Whereas the focus of traditional literacy pedagogy has been the written word in its standard and literary forms, this courser expands the scope of literacy learning to encompass contemporary multimodal texts and the wide range of ways of making meaning that occur in different social and cultural contexts. Another course, “Literacy Teaching and Learning: Aims, Approaches and Pedagogies” addresses pedagogical aspects of literacies. This “Multimodal Literacies” learning module does not require or expect that participants will have already completed the “Literacy Teaching and Learning” module.
This course is designed for people interested in literacy teaching and learning, including people who may wish to join education as a profession, practicing teachers interested in exploring future directions for a vocation that is currently undergoing transformation, and community and workplace leaders who regard their mission to be in part “educative.”
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Take this Course for Credit at the University of Illinois
This course has the same content and anticipates the same level of contribution by students in the Assessment for Learning course offered to graduate certificate, masters, and doctoral level students in the Learning Design and Leadership Program in the College of Education at the University of Illinois.
Of course, in the nature of MOOCs many people will just want to view the videos and casually join some of the discussions. Some people say that these limited kinds of participation offer evidence that MOOCs suffer from low retention rates. Far from it – we say that any level of engagement is good engagement.
On the other hand, if you would like to take this course for credit at the University of Illinois, you will find more information about our program here:
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The Learning Design and Leadership Series of MOOCs
This course is one of a series of eight MOOCs created by Bill Cope and Mary Kalantzis for the Learning Design and Leadership program at the University of Illinois. If you find this MOOC helpful, please join us in others!
e-Learning Ecologies: Innovative Approaches to Teaching and Learning for the Digital Age
New Learning: Principles and Patterns of Pedagogy
Assessment for Learning
Learning, Knowledge, and Human Development
Ubiquitous Learning and Instructional Technologies
Negotiating Learner Differences: Towards Productive Diversity in Learning
Literacy Teaching and Learning: Aims, Approaches and Pedagogies
Multimodal Literacies: Communication and Learning in the Era of Digital Media