Technologies & Helpful Hints

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DMAC/the Multimodal Study Group does not endorse any particular platform or company over another; rather, the following list is offered in the spirit of adapting to the hardware and software affordances of particular institutional and local contexts.

Aptana Studio: website design
Audacity: audio composition
Audacity Manual: using Audacity for audio editing/composition
Audacity MP3 Encoder: export MP3 files
Camtasia: screen recording and video composition
Comic Life: graphic composition
Data Visualization Tools: data visualization (list)
Dreamweaver: website design
easelly: infographic design
Elements: image and video manipulation
Evernote: notetaking and word processing
Final Cut Pro: video composition
GarageBand: audio composition
Gephi: data and network visualization
GIMP: image manipulation
Google Keep: notetaking
Handbrake: adding captions to video files (instructions [PDF])
Insights from a DMAC participant: Ashanka Kumari, “A Reflection and Step-by-Step Process of Using Open-Source Software to Closed Caption Video” (DMAC 2016)
iMovie: video composition
KeepVid: streaming video downloader
MovieCaptioner: video captioning
oXygen: XML editor
Photoshop: image manipulation
Picasa: image manipulation and sharing
Pixlr: image manipulation and composition
Prezi: presentations
Pro Tools: audio composition
Scalar: multimedia scholarly projects
Scriviner: notetaking and word processing
Storify: social media aggregator
SIMILE Project: timelines
SoundCloud: online audio hosting
Squarespace: website design
ThingLink: image and video annotation
Timeglider: timelines
Timeline JS: timelines
Windows Movie Maker: video composition
Wix: website design
WordPress: website design

Conferences and Organizations

Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations
Center for Digital Storytelling
Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities @ Loyola Chicago
Computers and Writing
Conference on College Composition and Communication
Council of Writing Program Administrators
Digital Media Project @ OSU
Digital Rhetorics and Digital Humanities @ IU
Digital Union @ OSU
Electronic Literature Organization
The Humanities and Technology Camp (THATcamp)
Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities
National Council of Teachers of English
Rhetorical Composing MOOC @ OSU
Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative
TechRhet Listserv
Thomas Watson Conference @ Louisville


Center for Media and Social Impact
Copyright Laws and Fair Use: A Handout by Crystal VanKooten (CC-BY)
Creative Commons Search
Documentary Filmmakers’ Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use
Internet Archive
Prelinger Archives
Public Domain Music
Reporter’s Recording Guide
Wikimedia Commons
YouTube and Creative Commons


Curating Your Digital Identity
David Carr’s Syllabus
Traci Gardner’s “Ten Ways to Use Digital Tools in the Writing Classroom”


A Brief History of DMAC @ The Writing Instructor
College Composition and Communication
Composition Studies
Computers and Composition
Computers and Composition Digital Press
Computers and Composition Online
Currents in Electronic Literacy
Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives
Digital Humanities Now
Digital Humanities Quarterly
Harlot: A Revealing Look at the Arts of Persuasion
Hybrid Pedagogy
Journal of Digital Humanities
Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy
Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy
Showcasing the Best of CIWIC/DMAC
The Writing Instructor

Teaching Resources

Cynthia Selfe, Digital Media Composing (Fall 2014)

Web Design

Dreamweaver Tutorial
HTML Tutorial
Google Charts
Google Fusion Tables
HTML5 Bookmarks
jQuery UI Javascript Library
A List Apart
Lynda Tutorials
Sitepoint Tutorials
Stack Overflow Q+A Boards
W3Schools Online Web Tutorials
Web Monkey