In autumn 2011 I was asked to create a video for the 'Manifesto for teaching online', which grew out of a research project at Edinburgh University exploring 'Student writing: innovative online strategies for assessment and feedback'.
Two years later, I was invited to talk about the video as part a course for tutors at the Edinburgh University who are involved or interested in online education. Prompted to revisit the video, I saw opportunities for improvement that hadn't been apparent when I created the original. Influenced and informed by my own research into multimodality, I wanted to take a more critical approach to the representation of ideas within the video.
My original attempt had intended to reflect the range of digital communicational tools and environments that online students can exploit and explore. I also wanted to make a point about the power of fauxtography in digital space. Within this new version however I've attempted to take a more rhetorical approach, where the images help to further the arguments proposed within the different Manifesto statements. I've also created a new soundtrack that it is intended to work more effectively alongside the images and words.
I think that this new orchestration of communicational modes better represents the Manifesto (or at least, my interpretation of it).