Multimodal profusion in the literacies of the Massive Open Online Course

  • Jeremy Knox Institute of Education, Community and Society, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  • Siân Bayne Institute of Education, Community and Society, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
Keywords: digital literacy, multimodal, socio-material, MOOC, enactment

Abstract

This paper takes a view of digital literacy, which moves beyond a focus on technical methods and skills in an attempt to maintain a broader approach that encompasses a critical view of the learning subject. In doing this, we consider socio-materialism and its relation to aspects of literacy theory. We anchor the discussion in a consideration of the ‘E-learning and Digital Cultures’ Coursera MOOC, which provided a tangible setting for theorising some of the practices of digital literacy differently. The profusion of multimodal artefacts produced in response to this course constituted a complex series of socio-material entanglements, in which human beings and technologies each played a constituent part. Two specific digital artefacts are analysed according to these terms. We conclude that socio-material multimodality constitutes a different way of thinking about digital literacy: not as representational practices, but rather as multifaceted and relational enactments of knowledge, specific to particular contexts and moments.

Keywords: digital literacy; multimodal; socio-material; MOOC; enactment

(Published: 31 January 2014)

Citation: Research in Learning Technology 2014, 21: 21422 - http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/rlt.v21.21422

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Published
2014-01-31
How to Cite
Knox, J., & Bayne, S. (2014). Multimodal profusion in the literacies of the Massive Open Online Course. Research in Learning Technology, 21. https://doi.org/10.3402/rlt.v21.21422
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Original Research Articles