Modes of Meaning, Modes of Engagement

Pragmatic Intersections of Adaptation Theory and Multimodal Composition

Authored by: Bri Lafond , Kristen Macias

The Routledge Handbook of Digital Writing and Rhetoric

Print publication date:  April  2018
Online publication date:  April  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138671362
eBook ISBN: 9781315518497
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Multimodality is not new to composition, but the field largely has not taken into account the ways in which other academic disciplines theorize equivalent composing processes as they apply to multimodal texts. Essentially, while multimodality feels like a cutting-edge development in the writing classroom, many treat multimodal composing as merely a difference in product rather than process; we use our “tried and true” methods of composing traditional texts and merely substitute a website or short film for the end product. This tendency unnecessarily limits our vision as instructors for the composing prospects of new media, and, unfortunately, we pass this limited vision on to our students. Further, though there are some texts within writing studies that explore multimodality as a concept, there are fewer texts that provide practical guidance as to how to implement multimodality as pedagogy.

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