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Research Project on Multimodal Pedagogies for Critical Citizenship

About this project

Our research examines how academics are incorporating new multimodal forms of discourses and practices into their teaching and learning. Such initiatives can open up new possibilities for implementing socially just pedagogies which are important in our current higher education context.

This study seeks to identify areas of exemplary practice with multimodal literacies which currently exist at UWC , so as to better understand how to transfer and implement these practices for other educators who also wish to use them in their practice.  Our approach is to emphasise the importance of recognising discipline-specific understandings of critical literacies,  even as we help facilitate exploration of trans- and cross-disciplinary practices.

Our activities include reviewing the literature on multimodal literacies in higher education. We will also interview theorists and lecturer-practitioners from regional, national and international higher education institutions (HEIs). Current activities include a reading group,  a colloquium and an on-going seminar series.

The main focus of this study is twofold:

  • to better understand how multimodal literacies can be used pedagogically to develop students as critical citizens and to enable them to participate in various domains of knowledge as co-creators.
  • to develop a plan for enhancing teaching through incorporating multimodal pedagogies. This will require transforming institutional processes and arrangements such as assessment policies and practices and conducive spaces in order to implement and value multimodal literacies.