Visit by Dr Maureen Walsh

This project comprised a spring conference, a speaker series, and a number of talks and workshops led by Dr. Maureen Walsh, a world leading researcher in multimodality.

Project Category:
Visits by world-leading researchers
Topic Area:
Multimodal Learning
Ministry Priority
(2011-2013):
Teaching and Learning
Project Lead(s):
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Brief Background:
This project comprised a spring conference, a speaker series, and a number of talks and workshops led by Dr. Maureen Walsh, a world leading researcher in multimodality.
Research Context:
There already exists a rich range of research that features how children navigate a range of media and modes in their meaning-making practices outside of school. However, there is a gap in literature on innovative ways of having multimodality inform classroom practice. Many uncertainties remain concerning the way students read digital, multimodal, screen-based texts (Bearne et al., 2007; Coiro et al., 2008; Gee, 2003; Kress, 2003). As yet a theory of reading and associated pedagogies for teaching 21st century texts has not been developed. As a result, we came together to work on a SSHRC Insight Development Grant (which was successful) to investigate shifts in epistemologies when individuals read touch technology devices.
Knowledge Mobilization Activities:
Dr. Walsh shared key findings in the field of multiliteracies and multimodality since 2000. She engaged in: (1) a one day conference at Brock University ; (2) a talk at the University of Toronto ; (3) a seminar on multimodal learning at Western University ; (4) radio and newspaper interviews ; (5) discussions with key stakeholders about ways of applying her research in practice and policy and work with teachers on assessment strategies; and (5) producing short movies and podcasts with Dr. Rowsell on key findings from Dr. Walsh’s longitudinal study in Australia. In addition, this project will initiate and follow up with new local, national, and international multiliteracy partnerships .
Outcomes:
This project allows graduate students, scholars, teachers, and policy makers who work in literacy education to explore and consider key findings in multiliteracies and multimodality research since 2000 as well as develop new research partnerships.