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Teaching and Learning Multimodal Communications

Alyssa Arbuckle, Alison Hedley, Shaun Macpherson, Alyssa McLeod, Jana Millar Usiskin, Daniel Powell, Jentery Sayers, Emily Smith, Michael Stevens, Authors

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5. Review

As we discussed during seminar, the formal review of digital tools, online collections/exhibits, and multimodal scholarly communications is relatively rare. However, the genre is emerging, and writing such a review is no doubt a worthwhile exercise for practitioners of digital literary studies. So here goes . . .

Learning Outcomes

For you to:

  • Closely examine and evaluate a digital project,
  • Reference and assess specific elements of that project,
  • Practice writing in a genre intended for an academic audience, and
  • Transfer the study of a digital project to the development of your own project-based work.

What You Should Include in Your Response

Select a digital project that’s academic in character. Here, a “project” may entail—for example—a tool (e.g., Voyant), an exhibit/collection (e.g., the Deena Larsen Collection), or a multimodal book/article (e.g., Learning from YouTube).

Use the MLA’s “Short Guide to Evaluation of Digital Work” to assess various elements of the project you selected.

Before seminar on Thursday, March 1st, write a formal review of the project (750-1000 words + screenshots / screencasts) in Scalar. Write for an academic audience (e.g., digital humanities practitioners) that includes the people who actually produced the project you selected. Your review need not be restricted to a single page in Scalar.

As per usual, the first person who responds will need to convert the Scalar page into a path.

Get in touch with questions, especially if you would like me to approve your project prior to review.

Author: Jentery Sayers
Word Count: 213
Original Prompt: "Review"

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