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Today We’re Going to Watch a Movie In Class

posted: 4.2.12 by archived

When I was in high school and elementary school, one of the best sentences you could hear coming out of a teacher’s mouth was “Today we’re going to watch a movie in class.” Nowadays, I very rarely use film in my own classes, but I do try to assign writing projects in which students might choose to use film as part of a multimodal composition or remix. I also encourage students to create or repurpose images, particularly when I teach classes on the rhetoric of advertising, or on web design.

But as someone who believes in making my classes accessible to all students, I’m concerned about the fact that visual mediums can exclude people with impaired vision or blindness. You might say, well, if you have a class that does not include students with vision impairments, then you don’t have to worry. But I have never really thought this way. In my own classes, I never assume that everyone can see (or hear, or otherwise process) clearly and easily.Without my thick glasses (and even with them, a lot of the time), I would be excluded from a lot of highly visual experiences, and so I assume the same for my students. Plus, visual information is processed differently by different people—we all see differently, at different speeds and levels of depth, and vision interacts with our other senses in a manner unique to each of us. Moreover, I want to provide examples in my class that model accessibility as a rhetorical process and a cultural requirement, that show how making things more accessible can also, much of the time, make them much more interesting and engaging, too. I try to make access a critical and political necessity. That doesn’t mean I always get it right, it just means I try. [read more]

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