Digital Multimodal Composing Resources

This blog post is primarily intended to help my students find resources for creating digital compositions—texts made up of some combination of visual images, audio, video, and so forth. But I post it to this blog in the hopes that it’s useful for other instructors and students as well.

Tech Help, Campus Resources

  • The Student Technology Resources Center (STRC) at Langsam Library. They provide instructional technology resources and services to assist students who require specific software or equipment to complete course assignments
  • Login to, a a UC–licensed online video-training library that has more than 1,400 online tutorials for software and more.
  • Don’t forget the magical powers of YouTube for troubleshooting tech problems!
  • Access to tech equipment:
    • Here is information on (and a list of) multimedia equiptment you can borrow from Langsam.
    • Campus computer labs equipped with Macintoshes have Audacity, Adobe Photoshop, and more.
  • Don’t forget that we’re still engaging in acts of composing, in this class—I encourage you to seek out feedback from tutors at the Writing Center, when composing and revising your projects.

Editing Software, Programs, Tutorials

Storyboarding, Comics, etc.

  • StoryboardThat (storyboard creator)
  • Scapple (a good brainstorming tool)
  • Pixton (comics creator that allows for a lot of customization and artistry)
  • Make Belief Comix (you may appreciate the resources for teachers, as well as the simplicity of the strips)
  • Stripgenerator (comics creator—not a lot of customization options, but frames can be adjusted and characters can be saved to a personal library for later use in other strips)

Sound Editing, Resources

Some places to find free, legal sound:

What is a sound editor? According to the Audacity manual:

Sound editors clean up dialogue tracks, cut layers of special effects, place sounds at certain times, create ambiance tracks by cutting out unwanted stuff and mixing in interesting or necessary sounds. Music production engineers may cut pieces of vocals away or shift them to a another spot in a song.

Editing is about cutting, placing, fading, cross-fading, shifting, duplicating and adjusting the volume (also referred to as level) of audio material. Mixing is a form of editing too of course.

Interested in submitting a narrative to the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives (DALN)?



Below are resources for shooting video:

Below are resources for finding and saving video:

Video editing resources:


Slightly different from copyright, but here is a resource on attribution best practices for creative commons sources.

  • A Fair(y) Use Tale:” Eric Faden’ impressive mashup video explains copyright law and fair use through Disney movie clips.
  • Tons of resources for understanding copyright law
  • The Electronic Frontier Foundation is an advocacy group—helpful for keeping up with copyright news. Also has useful press releases.


(see also accessibility resources below)

Building a site:


Archives, Curation

More Teaching Resources

Other Software Programs

  • HootSuite or TweetDeck (Twitter apps. Why? Enhanced usability, particularly for mobile users, who may only be able to see “top tweets” on a hashtag stream).
  •, Google URL shortenerTiny URL (things to make your links small in tweets)
  • VLC media player (a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols.)

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