Multiliteracy Mandala

The Multiliteracy Mandala

In this mandala, the focal point for meditation is the content. The mandala form allows entry to the content through various paths or “lenses.” Individuals also engage with content through three distinct roles: producer, audience and distributor.  Although an individual can take on the role of only one, or of all three, each role manipulates the content differently and in the process, often “code switches” between the different roles, thus creating meaning through shifting prisms.

Some of these prisms are related to design elements such as tools, aesthetics, narratives and texts.  These elements provide overlapping codes and conventions that users recognize, choose, refine and create in order to make sense of the content.  Users recognize, understand and use these conventions in order to make sense of the content and to use these literacy conventions to communicate with others.   Elements for each of the design elements are detailed in the design of the mandala.

Finally, literacy conventions are embedded in context.  These contextual issues contribute the meaning of content and also influence its creation. These include cultural, historical, political, economic, environmental and social factors related to the reception and creation of content.  I don’t believe that a person can be fully literate without an awareness of these factors influence on content.

------Kathleen Tyner, 2008


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