The Conflict


In our educational setting we have multiple  groups, or should i say audiences, which interact with one another. One thing that differs from all these groups are their values and how they prioritize them. Examples of these groups are:

  • The Administration which value the quantification of learning.
  • The Scholars which value family, sleep, friends, and education.
  • The Program Area which values engagement.
  • The Professor which values personal responsibility and self-assessment.

All these audiences collide in either one way or another. Either it being the Scholars with the Professor, or the Administration with the Scholar, there is one thing that stands out. And that is our. . .


Our education system
Our educational  Our education system

During our COMP 250 class, the scholarly Anna Chambers brought up a great point on how there are different options for testing which are available to those who have learning disabilities. This point sparked another idea in my mind which brought me to the picture above. Our educational system has a bizarre way of testing knowledge.  Im pretty sure we all know those kids who are incredibly  intelligent , but can’t display it on a paper exam and end up not obtaining the grade they deserve. I believe that our education system should be encouraged to have more alternatives for testing knowledge. Our COMP 250 class is a perfect example of what I’m trying to get at. This class gives everyone a chance to show off their intelligence on something that isn’t just on paper or isn’t based off a set of numbers. Teachers/professors shouldn’t be encouraged to fail students.

Significant Learning


Many people enjoy learning new things and having new experiences. Even though we have such people, we also have a small percentage of people who don’t necessarily hate learning itself, but despise the classroom setting which they are in.

Perfect example

After reading the WHAT IS “SIGNIFICANT LEARNING”? taxonomy I came to the understanding that students don’t hate learning. They simply hate the way they are being taught. The standard Cognitive taxonomy created by Benjamin Bloom was the framing for most classroom learning. This consists of 6 kinds of hierarchal learning:

  • Evaluation
  • Synthesis
  • Analysis
  • Application
  • Comprehension
  • Knowledge

These types of learning are great, but they don’t help teach more important kinds of learning which we currently are being introduced to (leadership, etc.). I believe that is is why many students dislike learning. We are teaching them things that are becoming less connected with the time we currently live in.

My stylish notes


COMP 250 9/22/14

  • Pay attention to fundamentals.
  • Sweat the details. Pay attention to form and connections of discipline you’re in.
  • there are convections that the discourse community have agreed upon.
  • “all of these convections are social agreements”-Bill
  • “quit fighting against the rools(rules) of the game you want to play”-Bill
  • “you don’t have to play the game. playing the game is your choice, but if you do choose to play the game, you have to embrace the convections of that particular community.
  • “as you move up, you are given authority”- Bill
  • Then you are afforded the task of challenging convections
  • “all disciplines advance by being challenged”-Bill
  • *heard Jordan problematize bills usage of the word convections
  • “Rules vs. skills”-Jordan

Back of Page

  • unspoken agreements .
  • pushing for specific examples. (think of anology)
  • Danny wants to be a surgeon.
  • as scholars, continually rephrase.
  • surgeons want newer techniques.
  • “Following rules”
  • *Think of yourself as a professional*
  • “are all conventions social?”
  • no rules for homeschooling, you could opt. out.
  • in the field of writing, we all have personal styles.
  • we decide finally that we are not going to be a part of society.
  • Bill appreciates how adalyn has challenged him about the questioning of social conventions.
  • questions are appropriate to the discipline.
  • exigence- whats the current need of the situation.
  • currently aware of the circumstances/situation.

Next Page

  • “can’t change the convection until you’ve mastered it, but you can question it on  the way there”
  • Cody read lone survivor.
  • “we think by internalizing a variety of voices”- Bill
  • a really good research paper allows you to take all of these voices in your head and put them on paper.
  • “these kinds of conversations improve writing”-Bill
  • what has happened in our culture, is that we disconnect writing from speaking.
  • *assignment for Wednesday *
  • Will give time/task
  • spend 1 hour 15 minutes. type notes on your blog. Just as bullet points.
  • left over time, look at those notes and craft an essay, use two or more modes.
  • essay on blog.


In our culture these days, we have disconnected writing from speaking. When teachers or professors are speaking we are taught to  take pens off paper and to look at them out of respect. This helps maintain more of a personal communication status, but it inhibits on the collection of data.  When I began taking notes in my COMP 250 class, I was overwhelmed due to the fact that I was taught to look at the professor when he/she is talking. If you take a look at my notes, you will see some misspelled words due to my writing falling behind my processing of the data (discussion) I am recording.

