Exploring Multimodal Writing Pedagogies

This purpose of this session is to explore some of the core tenets of Jason Palmieri's (2012), Remixing Composition: A History of Multimodal Writing Pedagogy.

The topics from the text that will be covered include:

  1. “Alphabetic writing is a profoundly multimodal process” (Palmieri, 2012, p. 44). 
  2. “Recogniz[ing] the limitations of alphabetic text as a modality” (Palmieri, 2012, p. 46).
  3. “Learning about writing through studying and practicing other arts” (Palmieri, 2012, p.46).

Within these broader topics we will discuss the importance of using multimodal activities across subject areas. We will consider how multimodal approaches to writing can empower students and act as a tool for social change. Futher, we will examine how to create assignments that incorporate multimodal texts and we will practice creating our own multimodal digital compositions. By session completion, attendees should have gained a foundational understanding of Palmieri's text and should be able to incorporate various types of multimodal literacies in their own classrooms.


Palmieri, J. (2012). Remixing composition: A history of multimodal writing pedagogy. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press.

Session Speaker(s)

Session Time and Location

1:40pm to 2:10pm
Oakwood A

Session Track

Teaching and Learning