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Last Updated: Nov 16, 2022 10:10 AM

dark blue word art reading "Making a Multimodal Project"

What does 'multimodal' mean? It means that you're taking something in a written format, like your annotated bibliography or your research paper, and turning it into a different mode, like a video, an infographic, a podcast, Powerpoint slides, etc. There are many options for the mode you decide to use, and this guide will offer some examples and guidelines to keep in mind!

dark blue word art reading "finding connections"

When looking at your bibliography, you want to look at the conversation that's being had between them. Maybe you found a source because it was cited by another source, or someone was mentioned in an article, and you found something written by them. There are connections in your sources because they are all dealing with the same topic. It may not be as easy as being cited by each other, it may be that they approach an area of your topic in a similar way, and you can find commonalities. As you think about the sources you have, try to identify the conversation; try to find the connections. 

Remember that when you use audio and visual elements for your multimodal projects, those require citations too! If you're looking for images to add to slides or Infographics, or music for a podcast, etc, it's helpful also to know where to look. Visit the guide for Finding and Citing Images for more information.

Some sites to look for open source and creative commons images:

dark blue word art reading "concept mapping"

Concept mapping is a helpful tool in synthesizing the information you've found in your research. Concept maps may be mind maps, webs, or timelines. Consider creating a concept map to see the connections between your sources before selecting the type of multimodal project you want to create.

Tools for Concept Mapping:

There are many more out there - these are just three! You may have to sign up for an account, but you do NOT have to pay to use these tools.

This is a brief example of a concept map, bringing together main points under a heading, with the supporting articles branching out. This would help to model the podcast, video, slides, or infographic outline, by seeing how things connect to each other. Maybe the Law Journal articles cite each other. Maybe the NY Times article mentions something in the TEDTalk. There is a conversation happening, and a concept map can help demonstrate that.

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