A Multiliteracies Project:
Exploring New Learning in the Classroom

Implications for Education Policy and Practice

an endeavor of Education Policy Studies' 415:
Ethical & Policy Issues in Information Technologies
Dr. Nick Burbules, Professor
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  Kara Allison, Kristin Marciochi, Meghan Lake, Mitchell Peters
Kelly Sculles, Sean Walsh, Amy Warke

Project Introduction:

As technology, media and communication methods change, so does education and the means by which students learn.Multiliteracies have become increasingly prevalent in academics as a result.In a seminal work in Literacy Studies, the authors of the New London Group explore contemporary social change and its implications on individual’s capacity to participate in public, community, and economic life (New London Group, 1996). It is therefore valuable to understand the character of this fundamental shift which has taken place in society, one which has significant implications for the ways we communicate, educate, and participate in our daily lives.

Students are increasingly using varied learning approaches on a regular basis and, as a consequence, cannot rely solely on traditional text-based literacy.In order to get a more robust understanding of the power of these rich literacies, our team has explored several aspects of how multiliteracies are currently used and how they will shape the future.We encourage you to examine the pages, watch the videos and explore the benefits of multiliteracies in your own classroom today.