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The word 'play' in colorful text

Throughout the long history of the lab, play has been one of our central recurring areas of interest. In the lab’s current manifestation our focus has turned specifically toward digital games. Digital games are always laden with values: they make assumptions about players’ bodies and beliefs as well as race, gender, class, sexuality, and ability. Games invite their players to identify with these assumptions in order to succeed. But players can also resist a game’s procedural rhetorics, sometimes learning more

Lesson Plan: Narrative Numbers

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Data, Lesson Plans, Pedagogy, Tools

By Sierra Mendez & Sarah Welsh Maybe we can begin by blaming Plato for his view that math, specifically geometry, was the one perfect truth in the world–a belief systematically strengthened by science’s insistent reliance on empirical, numerical data as “truth.” These notions have been adopted into the public conscious, leaving people with the tendency to treat quantitative evidence as unquestionable facts that are above argument. Most students tend to say things like “numbers speak for themselves” when instead they

Lesson Plan: Photography, Photoshop, and Visual Rhetoric

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Data, Lesson Plans, Pedagogy, Tools

By Sierra Mendez & Sarah Welsh This data visualization lesson plan focuses on image manipulation across a variety of sources. It matters to us and to the classroom because 21st century forms of media and knowledge dissemination demand that we be able to interpret and utilize visual forms of information. Photos are a key component of modern data visualization whether they make up the data itself or are integrated into an infographic. An acknowledgement and understanding of how photos are

(Re)visualizing Data

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Assignments, Data, Lesson Plans, Pedagogy, Tools

Stylistic data visualization similar to snow on a TV screen but with no accompanying data

Team Data Visualization is proud to present a new set of lesson plans that we’ve designed to be as cohesive as the first. With a little planning, anyone can share a data visualization lesson plan with their students. Sarah Welsh and Sierra Mendez collaborated on two lesson plans. The first takes inspiration from Dr. Johanna Wolfe and her work on rhetorical numbers to help students think about the often mistaken view that numbers always equal fact. The second provides a meditation on rhetorical

Teaching Wearables and Metadata: An Introduction

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Data, Devices, Lesson Plans, Pedagogy

An image of words jumbled together, with some words emboldened and enlarged. The largest bold word is "Metadata," which is the focus of the artwork. Other words hat are large and bold include "information," "definitions," and "systems".

This semester, Team Wearables is committed to providing faculty interested in digital rhetoric and pedagogy with lesson plans that get at the heart of academic issues surrounding the proliferation of wearable devices. Our first set of lessons this semester focuses on one particularly salient issue concerning the examination of wearable technology today: metadata. Metadata isn’t a recent phenomenon. The Dewey Decimal System creates metadata so that the books, journals, and periodicals we need are easier to find in our libraries.

Visualizing Data with Google Maps

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Accessibility, Data, Data Visualisation Week, Digital Archiving, Locative Media

A picture of a map of an unidentified space with a large red pin marker stuck in the center of the map's area.

Visualization: Sierra Mendez. Text: Amy Tuttle. It’s hard to believe that at one time, map ownership was a privilege reserved for the wealthiest members of a society. But thanks to modern surveying techniques and satellite systems, highly precise maps are widely available on the internet. As a result of this ubiquity, maps have become absolutely critical in many fields of human endeavor. With a few clicks of a mouse, Google Maps will allow you to explore the earth, the moon,


Teaching Data Visualization: An Introduction

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Data, Data Visualisation Week, Lesson Plans, Pedagogy

A word cloud made with the 200 most common words in this post

Team Data Visualization is proud to present a set of lesson plans that are ready to use in your classroom (networked or not). Whether you’ve been thinking about introducing a data visualization lesson of some kind, or have no idea what that would even look like or how it would fit in a writing classroom (or any classroom for that matter), we’ve got you covered. We’ve designed this set of lesson plans to be cohesive, but you can pick any

Talk: “Supporting the Knowledge Work of Peer Learning with Eli Review”, 3.30pm 9/28

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Events, Pedagogy

Photograph of open laptop on a plain gray background. Laptop screen displays Eli Review logo and text "Bettr feedback. Better revision. Better writers."

Join the Department of Rhetoric & Writing for Prof. Bill Hart-Davidson’s talk, entitled “Supporting the Knowledge Work of Peer Learning with Eli Review”, on at 3:30pm on Wednesday, 9/28 in Parlin 104. His presentation will talk about the Eli Review, an on-line peer review and writing support tool that he helped to invent. Read the talk abstract behind the cut. Here is Prof. Hart-Davidson’s abstract: “Work on the software service Eli Review started nearly ten years ago at the WIDE

Web Presence Workshop, Sept 23

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Flyer for web presence workshop hosted in the DWRL; stylised image of a brown-skinned woman against a purple background, with the words 'Develop your web presence'. Friday, Sept 23, 1-3pm, PAR 104

Join the Digital Writing & Research Lab for a Web Presence workshop on Friday, September 23 between 1 and 3pm in PAR 102. Whether you want to put the finer details on your existing professional website or need to start from scratch, we’ll give you the skills you need to create a professional web presence and showcase your accomplishments. If you have questions about the event or need to request accommodations, email Jake Cowan at