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Multimodal Approaches for Learning

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OLC Workshop Introduction:
Designing Courses with a Multimodal Approach
@OLC_Today Workshop Faculty: Dr. Laura Pasquini

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Multimodal Approaches for Learning

  1. 1. Multimodal Approaches: @OLC_Today Online Workshop Workshop Faculty: @LauraPasquini Supporting Online & Blended Learners
  2. 2. Overview Multimodal course design creates a learning environment which is conducive to various learning preferences by delivering the same content in multiple formats. In this workshop, you will explore strategies for developing learning content in various formats by using visual, audio, and video to engage a diverse set of learners. You will explore the research-based foundation of why this approach to learning design is effective while viewing examples from quality multimodal content design. "E-inkey (concept)" by Aleksander Suhih, Maxim Mezentsev is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
  3. 3. Learning Objectives Discuss considerations for delivering content in multiple formats to reach an audience with diverse learning preferences. Design a learning activity using a multimodal approach "Pole Dynamics" by Mario Paiano is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
  4. 4. What is multimodal instruction? Mode: a code to represent information; to articulate means of representation & communication either verbal or non-verbal Modalities: are sense receptors used to receive information, e.g. auditory (via the ears), visual (via the eyes), etc. "Owen's eyes" by andrechinn is licensed under CC BY 2.0
  5. 5. Modes of Meaning Representation & Communication of this theory in context to to the modes: ➔ Audio meanings Communication with music, ambient sounds, noises, alerts, hearing & listening. ➔ Gestural meanings Communication through movements of the body, hands, arms, facial expressions, eye-movement, demeanor, gait, style of clothing, etc.. ➔ Written meanings Textual: writing, notes, reading, etc. (Kalantzis & Cope, 2012)
  6. 6. Modes of Meaning (con’t) ➔ Tactile meanings Making experiences of things that can be felt in terms of touch, smell, taste, etc. ➔ Visual meanings Making still and video images ➔ Spatial meanings Positioning oneself in relation to others, creating spaces, & ways of moving ➔ Oral meanings Communication: form of live or recorded speech, presentation, etc. (Kalantzis & Cope, 2012)
  7. 7. How does technology interact with these multimodal meanings & literacies? Tip Technology can be more than a learning tool... Let’s see how pedagogical planning can put these modes into instructional practice!.
  8. 8. Achievement is more strongly correlated with pedagogy than use of media. It is not whether we use technology, but HOW we USE it. Technology facilitates interactivity to respond to learners’ actions & encourage them to think critically about what they are learning. "tools mosaic" by m kasahara is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
  9. 9. By including multimodal approaches into our blended and online environments, we are encouraging learners to use TECHNOLOGY as a LITERACY when paired with intentional pedagogical planning and practice. "Quotation: "...digital literacy matters - it is becoming a requirement for success in almost any field."" by Ken Whytock is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0
  10. 10. So, why is a multimodal approach to instruction critical in our digital learning environments?
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  13. 13. It provides multiple means of Representation UDL Guidelines Principle: Learners differ in the ways that they perceive and comprehend information that is presented to them. There is not one means of representation that will be optimal for all learners. http://udlguidelines.cas t.org/representation
  14. 14. Representation You will be able to encourage transfer of learning with these guidelines: ➔ Perception Interact with flexible content that doesn’t depend on a single sense like sight, hearing, movement, or touch. ➔ Language & Symbols Communicate through languages that create a shared understanding. ➔ Comprehension Construct meaning and generate new understandings. http://udlguidelines.cast.org/representation
  15. 15. It provides multiple means of Action & Expression UDL Guidelines Principle: Learners differ in the ways they navigate a learning environment and express what they know. There is not one means of representation that will be optimal for all learners. http://udlguidelines.cas t.org/action-expression
  16. 16. Action & Expression You will be able to encourage transfer of learning with these guidelines: ➔ Physical Action Interact with accessible materials and tools. ➔ Expression & Communication Compose and share ideas using tools that help attain learning goals. http://udlguidelines.cast.org/action-expression
  17. 17. Why multimodality for learning? Diverse Learners One size, style, or type of learning does not “fit” all. It puts the learning content into context for the learner regardless of their background or experience. Knowledge Construction Information acquisition is added to the learners memory and integrates multiple representations to improve learning outcomes. Engagement Learners become agents of their own meaning making by empowering them to be accountable and motivate by multiple ways to take in knowledge, skill, or concept. Reasons why learners appreciate a multimodal approach!

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