Unspoken Words


These days we are surrounded by many things. One thing that we constantly see is Multimodal communication. These are things which provide a message with the combination of the 5 modes we learned about:

  • Linguistic
  • Aural
  • Spatial
  • Visual
  • Gestural
Warning signs


This would be a common everyday example we see. Signs warning of danger are really effective due to their use of Multimodal Communication.  All the modes used in this are:

  • Linguistic  would be seen as the text which obviously states danger.
  • Visual would be the colors, the symbols, and the font of the letters. Notice how “CAUTION” is a bigger font. This is used to first get attention.
  • Spatial is then used as the spacing between the words and the symbols.

The combination of all these modes helps portray a sense of danger. The colors,  text and symbols all contribute to the overall message. I believe that if there was to be a white piece of paper with these exact words, it would not be as affective.

Other things we see would be advertisements!

One motivational poster/advertisement in the Student Life Center
Another motivational poster/ad in the student life center.


Ads are everywhere. Seriously. Have you ever been on Pandora? Exactly.  When advertisements are created, they are meant to look how they look for a reason. Ad creators take the 5 modes into serious consideration. They want a product that everyone will love/ relate to.

  • Visual is used in these ads to relate the audience to the action on hand. To me it speaks, “Cliff Bars are for the determined.” Another visual aspect is how the poster is presented. It’s not just tacked up, it is framed which shows value. These visuals attract you and then the next modes suck you in further.
  • Linguistic is used yet again. “Sacrifice belongs in your workout” are seen as motivational words that not only tie in with the Visual aspect, but also affect the reader.
  • Spatial is seen as the organization of the work. This aspect also plays a drastic part in the poster. Instead of having the text cover the main focus(the picture), it is set aside where it adds towards the overall message.

Multimodal Communication is something we cannot avoid because it is simply everywhere. In either pictures, texts or structures Multimodalality provides a message with the strategic use of the 5 modes.


Google… “The Future of Education”


By now we should all know what Google is. If you don’t, Google it.  IMG_1339


Even though Google has in fact become a distraction to some extent, and by distractions I mean all the random things on the internet, it has helped us gain a deeper understanding on some topics at hand.

Google has allowed us to: 

  • Quickly obtain information at a faster rate.
  • Get directions.
  • Explore the world.

While reading So What? The writers argument by Kurt Schick and Laura Schubert; One thing caught my eye. This happened to be a statement about Google and how it acts as sort of a distraction while reading.  Although I agree with Google contributing towards some distractions, I also believe that Google has assisted people in understanding things beyond their own proper knowledge.  For example,  on page 56 it specifically talks about how expert scholars use concepts and words in their articles that would be too far complex for regular scholars. Without Google you would be obtain the knowledge required to understand the topic by experience. Google has made it available so that everyone has a way of researching concepts or words which they don’t fully understand.


The good, the bad, and the Multimodal


In the world we live in today, the means of multimodal communications are forever expanding with the new advancements in technology. These days we have:

  • Newspapers
  • Articles
  • Magazines

All these things have benefited mankind one way or another, but since the invention of the internet, multimodal communication has intensly evolved. Have we gone too far?


Let that settle in for a bit… Still not convinced? how about this one.



Believe it or not, these are multimodal texts that are within the internet.  Multimodal texts are great for communication, but sometimes you’ll just sit there and say to yourself “WTF.” The internet is a great resource, but you will eventually reach the uncharted depths of this vast sea.



Text Messages


Multimodal communication is seen in everything these days. One common example I began to think about could be text messages.  The way your cellphone is set up is a huge use of multimodal communication.  The layout, the words, the colors, and even the sounds made when you receive a text play a huge role. The combination of all these modes is what leads to the actual overall communication.  I firmly believe that texts nowadays are more affective in conveying a message than they use to be due to the use of the 5 modes.

What Are Multimodal Projects?


The first chapter of the book Writer/Designer was full of multiple modes to use in order to create an overall piece of communication. The five modes are Linguistic, Visual, Aural, Gestural and Spatial. Even this blog post includes at least three of the methods that will help me communicate on a greater scale. Linguistic is my text, the visual aspect is the layout/color of my blog, and lastly the spatial is the order in which my blog posts progress.

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