Multimodal Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Storytelling with Technology

April 23, 2015
4:00 - 6:00 PM
Taliaferro 0135

This hands-on workshop in the Women’s Studies Multimedia Studio will enable instructors to explore storytelling through multimodal pedagogy. We will focus on incorporating storytelling projects into course design, adapting course objectives and lesson plans for working with both digital and analog tools and technologies, and developing rubrics for evaluating students’ multimedia work. Informed by intersectional queer, critical race, gender studies, and rhetorical frameworks, and drawing on do-it-yourself and maker methodologies from our own teaching philosophies, we hope to demystify the process of teaching with unfamiliar technologies by emphasizing experimentation, iteration, and play.

Participants will split into groups to rotate among our multimodal stations, completing short guided activities on argumentative infographics using social media, construction of soundscapes, image framing and contextual analysis, and the basics of circuitry with Makey Makey. Each activity examines the visual, the aural, or the haptic alongside the literary. We’ll discuss how to create supportive environments for working multimodally in undergraduate classrooms.

Please bring an in-progress syllabus to work with; no experience with digital media is necessary. Light dinner provided.

You would be perfect for this workshop if you’ve previously taught a class, are excited about teaching/thinking with technology, or are in the midst of course redesign.  RSVP by April 10.

For more information contact: Melissa Rogers (