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Multiliteracies for Collaborative Learning Environments
Course Content: 7 Event Cycles
|Sunday, October 10, 2004, 13:00-14:30 GMT - Start at Tapped In:
http://www.tappedin.org. We can discuss
issues in the course and branch into audio / video as when ready and as
appropriate. Wrap up: reflection and resolution of the foregoing
Here are the
questions that were put to the group
and the number of
responses each had generated by October 9, 2004
What is Multiliteracy in Collaborative Learning
So what do you think multiliteracy is (as it might relate to
collaborative learning environments)? You might want to start with your
definition of the term, and we'll take it from there ...
- What is multiliteracy? (51 msgs)
Let's try to arrive at a
definition (like trying to define 'blended' learning) ...
- How do you think multiliteracy might apply to collaborative learning
environments? (55 msgs)
We'll get some seeds of thought going here and
then nurture them with perspective from readings and other media ...
Theoretical framework for multiliteracies
We'll examine some of
the theoretical issues in multiliteracies
- What learning theories do you feel are most compatible with your
conception of multiliteracies? (2 msgs)
What are some differences between
constructionist and constructivist viewpoints? Which do you think are most
compatible with multilteracy frameworks? (18 msgs - 0 unread)
- What have you found out about the contribution of the New London
Group to the concept of multiliteracies? (8 msgs)
Types of multiliteracies
- What kinds of multiliteracies are there? (5 msgs)
narrows it down to functional, critical, and rhetorical. But is this a
comprehensive list? Are there other kinds of literacies?
- What is functional literacy? (6 msgs)
To Selber this is the
literacy associated with doing things with technology; what you need to know to
make it work and discuss what you are doing with others. Anything else?
- What is critical literacy? (0 msgs)
To Selber this is the
literacy associated with evaluating and critiquing the various impacts and
implications of use of technology, and of course, discussing this with others.
- What is rhetorical literacy? (2 msgs)
To Selber this is the
literacy associated with communicating through digital media. Anything else?
a consideration of the functional aspect of
- The Tool Metaphor (1 msgs)
In considering Selber's assigning
both positive and negative ramifications of the tool metaphor on educational
settings, how do you think this metaphor applies in your own context?
- Parameters of Functional Literacy (1 msgs)
Refering to the book
or our synopsis in the syllabus, comment on any of the 5 parameters of
functional literacy introduced by Selber. What do they mean? How do they apply
In which we discuss the meaning and
ramifications of the rhetorical aspects of multiliteracy
- Production vs. connection paradigm (0 msgs)
reflections on Selber's chapter on Rhetorical Literacy, it strikes me that by
setting forums and discussion topics in D2L we encourage the production
paradigm. Does your experience in these discussions suggest ways that
production can be channeled into connection or communication?
Doris in Maracaibo is organizing a blended
experience at her university. Sessions we'll start September 17 and finish
on December 04. She says, "There are going to be 13 sessions working with
the contents and some other on line encounters. We are getting a certificate by
Annenberg/CPB and another by our university here in Venezuela. We'll be getting
together on fridays from 3:00 till 5:30. In Venezuela we're -4
GMT. We're planning to have one hour and a half working in groups
discussing readings and working with a video, after than we'll have one hour on
line disscussion with participants on line. We're going to work in groups and
since some webheads are participating. I'm going to appoint a leader for each
group ... if there is someone else who would like to join us, you're welcome,
just let me know. ... We'll be using YM, Tapped in and The English Workshop
to post our messages and keep in touch. "
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