While academic writing assignments privilege printed texts, the majority of works students view daily are multimodal. That is, they combine language, visuals, sound, and spatial layout for specific rhetorical purposes. Moreover, they invite audiences to disseminate and speak back to the text via comments, liking, and social media sharing. The primary vehicle through which viewers access multimodal texts is the web.
In English 282, we will explore how various modes—linguistic, visual, aural, gestural, and spatial—allow us to effectively communicate on the web. We will analyze elements of effective multimodal work, discuss the affordances of discrete modes, and produce our own multimodal texts, both individually and in groups. While students will use selected online platforms, software and hardware to complete coursework, technical savvy is not a course prerequisite. Students will receive instruction in all technical tools used in the classroom.
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