Digital Media and Composition

Department of English

The Digital Media and Composition (DMAC) Institute at The Ohio State University is an annual eight-day workshop (early to mid-May) designed to encourage instructors, researchers, and composers to consider the multimodal literacy practices and values that people are now bringing into contemporary writing classrooms. Participants will explore a range of contemporary digital literacy practices – alphabetic, visual, audio, and multimodal – and apply what they learn to the design of meaningful assignments, syllabi, curricula, and programs with the specific contexts of their home departments institutions and within their varied personal experiences. Workshops emphasize production in multimodal writing, curriculum development and assessment, and access and accessibility. Participants will engage in discussions and work with resources on action, activism, and social justice in digital contexts.

Learning Outcomes

In completing this endorsement, participants will:

  • Explore a range of contemporary digital literacy practices – alphabetic, visual, audio, and multimodal.
  • Apply what they learn through that exploration to the design of meaningful assignments, syllabi, curricula, and programs.
  • Engage in discussions about and gain an understanding of accessibility in digital texts and digital pedagogy.
  • Conceptualize a pedagogy with access and accessibility at its core.
  • Produce curricula in which students are asked to compose accessible multimodal texts. 
  • Produce accessible digital texts in a variety of modes and genres. 
  • Use data in a variety of forms to construct digital composing pedagogies and digital texts. 
  • Use and critically read digital production software programs and platforms. 
  • Work with and employ resources on action, activism, and social justice. 
  • Deploy technology skills critical to teaching and producing multimodal projects.
Participation Requirements

Completion of DMAC (Digital Media and Composition) Institute

Participants must apply to attend DMAC. Seats are limited. Tuition costs may be shared by participants’ home departments.

During DMAC, participants will work on four (4) institute assignments: Image, Audio, Video, and Showcase.

Participants will receive instruction in each assignment, including in the technologies used. Participants will create drafts of the Image, Audio, and Video Assignments. Then, they will propose how they would like to direct their attention in the second half of DMAC in a manner that serves their course redesign goals. They might, for example, focus effort on one of the assignments while creating/compiling instructional to accompany it; or they might create one assignment and compose a reflection that examines the decisions made, processes followed, and tactics used. DMAC ends with a public sharing of the Showcase (selected) assignment.

For more information, visit dmacinstitute.com

Required Hours
52-60
Timeline for Completion
8 days (during May of each year)