Multimodal Toolkit

Multimodal Scholarship at DFI

Instructional Media & Multimodal Approaches Across Spaces

What is Multimodal Scholarship?

Written text and spoken presentations are familiar forms for scholarly outputs. But written text is only one of many "modes" of communication! "Multimodal scholarship" recognizes the expanded nature of knowledge construction and refers to the use of multiple forms of communication and technologies to shape and support research, including methods of inquiry, data collection, and forms of analysis, representation, and dissemination.

At DFI, we provide various forms of support and resources necessary for students and faculty to realize multimodal scholarship projects.

Multimodal Toolkit

It can be challenging (and sometimes lonely!) to embark on a multimodal research project. The following resources were created by the DFI team and affiliates to help navigate the process of producing multimodal scholarship.

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Multimodal Publishing Database

Browse a compendium of research journals interested in multimodality in its various forms.

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Modes and Grammars

Working in, or evaluating multimodal research requires an understanding of the grammars that each mode uses. 

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Engaging and Citing Sources Multimodally

Learn how to treat sources multimodally, from the moment of selection to publication. 

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MASCLab Recent Publications

MASCLab is a hub for creating, curating, and supporting multimodal and digital scholarship at Teachers College, Columbia University that explores the relationship between media and social change. Browse their recent publications. 

MODES video series

Gallery Exhibit: MODES

MODES was an interactive exhibit in the DFI Gallery Space during the fall of 2023, that told the story of five TC-affiliates' multimodal dissertations. Browse the event media for reflections on the process of developing multimodal scholarship. 

Multimodal Scholarship Resources @ DFI

Check out these additional resources available at DFI for supporting multimodal research:

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