Multiliteracy Centers: Writing Center Work, New Media and Multimodal Rhetoric (David Sheridan, James
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Title: Multiliteracy Centers
Sub-title: Writing Center Work, New Media and Multimodal Rhetoric
Editor(s): David Sheridan, James A. Inman
Publish Date: January 2010
|Over the last decade, colleges and universities have begun to pay significant attention to “multimodal rhetoric”—rhetoric that uses not just words but a wide range of compositional elements, including still images, moving images, charts, graphs, illustrations, animations, layout schemas, colors, music, ambient noises, and other media components. |
This book explores how multimodal rhetoric may prompt foundational changes in writing centers, which have proven themselves, over the last several decades, to be a highly effective means of providing peer-based support for writers, Bringing together the insights and experiences of ten researcher-practitioners working in a diverse range of institutional contexts, the chapters explore the transformations potentially involved in this shift to multimodality, including changes in the way centers configure space, the way they allocate resources, they way they train peer consultants, and the way they interact with other units on campus and with communities beyond campus.
Theoretical exploration is balanced with discussions of pragmatic concerns that emerge from contributors’ lived experiences. To confront the intellectual and practical challenges of integrating multimodal rhetoric into writing center work, contributors draw not only on writing center theory and the broader field of composition and rhetoric, but also on an eclectic mix of theoretical frameworks taken from other fields, including actor network theory, design, and property law.
Contents: Introduction: Writing Centers and the Multimodal Turn, David M. Sheridan. SPACE. Designing Multiliteracy Centers: A Zoning Approach, James Inman. Composing Multiple Spaces: Clemson’s Cass of ‘41 Online Studio, Morgan Gresham. OPERATION AND PRACTICE. When It Isn’t Even on the Page: Peer Consulting in Multimedia Environments, Teddi Fishman. All Things to All People: Multiliteracy Consulting and the Materiality of Rhetoric, David M. Sheridan. Anticipating the Momentum of Cyborg Communicative Events, Richard Selfe. CONNECTIONS. Writing Ain’t What It Used to Be: An Exercise in College Multiliteracy., George Cooper. Multiliteracies Across Lifetimes: Engaging K-12 Students and Teachers through Technology-Based Outreach, Troy Hicks. PRODUCTION. The Future of Multiliteracy Centers in the E-World: An Exploration of Cultural Narratives and Cultural Transformations, Christina Murphy and Lory Hawkes. Multiliteracy Centers as Content Producers: Designing Online Learning Experiences for Writers, David M. Sheridan. REALITY CHECK. The New Media (R)evolution: Multiple Models for Multiliteracies, Jackie Grutsch McKinney. Author Index. Subject Index.