Resources for Making Multimodal Arguments

Below is a short—not at all comprehensive—list of software, mostly free and online, that you can use for your Multimodal Digital Space Argument. You are not limited to using these tools, but they might be of help to you. You are also, of course, free to use any software you feel most comfortable with and have regular access to.

As we’ll discuss in this unit, free accounts are monetized through a variety of means, including targeted advertising, collecting and selling your personal data, collecting and selling the personal data of individuals who visit your online creations, limiting options and pushing for purchases, or a combination thereof. Use the skills for analyzing digital spaces to assess whether you would like use these services.

Remember, your Multimodal Digital Space Argument should include a combination of modalities and should not be in the same mode as your Visual Argument Piece. As with the visual arugments, you will be assessed on your design and rhetorical choices, rather than the quality of your piece.

Infographics

Piktochart: Easy-to-use inforgraphic maker with a range of templates and a host of icons and fonts; can also be used for making posters; free account has access to all templates and methods of downloading/sharing, but is limited to 5 infographics

Venngage: Also a great resources for making infographics; can also be sued for making posters; free account has limited access to templates and sharing options

Podcasts

Audacity: Free, open source audio editing software, but must be downloaded to your computer; allows you to record directly or import audio from another source; view this CDEx tutorial for more

GarageBand (Mac Only): Audio editing software that comes with all Apple computers; allows you to record directly or import audio from another source; includes a library of music and sounds

Slideshow Presentations

Google Slides: Standard online slideshow software free with a Google account; can be downloaded in a range of formats or embedded into a webpage with automatic slide advancing to create a video; for information on how to embed, see AppsCare’s how-to; for additional slide designs/templates, see Slide Carnival

Adobe Spark: Free online resource from Adobe for making “social graphics,” webpages, collages, and slideshow videos; limited design capability, but can work if your design plan fits with its capabilities

Text-Based with Photos

This WordPress Site: Use the gallery tool to create an image gallery with captions

Google Docs: Standard online word processing software free with a Google account

Microsoft Word (see below for more information about TCU student access to Word)

Videos

AdobeSpark Video: Free online resource from Adobe for making “social graphics,” webpages, collages, and slideshow videos; limited design capability, but can work if your design plan fits with its capabilities

iMovie (Mac only): Film editing software that comes with all Apple computers

Websites

FrogFolio: Supported by TCU with customizable privacy options (best if you don’t want to create a public site), but restricted to a single template and less user-friendly than other website builders; free for all TCU students

Weebly: Considered one of the most user-friendly website builders, but has fewer styling options compared to other builders and may look less professional; free version includes ads

Wix: Drag-and-drop feature lets you customize your site while drawing on their extensive templates, but you are locked into a template; free version includes ads

WordPress.com: Free version of the website platform used for this course website

Additional Resources

Copyright Free Music

BenSound: Royalty free music

Freesound: Database of Creative Commons Licensed sounds and music; requires that you register a free account

Screen Capture Software

Screencast-O-Matic: Allows you to capture any section of your computer screen through an online application; free version limits screencapture time and includes a water mark

QuickTime Player (Mac Only): Video viewing software that comes with all Apple computers; to access the screen capture function: “File” > “New Screen Recording;” has limited editing capabilities

Screenshots: Both Apple and Windows computers allow you to take still screenshots; see “How to Take a Screenshot on a PC” and “How to take a screenshot on your Mac”

TCU’s Center for Digital Expression

Visit the CDEx’s website for overviews on a range of visual/digital media and for open hours, where you can get help with any digital project you are currently working on.