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Between Modes: Assessing New Media Compositions

Written by Anne Herrington & Charlie Moran
October 27, 2010

In a Kairos webtext, Madeline Sorapure suggests that in the assessment of multimodal projects we focus on “how students design relations between modes.” Her criterion: “productive tension between modes.” She uses metaphor and metonymy as headings for the two “relations between modes” that she discovers: “metaphor exploits similarity and substitution, while metonymy exploits contiguity and association.”

To illustrate her assessment strategies, she presents the multimodal projects of seven students and leads us through her assessment of each of these projects. 



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