Integrating Multimodality: Introduction and definition

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Integrating multimodality into your teaching


Dànielle Nicole DeVoss, Michigan State University


You may be new to assigning your students to analyze or compose multimodal work. If so, you may find the following material helpful. Or you may have some experience with integrating multimodality in your writing classroom. If that’s the case, you too may find this material helpful.


This section of will help you get warmed up to teaching multimodal works, offer some teaching ideas, provide a process for building a rubric for evaluating multimodal student projects, and include a ready-made rubric that you can use today.


The following definition comes from my book Understanding and Composing Multimodal Projects, published by Bedford/St. Martin’s. 


Texts that include more than one way of presenting an idea are multimodal. Multimodal texts are those that draw on multiple (multi) modes of conveying information, including words, numbers, images, graphics, animations, transitions, sounds (voice and music), and more.


Some common multimodal texts: advertisement, video, slide presentation, brochure, audio essay, illustrated article, user’s manual.