From the Archive: Learning To Move: Connecting Pedagogy With Context Through A Difficult Classroom

DWRL Staff

History, Pedagogy

The lab is hosting a open house this coming Friday that showcases the pedagogical work that our staff members have been doing this semester. We’re planning on rearranging one of our rooms a bit to fit everyone in, and this got us thinking about how drastically the physical classroom can impact the course of a semester. Here’s a look back as some former lab members worked through these issues.

From the Archive: Preparing White Papers in the CWRL

DWRL Staff

History

We’d like to kick off our “From the Archive” series with former lab director Peg Syverson’s initial white paper. It “launches the CWRL White Paper Series. It establishes a rationale, principles, and guidelines for structuring white papers and suggests how they might be distributed and archived for future use.” The white paper series lasted essentially five years, from 2003 until the early winter of 2008. Including a latecomer from 2013, the lab has published 30 white papers, and over the

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Introducing Our Fall 2015 Research Priorities: Activist Twitter and Race

DWRL Staff

Social Media

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The Research Priority for Social Media in 2015 is ‘Activist Twitter and Race’. Twitter has emerged as a significant site for activism and activist rhetorics, and it has been an especially important nexus of Black activism. Hashtags like #BlackLivesMatter, #Ferguson, #IfIDieInPoliceCustody, and #ICantBreathe, among others, have drawn attention to stories and social inequities that traditional news outlets fail to address.

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Introducing our Fall 2015 Research Priorities: Augmented Reality

DWRL Staff

Locative Media

Google cardboard headset on a table

Our 2015 Priority in Locative Media is Augmented Reality. Mobile interfaces—including but not limited to smartphones and wearable devices—allow information and sensory experience to be layered over the physical-geographic world, mediating and supplementing users’ perceptions of ‘reality’, space, and place. Given the increased prevalence of such technologies and intense recent interest in rhetorics of space and place, such additions to the lived environment afford rich possibilities for rhetorical scholarship and instruction.

Introducing Our Fall 2015 Research Priorities: Typography

DWRL Staff

Multimodal Writing

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In the 2015-2016 academic year, researchers in the Multimodal Writing Research Area will research modern typography and explore the technological, pedagogical, and theoretical relevance of typography to digital rhetorics. The proliferation of design technologies give users an increasing opportunity to make design choices; typography, sometimes assumed to be rhetorically neutral, in fact represents an important set of rhetorically-charged design choices.

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Introducing Our Research Areas: Social Media

DWRL Staff

Social Media

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In recent years, social media websites have become increasingly popular venues for rhetorical exchange as well as social and political engagement. They have also attracted the attention of teachers and researchers interested in writing in digital environments.

Introducing Our Research Areas: Multimodal Writing

DWRL Staff

Multimodal Writing

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The Multimodal Writing research area is founded on the assumption that all writing is already multimodal—even traditional or analog writing. “Multimodal writing,” then, is not simply the practice of remediating text or supplementing it with additional media; rather, the DWRL sees “multimodality” as being at the core of writing itself—a potential site of interaction between analog and digital writing technologies and between human and nonhuman actors.