Multimodal Literacies and Emerging Genres

ISBN-10: 0822962160

ISBN-13: 9780822962168

Edition: 2013

Authors: Tracey Bowen, Carl Whithaus

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A student’s avatar navigates a virtual world and communicates the desires, emotions, and fears of its creator. Yet, how can her writing instructor interpret this formof meaningmaking?Today, multiple modes of communication and information technology are challenging pedagogies in composition and across the disciplines. Writing instructors grapple with incorporating new forms into their curriculums and relating them to established literary practices. Administrators confront the application of new technologies to the restructuring of courses and the classroom itself.Multimodal Literacies and Emerging Genresexamines the possibilities, challenges, and realities of mutimodal composition as an effective means of communication. The chapters view the ways that writing instructors and their students are exploring the spaces where communication occurs, while also asking “what else is possible.” The genres of film, audio, photography, graphics, speeches, storyboards, PowerPoint presentations, virtual environments, written works, and others are investigated to discern both their capabilities and limitations. The contributors highlight the responsibility of instructors to guide students in the consideration of their audience and ethical responsibility, while also maintaining the ability to “speak well.” Additionally, they focus on the need for programmatic changes and a shift in institutional philosophy to close a possible “digital divide” and remain relevant in digital and global economies.    Embracing and advancing multimodal communication is essential to both higher education and students. The contributors therefore call for the examination of how writing programs, faculty, and administrators are responding to change, and how the many purposes writing serves can effectively converge within composition curricula.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 4/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Introduction. "What Else Is Possible": Multimodal Composing and Genre in the Teaching of Writing
Multimodal Pedagogies That Inspire Hybrid Genres
Genre and Transfer in a Multimodal Composition Class
Back to the Future? The Pedagogical Promise of the (Multimedia) Essay
Including, but Not Limited to, the Digital: Composing Multimedia Texts
Something Old, Something New: Integrating Presentation Software into the "Writing" Course
Thinking outside the Text Box: 3-D Interactive, Multimodal Literacy in a College Writing Class
Multimodal Literacies and Pedagogical Choices
Invention, Ethos, and New Media in the Rhetoric Classroom: The Storyboard as Exemplary Genre
Multimodal Composing, Appropriation, Remediation, and Reflection: Writing, Literature, and Media
Writing, Visualizing, and Research Reports
Multimodality, Memory, and Evidence: How the Treasure House of Rhetoric Is Being Digitally Renovated
The Changing Structures of Composition Programs
Student Mastery in Metamodal Learning Environments: Moving beyond Multimodal Literacy
Multivalent Composition and the Reinvention of Expertise
Going Multimodal: Programmatic, Curricular, and Classroom Change
Rhetoric across Modes, Rhetoric across Campus: Faculty and Students Building a Multimodal Curriculum
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