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The importance of multimodality and making online classes accessible with Kristine Koyama

Episode 7



Transcript created by Frankie Martinez.


In this episode, we discuss

The importance of multimodality and making online classes accessible with Kristine Koyama.

Highlights include:

  1. What were the challenges and accessibility issues you faced when moving classes online amidst the pandemic? (1:32)
  2. How do we support students with different learning styles in an online format? (4:33)
  3. What are some of the tenets of creating an accessible online classroom? (7:37)
  4. How does multimodality fit with creating an online learning space? (7:37)
  5. What resources are out there for instructors who want to create a labor-based or contract-based grading system? (18:50)
  6. How do we accommodate students who have chronic illnesses who might otherwise not be able to fulfill a labor-based grading contract? (23:18)
  7. Do you have advice for instructors who aren’t familiar or comfortable with teaching online? (34:07)

Resources Mentioned


About Kristine Koyama

Kristine Koyama is a doctoral student in the English department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and received her MA at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Her research focuses on the environmental humanities, particularly the racialization of the climate crisis and issues of transatlantic climate disruption. Additionally, Kristine has taught college writing courses for the past three years and is passionate about bringing issues of race and climate justice into her classroom. It is with this lens that she approaches multimodality in the classroom as an integral part of creating an equitable learning space.


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