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Sensory orchestration is central to literacy learning in the 21st century.

Sensory orchestration integrates multiple senses and the body and is integral to communication in a multimodal world. This project accounts for the previously under-recognised role of the senses in the social sciences.

Everyday literacy practices are both digital and multimodal—combining modes that include written and spoken language, images, gestures, touch, movement, and sound.

Multimodal literacy is central to the Australian Curriculum and international research, yet research and education largely prioritise visual texts. Visual skills alone are insufficient for the digital future.

The project develops new sensory literacy programs and builds an evidence base for students to become critical users of sensory techniques to communicate through digital, virtual, and augmented-reality texts.

The project utilises innovative sensorial education programs in primary schools, digital labs, and art museums to develop a next-generation approach to multimodality.

As a key life skill and a national curriculum requirement, engagement in digital and multimodal literacies in the primary years enriches learning and provides skills that support future workforce innovation and productivity.