Developing Best Practices: Responding to Multimodal and Visual Texts in Writing
As writing programs and writing centers address the changing trends in academic literacy curriculum in higher education, the repertoire of expertise that tutors and support staff need has expanded to include their ability to support print and digital texts, words and images, organization and design principles.
Toward these ends, programs and centers must become much more intentional--in their courses and tutor training curricula--about including best practices for responding to the multimodal and visual elements of student texts. This study explores the impact of tutor training materials meant to help peer tutors to learn to respond to multimodal texts, employing design principles and visual elements such as layout, color, typography, and image use. The research site of the study is the writing fellows program — graduate and undergraduate students who support ASU’s innovative Writers’ Studio.
Funding agency: Conference on College Composition and Communication
Date: 10/1/2014 - 9/30/2015