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:
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!
Last week, the UD English Department was extremely fortunate to host Jay Dolmage, Associate Professor of English at the University of Waterloo and scholar of disability, rhetoric and writing. In addition to his fantastic talk, “From ‘Disabled Upon Arrival’ to Academic Eugenics,” and the many other ways he gave his time, Jay led the first Composition Program Brown Bag session of the year on Universal Design.
As a substitute for those who missed the excellent session, or as a supplement for those who attended, you can download the notes from Jay’s Brown Bag here.
Also, as promised, Jay has shared his Tipsheet for Universal Design for UD writing teachers to use in their classrooms. This document has also been posted as a permanent link under the “Resources” tab of the Composition Program website.
Our gratitude goes out to Jay for his sheer generosity in sharing his expertise, ideas, and time with all of us at UD. Thanks, too, to those who attended the first Brown Bag and came with thoughtful questions and comments for Jay. Don’t miss our next Brown Bag session on “re-mediation” this Wednesday, October 8 at 11:15 am (Memorial 3rd floor lounge)!