Multimodal Communication: E-Learning via New Essay Textuality, Remediation, and Threading

Dr. Caroline Fitzpatrick
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Multimodal Communication: E-Learning via New Essay Textuality, Remediation, and Threading

Prof. Caroline Fitzpatrick, Communications Department, Alvernia College

How has the evolution of the Information Age affected communication in learning environments? In what ways has technology invention influenced our literacy development? In Nicholas Negroponte’s book, Being Digital, he predicted the Internet would serve people with “rich sensory signals,” which would have multiple contributions to varied disciplines. Related to education and literacy, technology has affected our reading and writing development due to the nonlinear presentation of information, interactive nature of the content, and the multimedia patchwork of images, sounds, and video that users encounter everyday.
This article addresses how these “rich sensory signals” are utilized in curriculum design and teaching by providing successful case studies that effectively integrate discipline content, instruction, and technology. Purposely, the importance of developing multiple literacies: digital, cultural, informational, physical, and visual will be discussed.
Through the projects of students, the paper will show the practical application of technology and theory in the classroom, referencing such concepts as Edgar Dale’s Cone of Learning, Carolyn Handa’s Network Theory, Jay Bolter’s Remediation, and Myka Vielstimmig’s New Essay Textuality. Specifically, case studies on the integration of blogs, web editors, image manipulation software, digital cameras, scanners and other software and hardware to develop electronic portfolios and multi-authored, threaded research papers will be provided.

Keywords: Curriculum Design, Multimodal Communication, Multiliteracies, New Essay Textuality, Remediation, Threading
Stream: Technology in Education
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
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Dr. Caroline Fitzpatrick

Assistant Professor of Communication, Humanities Division, Alvernia College

Caroline (Carrie) Fitzpatrick is an Assistant Professor of Communication/CIS/English and the Director of Instructional Standards at Alvernia College, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. She holds graduate degrees in Communication Studies and Educational Technology. Currently, she serves on the Electronic Communications Committee and Publications Committee for the International English Honor Society and the Mass Communications Advisory Board for the Washington Center. Recent scholarly work includes: Educational Insights in Literacy through Qualitative Methodologies, Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, January 2005, Honolulu, Hawaii, and Technology Use in Teaching & Learning: Electronic Portfolios, Threaded Papers, and New Essay Textuality, July 2004, International Conference on Education and Information Systems, Technologies and Applications (EISTA 2004) and International Conference on Cybernetics and Information Technologies, Systems and Applications (CITSA 2004), Orlando, Florida. Her research interests incorporate multimodal communication and literacy, qualitative research, and instructional technology.

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