Randy Nichols and CLAM


Randy Nichols along with Tharon Howard and Constancio Nakuma, are recognized in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Clemson University has developed a unique, new course entitled, “Cultural Literacies Across Media” or CLAM for short, and the course is beginning to receive national recognition, as evidenced by a story which appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education on July 22, 2010CLAM is a unique course designed to help students studying abroad to utilize the power of multimodal compositions in order to better understand other cultures. Taught by Randy Nichols whose RCID dissertation research contributed important content for the CLAM curriculum, the course not only teaches students how to produce their own multimodal compositions in social media, it also utilizes the power of multimodalities to deliver the course content in an entirely online form. Using cameras, Camtasia Studio, and other resources in the MATRF, Randy (with support from Tharon Howard and thanks to a generous grant in 2009-10 from the Provost’s Office) produced a series of online learning modules which study-abroad students can access anywhere in the world at their convenience. Throughout the course, students interact with one another via the CLAM Soup blogsite which Randy maintains at clammysoup.blogspot.com/.  Many of the students’ final projects can be viewed at the CLAM Soup blog, or they are also posted on the Office of International Affairs’YouTube channel.


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