As instructors engage in new ways of utilizing digital technologies to teach, students are also learning to communicate through mediums that may be new to them. Using multimodal writing, a form of writing where students engage multiple or new forms of media, is a way to match practice to pedagogical goals. Students will learn new ways of writing to a specific audience through digital media, and faculty can demonstrate how they themselves have learned to teach through new media. Multimodal writing assignments can be as small as a 2-minute reflective audio recording to something larger like a website or longform video.
Best of all, there are so many resources out there that instructors do not need to be the expert on the technology students will use to engage in multimodal assignments. In fact, assigning a multimodal writing project provides an interesting opportunity to learn something new alongside your students.
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