Brown Bag Multimedia Resources

Our first Brown Bag of the semester on teaching multimedia was a roundtable discussion of different ways that instructors currently teach multimodal assignments in English 110, and we addressed concerns about structuring and grading multimodal assignments. The Student Multimedia Design Center’s representative, Hannah Lee, was present to give access to resources and help with practical concerns. We had a lot of materials present in the Brown Bag that we wanted to make accessible as models for all English 110 instructors.
Caitlin Larracey allowed us to look at her materials, which range from prompts such as the Remediation on YouTube, Social (Re)Media, and Proposal Vlog assignments, as well as supporting materials such as how to work with Storify in the Affordances Discussion Activity. Her materials are included below:
I also shared some of my own materials, particularly the prompts and rubrics I’ve used in my classes to teach multimedia assignments. The Website Prompt and Rubric are an assignment I’ve taught several times now, and I think work particularly well for my goals in a remediation assignment. The Multimedia Prompt and Rubric are for a project I ran once and liked but then changed, and I’m trying the blog assignment in the Daily Work and Participation Prompt for the first time this semester. My materials are included as well:
Finally, Hannah Lee sent over links that may be of use to anyone designing a multimedia assignment, which can be found in the Multimedia Literacy Research guide, in the Faculty Resources section.
She highlights specifically:
  • This video journaling template, from the University of Illinois’ ART 250: Writing with Video course, serves as a useful outline for process-based writing about the video production process.
  • This common rubric from Georgia Tech’s Writing and Communication Program can be used to assess multimodal compositions.
  • The RISE model (Reflect, Inquire, Suggest, Elevate) may be helpful for peer-to-peer critiques and instructor-to-student feedback.

She also points out resources that might be helpful when thinking about multimodal assessment:

  • Digital Writing Assessment and Evaluation contains a collection of chapters on assessing digital compositions. Published by Computers and Composition Digital Press/Utah State University Press. The full text of the book is available for free online. 
  • Computers and Composition devotes an entire issue (Volume 31, March 2014) to multimodal assessment.

Feel free to make use of these materials, and continue to share how E110 instructors are using multimodal projects in our classroom!

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Brown Bag, Wed, 10/08: Don’t Wait, Remediate!

Unbelievably, the second Writing Program Brown Bag session of the fall semester is already upon us! This coming Wednesday, October 8, at 11:15 am, Michael McCamley, Janel Atlas and Caitlin Larracey will lead us in a roundtable discussion of “remediation” assignments for the writing classroom.

In contrast to its historical meaning in education, “remediation” is a term that has been taken up in recent years by compositionists interested in how, in our increasingly digital age, writing and rhetoric translates across media (that is, how it can be “re-mediated”) to new genres, audiences, and purposes. Our panelists will share remediation assignments they have used successfully in their own English 110 classrooms, and invite you to bring any questions or ideas you may have for bringing this kind of work into your teaching.

As usual, we will hold our Brown Bag session in the Memorial 3rd floor lounge, and snacks and beverages will be provided. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email Kiley Dhatt (kileynd@udel.edu) or Jane Wessel (jwessel@udel.edu).

We very much hope to see you there!

Brown Bag Lunch Discussions

Fall 2014: Writing Program Brown Bag Series

All sessions held in the Memorial Hall 3rd-floor lounge. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

Places to Start: Moving Towards Universal Design in the Classroom

Tuesday, September 23rd, 11:00-12:00

For the first brown bag of the 2014-15 academic year, Jay Dolmage, professor of rhetoric, composition, and disability studies at the University of Waterloo, will facilitate a conversation about the concept of “Universal Design” (UD) as a means of creating more accessible and inclusive ways to move pedagogically. The starting point of the conversation will be a “list” of Universal Design suggestions across teaching modes and student engagements.

Don’t Wait: Remediate!

Wednesday, October 8th, 11:15-12:15

Over the past few years, “remediation” assignments have sprung up in first-year composition courses, both at UD and nationally. Such assignments challenge students to rewrite their research papers in new modes and genres and for new audiences. This brown bag lunch will be run as a roundtable, in which Michael McCamley, Janel Atlas, and Caitlin Larracey talk about their remediation assignments, how they engage students in multimodal writing, and what E110 course outcomes these assignments support. Come learn about “rewriting” research papers as video projects, magazine articles, and Tumblr posts, and share some of your own ideas and experiences!

Teaching in the Internet Age: What’s On (the) Line?

Tuesday, November 11th, 11:00-12:00

In this era of rapidly evolving internet and communication technologies, online learning in higher education is booming. In this brown bag session, Lauren Hornberger will lead a discussion about online writing instruction in particular. Topics may include why and how writing is currently being taught online, available technologies for delivering course content and facilitating interaction, types of assignments and activities that work particularly well in the online environment, and strategies for ensuring student engagement. We will also explore possibilities for implementing the best of traditional writing instruction in the online classroom as well as how online teaching strategies may inform our approaches to face-to-face instruction.

Any questions, thoughts or suggestions for brown bags? Contact Jane Wessel (jwessel@udel.edu) or Kiley Dhatt (kileynd@udel.edu).