Contending with Terms: “Multimodal” and “Multimedia” in the Academic and Public Spheres

  title={Contending with Terms: “Multimodal” and “Multimedia” in the Academic and Public Spheres},
  author={Claire Lauer},
  journal={Computers and Composition},
  • C. Lauer
  • Published 1 December 2009
  • Sociology
  • Computers and Composition
Scholars have begun naming and defining terms that describe the multifaceted kinds of composing practices occurring in their classrooms and scholarship. This paper analyzes the terms “multimedia” and “multimodal,” examining how each term has been defined and presenting examples of documents, surveys, web sites and others to show when and how each term is used in both academic and non-academic/industry contexts. This paper shows that rather than the use of these terms being driven by any… Expand

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