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Professional Development

Multimodal Design

Multimodal Design Badge

This microcredential prepares educators to incorporate more complex pedagogical designs for equity and inclusion.


Critical practices for multimodalities offer pedagogical strategies for realizing interdisciplinary academic objectives related to critical consciousness and digital composition. Indeed, the module is theoretically informed by Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and Universal Design for Learning to humanize all students.

Educators must construct a plan for incorporating more complex stories when defining others into your everyday teaching practices to support equity and inclusion.

Essential Question

In what ways do “single stories” impact our own identities, and determine how we socially construct narratives around others?


  • Synthesize that that it is common human behavior to group people we encounter across difference into categories, however, sometimes these categories become “”single stories”” that provide an incomplete and simplistic understanding of the identities of others.
  • Develop a working definition of “”otherness”” and recognize how single stories cal to lead to rendering others invisible.
  • Assess the use of the “”multiple stories”” in a teaching situation.



Focuses on the concrete and material situations by incorporating advocacy and action as an outcome. Recognizes and affirms the assets of cultural beings, and approaches teaching and learning as a historical and intersectional activity. May experience major discomfort and strives to work with productive tensions.


Equitable Practices and Systems

Leading learning and knowledge sharing is mediated through equitable and inclusive dispositions and decision-making processes that promote the success of disenfranchised learners and communities.

Deep and Transformational Learning

The promotion of academic success and transformational ends through a rigorous and integrated process that honors learners and communities as cultural entities and works to change the world to be a more equitable and inclusive place.

Multiple Ways of Knowing and Doing

The knowledge and wisdom of the students, families, and communities are centered in content and materials to promote equitable and inclusive learning experiences.

Intentional Use of Technology

Technology is used in a purposeful manner that is informed by context and is oriented towards building equitable and inclusive learning environments.


Social Justice

Identity 2 - Students will develop language and historical and cultural knowledge that affirm and accurately describe their membership in multiple identity groups.
Justice 13 - Students will analyze the harmful impact of bias and injustice on the world, historically and today.
Action 17 - Students will recognize their own responsibility to stand up to exclusion, prejudice and injustice.


Empowered Learner 1c - Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
Digital Citizen 2a - Students cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world.

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