For my final project, I want to explore the ways that multimodality can transform the basic writing classroom. Because I have no personal experience with basic writing, I plan on surveying a group of basic writing professors to figure out the most common methods for teaching basic writers. From this data, I will have a better understanding of how widespread multimodality currently is and what issues or affordances it creates. I will then record an interview with Professor Medina to work out some of the concerns that professors may have with multimodal composition.
With the interview and a recorded narration, I will compose and produce a podcast that I will post online. I decided on the podcast format because I wanted to include a multiplicity of voices—Professor Medina’s, the basic writing professors’ and mine—and I thought a podcast would be the most seamless way to do that. Creating the podcast will also somewhat be an exercise in meta-analysis, since I will be using a multimodal format to argue for the use of multimodality. In that sense, I hope to show in my project that multimodality can be used to convey complex, interesting ideas.