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"Between the Modes: Assessing Student New Media Compositions"

Written by Anne Herrington & Charlie Moran
February 28, 2011

Sorapure, Madeleine. “Between Modes: Assessing Student New Media Compositions.” Kairos 10(2).

In a Kairos
 webtext, Madeleine 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

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