Michael Preston 2006-present
Rae Brosnan 2005-2006
Eric Mattes, lead
Jin Chen, intern
Elizabeth Day, lead
Video Production Direction
Quality Assurance Testing
Mark Jeonghan Lee, intern
VITAL is based on an original concept by David VanEsselstyn.
Prof. Herbert P. Ginsburg, Teachers College, Columbia University
Prof. Joon Sun Lee, Hunter College School of Education (CUNY)
Prof. Arthur Baroody, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
Cornelia Brunner, Center for Children and Technology
For a complete list of partners and more information about this project, please visit the VITAL project’s public Web site.
Elizabeth Day, lead
Development of the VITAL project is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.