e-Learning as Participation in Meaning: Multimodal and Multiliteracies Perspectives

Educational technologies frequently have a back-to-the future aura. All too frequently, digital learning artifacts such as learning management systems, video lectures and classroom-style meetings replicate old patterns of participation in learning. This conference examines emerging patterns of participation in meaning in a new generation of learning management systems, with their potentials for collaborative and peer learning, multimodal representations of knowledge, and on-the-fly feedback in support of the learning process. Our main question will be, how can multimodal and multiliteracies perspectives help educators to optimize the affordances of e-learning environments and expand the scope participation in learning?