The Multimodality of Education in the Online Platform

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The Multimodality of Education in the Online Platform

Written by Jimmy, Tutor For Greatness for Enhanced Prep

In many classrooms around the country, students come to school with diverse

language abilities, varied cultural identities, and multiple perspectives. Considering

the vast variability in today’s learners’ backgrounds, it should not be surprising that

they display a preference in learning strategies that is just as diverse. Some students

may be visually oriented, while others enjoy learning through kinesthetic

application, and some students may learn best through auditory methods. The

growing influence of multimedia and technology has caused a shift in what

constitutes learning materials in the world of education today.


Students in physical classrooms are asked to read a wide variety of texts that are

often accompanied by visuals. Therefore, we can consider the texts to be

multimodal. A multimodal text is one in which different modes of teaching are

integrated in order to form a composite whole. This composite whole serves to help

reach and teach a wider range of learning preferences within our students.

It is safe to say that the more students engage with multimodal texts and materials,

the more they learn and the number of students learning also increases. Using

pedagogy of multimodality affords the learner a deeper comprehension of the

subject matter through a variety of materials. Many educators agree that teaching

using a multimodal strategy allows students to engage in a learning process that

promotes a deeper understanding, ultimately deriving meaning from their subject



Working in the field of technology-based education, there is a deeper emphasis on

multimodal teaching. As we are not in the classrooms, we must find ways to fully

engage with our students. The vast array of resources online and their use is the

next level of engagement, learning, and making meaning. Using all of the tools at

hand, we are able to engage our students through reading, pictures, video, direct

lecturing, and a Socratic method of self-discovery through guided exploration. As a

result, the use of technology expands the ability of students to make meaning, as

well as engage with more opportunities and leaning methods.


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