Thinking Rhetorically about Multimodal Composition

A free professional development opportunity for faculty, teaching staff, graduate assistants, and anyone else who would like to learn more about digital literacy.

Friday, November 8, 2019
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Mitchell Hall 191

Presented by Jodie Nicotra, Associate Professor and Department Chair, Department of English, University of Idaho. This event is funded by the Academic Staff Group Professional Development Award and supported by the Department of English.

The Internet and what some call the “participatory web” (websites, apps, and platforms that enable communication among hundreds of people) have both enriched and complicated the communication landscape. Everyone is now an author, composer, creator, and more people than ever before may communicate with others worldwide. Many students come to the university knowing how to use multiple modalities—moving and still images, sounds, music, color, words, and animations—to convey meaning that are distributed primarily, albeit not exclusively, via digital media (e.g., computers, computer networks, CDs)—as part of their outside-of-school lives. Impressed with students’ technical skills, many instructors assume that students know how to use the technology critically and make informed choices. However, research and often our own experiences with students undermine that assumption. With the continued proliferation of new media and digital texts around us, students must be taught how to critically navigate this shifting landscape intentionally using different modalities in the various contexts of their lived experiences.

Nicotra’s research in digital literacy and multimodality will benefit faculty, teaching staff, and graduate assistants in all disciplines. She is nationally recognized for her effectiveness in working with faculty and academic staff in professional and technical fields and other departments outside of English.

Light refreshments will be served, and space is limited.