Beyond the Classroom: Disseminating multimodal project resources for faculty and students

TitleBeyond the Classroom: Disseminating multimodal project resources for faculty and students
Faculty/College/UnitArts
StatusActive
Duration3 Years
Initiation04/01/2018
Funding Details
Year 1: Project TitleBeyond the text: Promoting digital and visual literacy through multimodal projects
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2018/2019
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorChristine D'Onofrio
Year 1: Funded Amount19,193
Year 1: Team Members

Christine D'Onofrio, Instructor, Art History, Visual Art and Theory, Faculty of Arts
Silvia Bartolic, Instructor 1, Sociology, Faculty of Arts
Heidi May, Curriculum Manager, Office of the Dean, Faculty of Arts / Educational Programmer, Arts ISIT

Year 1: Summary

The purpose of this project is twofold:

  1. develop digital resources for designing and executing multimodal assignments that align with discipline-specific program outcomes and course learning objectives;
  2. help prepare students for a multimodal world of communication (Kress, 2000).

This will be accomplished by,

  1. conducting faculty consultations and workshops to define and understand course learning outcomes and the kinds of assignments through which learning is assessed;
  2. using a pedagogical framework (Rodrigue, 2015) from which we will guide students and faculty to reflect on and make effective practical, conceptual and pedagogical choices regarding genres, multimedia tools and platforms;
  3. revealing ways faculty can confidently integrate multimodal assignments to both enable students to prove learning and alleviate concerns of rubric assessment;
  4. providing students with resources that address visual communication (e.g. a video resource on layout fundamentals, or video clip juxtaposition and storytelling) to emphasize the significance of visual literacy in media (Messaris, 1998); and,
  5. evaluating participants’ understandings of and experiences with the resources.
Year 2: Project TitleBeyond the Experience: Showcasing experiential learning in multimodal project formats
Year 2: Project YearYear 2
Year 2: Funding Year2019/2020
Year 2: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 2: Principal InvestigatorChristine D'Onofrio
Year 2: Funded Amount18,000
Year 2: Team Members

Christine D'Onofrio, Instructor 1, Art History, Visual Art and Theory, Faculty of Arts
Silvia Bartolic, Instructor 1, Sociology, Faculty of Arts
Heidi May, Curriculum Manager and Educational Programmer, Office of the Dean, Faculty of Arts
Richard Arias-Hernandez, Instructor 1, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (iSchool)

Year 2: Summary

In Year 2 we plan to broaden our resources to include pedagogical specialties and learning that happen in experiential learning projects. In an effort to develop considered high quality material that showcases and translate learning of unique partnership projects between students and community partners. This will further our disciplinary scope to information and archival studies with a focus on digital ephemera that will lend insight to departments in the Faculty of Arts. This will broaden our curriculum resources to include more complex learning experiences and diverse project outcomes as found in experiential learning projects, a core priority in UBC’s 2018 strategic plan. In Year 2 we also plan to further evolve and refine the resources and implementation and further assessment and evaluation of the multimodal project format in a third iteration of FMST 314.

Year 3: Project YearYear 3
Year 3: Funding Year2020/2021
Year 3: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 3: Principal InvestigatorChristine D'Onofrio
Year 3: Funded Amount12,100
Year 3: Team Members

Christine D'Onofrio, Senior Instructor, Art History, Visual Art and Theory, Faculty of Arts
Silvia Bartolic, Senior Instructor, Sociology, Faculty of Arts
Heidi May, Curriculum Manager and Educational Programmer, Office of the Dean, Faculty of Arts
Richard Arias-Hernandez, Instructor, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (iSchool)

Year 3: Summary

In today’s digital information society, ways of knowing are pervasively carried out through new media formats; video, audio, animation, images, etc. The New London Group (1996) first introduced the term “multiliteracies” and promoted the idea that “all meaning-making is multimodal.” Influenced by recent work from NLG members Cope and Kalantzis (pedagogy of multiliteracies) and Kress (multimodal approaches to learning) (2015), this project aims to facilitate ways to adapt pedagogy to address multimodal literacies and emerging digital media formats. This project meets TLEF criteria of enhancing teaching and learning by 1) creating unique curriculum resources to strengthen students’ communication skills, 2) assisting faculty in developing assessment methods, and 3) integrating open source software and open educational resources (OER).