Constructing meaning beyond words: Architecture, assessment and multimodality

Start: Apr 27, 2017 05:00 PM
End: Apr 27, 2017 06:30 PM

Location: UCL Knowledge Lab, 23-29 Emerald St, London WC1N 3QS


The Centre for Multimodal Research at the Institute of Education (IOE) invites you to this meeting of the Visual and Multimodal Research Forum for a presentation on the relationship between multimodality and assessment within an increasingly digital educational landscape.

Drawing on ongoing ethnographic work within an undergraduate architecture programme, James Lamb (University of Edinburgh) presents the argument that digital multimodal assessment in the humanities can be informed and supported by looking to strategies that are commonplace within the creative disciplines.

A greater attention to the process behind the produced assignment, opportunities for safe experimentation and ‘in-character feedback’ can be used to meet the challenges experienced when looking beyond ‘essayistic’ assessment approaches within digital environments.

The presentation should be seen against a backdrop of the proliferation of digital devices, learning spaces and pedagogies which combine to provoke questions about the nature of authorship and assessment, including greater opportunities for conveying meaning in richly multimodal ways.

About the speaker

James Lamb is an ESRC-funded PhD student in the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. He is a tutor on the Education and Digital Cultures and Assessment and Learning in Digital Education courses, both part of the MSc in Digital Education at Edinburgh University.

About the forum

The Visual and Multimodal Research Forum is a discussion platform led by doctoral researchers, at the Centre for Multimodal Research. It is free to attend and open to all researchers and students at UCL and other academic institutions.

Non-UCL attendees should please register in advance by emailing Sophia Diamantopoulou, the Forum Coordinator at


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