Chapter 7: Multimodality and Non-Traditional Texts

7.4 Additional Resources and Readings

Melanie Gagich

Being asked to compose a multimodal text can be daunting; however, below are some resources to help you get started.

Resources at CSU

The Digital Design Studio is located on the third floor of the Michael Schwartz Library.  It provides CSU students with access to software and digital tools and individualized project consultations.

  • Digital Design Studio Equipment. You can rent equipment such as digital cameras and camcorders and other photography and video equipment, microphones, maker equipment, VR headsets, and more.

The Digital Design Studio also offers the following guides to help you start, revise, and complete your multimodal projects:

  • A Multimodal Project Guide. This is a research guide that provides multiple resources to help you get started with your project.
  • A guide to understanding copyright. This guide helps you differentiate between copyright, public domain, and creative commons licenses to ensure that you are using appropriate resources in your multimodal text.
  • A guide to Finding Materials for your project. This guide provides links to places where you can find Creative Commons media such as images, text, music, and video.
  • A guide to understanding your digital identity and privacy. This guides offers useful information on managing and protecting your digital identity and privacy.

Videos, articles, and books

In Chapter 18 “Digital Composition and Multimodal Texts,” Jennifer Schaller and Tammy Wolf provide students with an overview of multimodal composing. They also provide thorough examples of how and when to integrate visuals (such as images, maps, graphics, diagrams, etc.) and audio (such as music and sound effects).

The book Writer/Designer: A Guide to Making Multimodal Projects by Cheryl E. Ball, Jennifer Sheppard, and Kristin L. Arola provides students with a step-by-step approach to creating a multimodal project beginning with the brainstorming phase and concluding with considerations about archiving your digital work. Check it out at the library.

For more information about multimodality, check out the six minute video created by Sean Tingle, a college writing instructor, by clicking the link below:


Sean Tingle. “What is Multimodality,” 12 Oct. 2017, Youtube.



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