Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by Marc-Anthony Macon

Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by Marc-Anthony Macon

Multimodal Composing on Mobile Devices



Since 2005, the New Media Consortium and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative’s Horizon Report has projected some form of mobile technology as being “on the horizon” for teaching and learning in higher education. In March 2012, Smith’s Pew Internet and American Life study announced the tipping point of more smartphone than regular cell phone users; 46% of Americans owned smartphones with 41% owning other phones. Knowing that many incoming FYC students are carrying powerful computers in their pockets, instructors want to learn how to harness mobile devices to benefit both teaching (instructor focus) or learning (student focus).

This 3.5 hour workshop focuses on exploring ways to move mobile devices from being content delivery (only teaching)  to content production devices (composing and learning). This event will provide participants with a variety of activities for exploring different applications, on different mobile devices. Specifically, participants will be given demo mobile multimodal assignments that will have them using their mobile devices to record raw digital materials (text, sound, images & video), compose, and then publish remixed multimedia compositions.

After participating in this event participants will be able to:

  • experiment with different mobile devices and applications to explore types of multimedia compositions;
  • brainstorm ideas about incorporating mobile devices into class assignments;
  • discuss ways to address issues of technological access and support; and
  • discuss assignment design and assessment.

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