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Multimedia Literacy

This research guide will help you to get started on your multimedia project.

Assessment of Multimedia Projects

Lesson Plans

The Digital Writing and Research Lab (DWRL) at the University of Texas at Austin has a database of lesson plans created by DWRL instructors. 

Video Project Proposal Pitch

A Video Project Proposal Pitch is a way for students to articulate the general idea they have for their video. It can be submitted informally to their professor or discussed as a class. Example by Susan Simon, Dartmouth College.

Treatment Plan

A Treatment Plan is an outline of some of the major considerations that students should think about as they put together their video. Example by Susan Simon, Dartmouth College.

Video Journaling Template

This video journaling template, from the University of Illinois' Writing with Video course, serves as a useful outline for process-based writing about the video production process.

Audio Assignments

This handout on crafting audio assignments was assembled for Summer Faculty Institute 2017 for a session led by UD's Nancy Karibjanian and Nico Carver.

Digital Storytelling

This handout outlines the Seven Elements of Digital Storytelling, which were created by the StoryCenter, and can be used as a starting point when working with digital stories. The University of Houston has modified and expanded this to make them more applicable for academic purposes.

This digital storytelling handout provides a series of questions that help guide students in thinking about translating their written text into images and sound.

Grading Rubrics

Assessing multimedia projects may be a challenge to those who are not accustomed to these types of projects. Here are some resources and sample rubrics that you can modify to suit your needs.

Peer Feedback

The RISE model (Reflect, Inquire, Suggest, Elevate) may be helpful for peer-to-peer critiques and instructor-to-student feedback.

Release Forms

If your students are planning on filming people, it is important for them to get signed release forms. Here are sample release forms that they can use.

Multimedia Literacy Resources

  • Institute for Multimedia Literacy
    “Founded in 1998 by the University of Southern California’s Dean of the School of Cinematic Arts Elizabeth Daley in conversation with filmmaker George Lucas, the Institute for Multimedia Literacy is an organized research unit dedicated to developing educational programs and conducting research on the changing nature of literacy in a networked culture.”
  • New Media Consortium
    “The New Media Consortium (NMC) is an international not-for-profit consortium of learning-focused organizations dedicated to the exploration and use of new media and new technologies.”
    “EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology.”
  • Center for Media and Social Impact (CMSI) at American University's School of Communication
    The CMSI is an "innovation incubator and research center that creates, studies, and showcases media for social impact."
  • Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC)
    “HASTAC is a network of individuals and institutions inspired by the possibilities that new technologies offer us for shaping how we learn, teach, communicate, create, and organize our local and global communities.”
  • StoryCenter (formerly the Center for Digital Storytelling)
    "An international nonprofit training, project development, and research organization that assists youth and adults around the world in using digital media tools to craft and record meaningful stories from their lives and share these stories in ways that enable learning, build community, and inspire justice." The Digital Storytelling Cookbook offers seven steps of digital storytelling along with other helpful suggestions for creating digital narratives.
  • Digital Stories @ UMBC
    This resource from the University of Maryland Baltimore County provides helpful links to teaching resources related to digital storytelling.
  • DS 106
    Digital Storytelling 106 is an open, online course at the University of Mary Washington.
  • Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling @ University of Houston, College of Education
    This resource is a clearinghouse of information for educators, graduate students, and researchers who want to explore the educational uses of digital storytelling.

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