The Multimodal Millennium: The Future of Digital Publishing

April 25, 2016

Amanda Licastro

Amanda Licastro

Amanda Licastro, Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric at Stevenson University in Maryland, will discuss the evolving landscape of digital publishing from the perspective of an editor and author of online, interactive, academic texts, as part of the UVA Scholars' Lab Speaker Series. Her presentation, “The Multimodal Millennium: The Future of Digital Publishing,” will showcase digital scholarship across multiple mediums, in order to highlight innovations in interactive media (from The New York Times and Kairos), peer review (from Hybrid Pedagogy, The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, and the Modern Language Association), and collaborative models of authorship (from The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, Kairos, and student work). She will also look at practical advice and examples of effective approaches to digital writing pedagogy, particularly concerning sample tools used to create, evaluate, and interact with webtexts.

The presentation will be given on Friday, April 29, at 2pm in Alderman 421. Audience members are encouraged to bring and use their smart phones or tablet devices for an interactive element of the presentation.

Prof. Licastro’s fields of research include digital humanities, composition and rhetoric, textual studies, and interactive technology and pedagogy. Recent publications include a co-authored chapter on “Collaboration” in Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models, and Experiments; an article in the 20th anniversary edition of Kairos, “The Roots of an Academic Genealogy: Composing the Writing Studies Tree” with Ben Miller and Jill Belli; as well as her dissertation research investigating multimodal writing practices in open, online course environments. She is also on the Editorial Collective of The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, and will be teaching a course at the Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching Institute (HILT) this summer on “Digital Pedagogy and Networked Learning.”