“ [W]e must relinquish some of our text-based authority." (Bickmore and Christiansen 239)
“ [M]ulitliteracies [pedagogy] aims to move literacy education forward from antiquated pedagogies of an exclusively formal, standard, monomodal and national language to those that are inclusive of informal, open-ended, multimodal forms of communication, which cross national boundaries and support productive diversity.” (Mills 105)
Composition courses at Minneapolis Community and Technical College are developed collaboratively among faculty members and rooted in best practices of teaching and learning, with specific emphasis on multimodal literacy, critical literacy, and composing for social change. Instructors envision writers as "members of a collaborative group with a common project linked to the world at large and delivered in multiple genres and media" ( Yancey, 2004 ). Courses prepare students for the written, oral, visual, and electronic composition demands of the workplace, academia, and citizenship. Students are encouraged to engage challenging questions and to reflect an effective process of informing themselves and others as community members with a responsibility to take action.