Below you can find good examples of multimodal work done in different media--primarily by students, but occasionally from others as well. These are intended to serve as examples of work that stands out and that should be achievable by students at VCU.
"Documentaries bring viewers into new worlds and experiences through the presentation of factual information about real people, places, and events, generally -- but not always -- portrayed through the use of actual images and artifacts. But factuality alone does not define documentary films; it's what the filmmaker does with those factual elements, weaving them into an overall narrative that strives to be as compelling as it is truthful and is often greater than the sum of its parts."
Examples of student-made documentary film projects:
Example #1: "Locked Out" by Hannah Carroll, Florida A&M University
Tools and Guidance for Creating Documentaries
What is Prezi?
Prezi is a visual presentation software and storytelling tool (not unlike PowerPoint) that allows users to present ideas with motion, zoom, and spatial relations on a virtual canvas.
What is PowerPoint?
PowerPoint is another--and perhaps the most famous--visual presentation software. It allows users to create individual "slides" with text, images, animation, and sound. Note that there is a web-based version of PowerPoint as well.
Examples of good Prezis
Examples of good PowerPoints
Tools and Guidance
What is an Infographic?
An infographic is a quickly understood and clear visual representation of information, such as through diagrams, timelines, flowcharts, maps, word clouds, graphs, tables, and so on.
Other infographics examples:
Tools and Guidance
The most popular, and proven effective, organizational model is called L.A.T.C.H. (see vimeo.com/17430125):
Sites to assist in creating infographics:
What is a podcast or audio presentation?
A podcast is a talk or music program that is made available for download over the Internet. Generally, podcasts proper are themed collections of such programs released in a series over (definite or indefinite) time. Typically podcast files are downloaded directly by the listener or through the use of a "podcatcher" software that automatically pulls down new files to a local application which makes them available when the user is off-line.
15 Minute History (produced by students and faculty at The University of Texas at Austin)