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MultiMAP: MultiModal Artefacts Pedagogy and Proliferation in Higher Education

Project: Research


The pedagogical and theoretical aims of the project are to explore:
1) the processes of creation and the role of multimodal artefacts in Education courses to support the pedagogical aims of analysis, critique and the development of multiple perspectives to concepts and knowledge building; Education students' response to multimodal pedagogy,
2) the affordances of multimodal artefacts in learning as distinct from language-based resources.
The “learning” here is formulated as conceptual development (Blunden, 2012), critical, Deleuzian rhyzomatically branched and pluralist forms of understanding and creating (Sousanis, 2015) towards a knowledge building community (Scardamalia and Bereiter, 2003).

Originality and research gap:
Little is known about the contribution of multimodal and semiotic principles to explore meaning making processes around multimodal artefacts (consisting of more than just language, but also pictures or sound) in Education studies and programmes (Lackovic, 2014). In particular, there are few studies exploring how the students’ experience of learning theories as a part of formal pedagogy in HE may be stimulated by engagement with multimodal artefacts. In spite of widely spread digital provisions in HEIs (e.g. online courses), the contribution of various pictorial/multimodal creative digital tools and designs to knowledge building is still an underdeveloped area (Selwyn, 2014) in Education studies, especially in the field of Higher Education and Teacher Education.
Effective start/end date15/06/1531/01/17
  • Lackovic, Natasa (Principal Investigator)
  • Knox, Jeremy (Co-Investigator)
  • Crook, Charles (Co-Investigator)

Research outputs