50+ ways to tell a Web 2.0 story

Date February 28, 2008

Earlier today I had a meeting at MCC about a multimodal English 101 course I am developing, and we’re building this course specifically in Web 2.0. This is a Freshman Composition course… not necessarily a writing course. It doesn’t say it’s a writing course, and even though we will write in the class, it’s more like Michael Wesch said when students may write 10-20 pages of formal writing for a class, but while taking that class the students may write 500 pages of email alone. Composing artifacts for a course does not denote formalized printed, styled papers waiting for copious red marks. Tonight in my meeting I shared Alan Levine’s 50+ Ways to Tell a Web 2.0 Story which is a list of Web 2.0 tools that a user can use to tell the same story over and over again with different tools and from different perspectives. When we talk about multimodality, this is a large part of that. Now with any move towards new technology, you need to convince the paper and pencil people, so a written analysis that details the rhetoric utilized will be submitted, but what will that look like? During a pilot session, I think it will look more like a paper, but later who knows…