Pursuing the Definition of Inquiry


Inquiry: The process of obtaining knowledge through a question(s)and/or observation(s) that is relevant to the discourse.

  • Does this definition include that inquiry fills in the holes of missing knowledge?
  • Is there a distinct difference in this definition to the definition of research?
  • Does this definition clearly state the questions and observations don’t necessarily have to be verbalized?

In geology, my current major, we use inquiry almost all the time. We are constantly having to judge what others have said about a subject, and retest it. We also having to come up with theories of what we believe to be true, and back those theories up with facts. Therefore, geologist are always inquiring about certain subjects/problems, and are also having to try and fill holes of missing knowledge!







Multimodal Examples on Campus


Here we see Fort Lewis shooting a video on why students should come to the Fort, and what the benefits are! In this picture there are many multimodal examples, and they are using these modes as tools to help convince students to come here!

Gestural- In this clip they have students moving around, and their movements are predetermined and precise movements. They do this in order to emphasize points they want to make, and to also make everything more appealing to the viewers eye

Aural- is another distinctive mode that we see in this example. Its is being used by having the speakers within the clip speak in a certain tone, and then to also change and emphasize that tone in order to make certain parts of information stick out. This helps to get the viewer to focus on what it is you want them to focus on.

Linguistic- This mode is used in this clip because the author/director had to be very careful on the word choice. Often times for videos like these they are working on time limitations, and therefore can’t spend too much time describing one thing if they want to get everything in the clip. This causes them to come up with word choice that helps them summarize the information they want to be delivered, all while doing it in an effective way.

Another great example of the modes we are learning about in class, and how they are used in combination of one another to maximize the effectiveness. Thanks for reading!



Multimodal Examples on Campus


Bulletin Boards!

I’m sure we all know that these are very useful to get information about various events, but have you ever took a moment to step back and realize what technique these boards are using to deliver information to you? If your like me, I am guessing that your answer was no. So lets change that!

Bulletin boards use various multimodal elements! I will now describe what modes are being used, why I believe that particular mode is being used, and why.

LINGUISTIC- This bulletin board is covered with examples of linguistic mode! Whoever made the ad/paper had limited space to use, and therefore had to be very precise about his/her word choice in order to get all the required information on there.

VISUAL- The authors also commonly use pictures on their ad/paper in order to draw the viewers eye, and to also help describe what it is they are trying to deliver.

SPACIAL- The authors also used this mode by how they arranged their ads/papers, and also by how the bulletin board was organized. The board is organized so that none of the papers overlap, and also so that the viewer is able to read all of them. The individual ad/paper is organized in a way that the reader can read quickly and get the main idea right away.

All of these modes combined with one another to make the board successful. Even if one mode was missing, it could be argued that the bulletin board wouldn’t be near as effective as it is will all the modes.

Also, bulletin boards can vary in size, and also how they are organized.


Display Case!

Here we see a display case that uses the same modes as the bulletin board, but is slightly different. Here most of the ads/papers follow a common theme. This helps the reader to hop around and read whatever information the think they need, all while being readily available to a vast amount of information on the subject. The display case also provides pictures and additional information at the bottom of the case. The modes I believe that are being used to make this case effective are provided below:

  • Linguistic
  • Spatial
  • Visual

SO What Book

In this book I found it very interesting that the authors brought up the point that, although we are very different readers than our grandparents, we may even be better readers then them because of all the reading we do on a daily basis. Think about it, how many texts, Facebook posts, or tweets do you read daily. We are also almost constantly researching things off Google and skimming through the mass amount of information to find what we want. On the flip side of that, some rhetors, such as Nicholas Carr, who believes that since we are so use to just skimming over information to find what we are looking for, we have become almost incapable of serious critical thinking. I think this would be a great subject to Look into and research further. I also believe that this is something an author/scholar could test and experiment on his one. One of the ways to do this would be to survey a large amount of college students and see how much time they spend on Google daily.


So What Book

The “So What” book has many great elements and techniques that go into writing a great paper, some I have already used in my own writing career, and some were completely new. These techniques are a great foundation to build off of when writing any paper.Raft-slab


Here is some important parts of the book that I can remember off the top of my head:

  • Start early! This way you can have lots of qualitative research.
  • You shouldn’t have a thesis before you start, you find a thesis after discovering problems within your subject that previous author haven’t talked about, or just touched the surface on.
  • Complete research that isn’t just straight off the internet, do some experimentation of your own.
  • Be well aware of who your audience is, and also what their knowledge on the subject you are writing about.
  • You are arguing your point, in just about any type of paper.
  • Make sure that you have linkage between different ideas and the support of these ideas.

Be aware that you might not have completed all the research that is necessary to come to a solution on your problem, also let the audience know that more research might need to be completed. This will help your credibility.

Well that is definitely just a scratch off the surface of everything this book talked about, and is also just what I perceived to be important. It may be entirely different for you, That is why it is important you read all of the book for yourself 🙂





Your “toolbox” should now be filled with many types of modes, and you should be well aware of how to use these modes. Not only should you know how to use them, but you should know how to use them in combination with one another!

What I learned in writer/ designer chapter 1- Post #2

I learned that the use of modes are very situational. Linguistic is used mostly in speeches and has to due with the delivery of the spoken or written text, and the word choice that is used. The book gives the example of how Carl-Henric Svanberg, chairman of the global oil company BP, referred to the people that were affected by the oil spill as “small people”. He needs to work on his Linguistic modes skills! Visual mode is used to draw the readers eye, and is done through the layout, color, style, and size of the information being given. The visual mode plays a big role in how users read and understand the information being given. Next, we have Aural, and this focuses on sound, and is used to give the user a desired emotion. Then comes the spatial mode, this mode can be found all around us, but the best example would be a brochure. That is because the spatial mode focuses on the order in which the user reads the information, this is done through arrangement, organization, and proximity between people or objects. Lastly, we have gestural mode, and this mode focuses primarily on body language. With this mode you can be saying one thing, but the way you say it, or the body language you are giving off can give a completely different message to the audience from what you intended. We see this the most in speeches, or even from news reporters.

What I learned inwriter/designer chapter 1- Post #1

In this chapter I learned that there are five modes, “multimodality”, that assist in communication. Theses modes are: Linguistic, Visual, Aural, Gestural, and Spatial. I was very surprised while reading this chapter because it dawned on me that I had been using these modes for most of my life, and without even realizing it. As the chapter explains, these modes are tool and can be used together, in combination with one another, or for situations that the modes wasn’t really meant for. Such as, when you use a screw driver to open a paint can, the screw diver wasn’t made for that purpose, but it is the best tool for that situation and no other tools are needed to complete that task.