This is where we’ll talk about Susan Katz and Lee Odell, “Making the Implicit Explicit in Assessing Multimodal Composition: Continuing the Conversation.” (PDF) This is the introduction to their special issue of Technical Communication Quarterly that explored issues with assessment in multimedia and I think it speaks in part to where the field is now on multimedia. I think many have accepted the premise of Anderson’s argument, that multimedia projects have a place in writing classrooms. But a question remains on how to assess them beyond “I know what I like and what I don’t.”
Two other thoughts for now. First, this might be a special issue of TCQ that some of you might want to track down for your own projects since there are a number of articles here that speak to both the “teaching of writing” and “professional writing” side of the program. Second, keep the issues that Katz and Odell raise about the challenges of assessing multimedia projects in relation to the “Digital Artefact” project that is due this week for “E-Learning and Digital Cultures.” More on that in a different post.