Summer Lab 2017

Jake Cowan

News

An illustration of the sun with the words Summertime and the living is easy written on it.

Every summer, the DWRL admin team takes refuge from the blistering Texas sun in the air-conditioned sanctuary of our classrooms and workspaces, where we conspire and collude as we’re rushin’ to put together the upcoming year’s research program. From the beginning of June to the end of August, we work through the behind-the-scenes details to ensure a successful, productive, and engaging year in the lab. With lab members gone over the summer, enjoying the refreshing depths of Barton Springs, that

Spring 2017 Speaker Series: Laurie Gries, “Doing Digital Visual Studies”

Jake Cowan

Events, News

Please join the Digital Writing & Research Lab for Dr. Laurie Gries’ lecture, “Doing Digital Visual Studies,” on Friday, February 24th, at 3pm. The talk will be held at the Texas Union Eastwoods Room (UNB 2.102). This month, the Digital Writing & Research Lab is delighted to welcome Dr. Laurie Gries from the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Gries will present a talk titled “Doing Digital Visual Studies,” drawing upon her extensive work in

Pedagogical Periscope: The Basics of Streaming a Webinar from Your Phone

Jake Cowan

Devices, Pedagogy, Tools

Whether it’s the weather or you’re just feeling under the weather, traveling to campus and working with students in person isn’t always the best course of action for your writing course. In fact, staying home can sometimes be the most pedagogically effective choice—students always will appreciate the break, and you can probably use one, too. But just because you’ve stayed home and in your pajamas doesn’t mean a lesson can’t still be learned, by both students and instructor alike. With

Eli Review at the DWRL

Jake Cowan

Events, Tools

Recently, Professor Bill Hart-Davidson from Michigan State University visited our spaces in the DWRL to discuss Eli Review, a software service for writing courses that he has helped co-develop. Whether you’re an instructor in an undergraduate composition classroom or a grade school teacher working with hormonal youths, Eli Review both simplifies and expands pedagogical possibilities. By analytically structuring peer review and revision, Eli Review provides students with well-defined objectives while giving instructors detailed information on the progress of their classes.

To Catch ’em All, Campus Needs to be Accessible

Jake Cowan

Accessibility

One afternoon sometime in the middle of our summer, in need of a little sun—the glow of a monitor only goes so far—I picked up my laptop and headed out to the UT turtle pond to work underneath one of the shadier trees. While this spot is usually among the less crowded on our 50,000+ person campus, on that day it was bustling with more bodies than just those with shells. “Catch anything good out here?” a youngish voice asked

Object of the Archive, Part III: What is an Archive?

Jake Cowan

Digital Archiving

In my last couple of posts, I interrogated what might be meant by common words like “object” and “thing” in a digital context. Utilizing distinctions made by Martin Heidegger, I suggested that we experience the world around us in terms of objects when we look only for what is present, what is scientifically verifiable, what is calculable, in a manner the philosopher calls Vorhandenheit, or present-at-hand. Alternatively, Heidegger offers us the notion of a thing, which gathers its surrounding context together in its use, which

Object of the Archive, Part II: What is a Thing?

Jake Cowan

Digital Archiving

In my previous post, I began to define what we might mean when we call something an “object” by way of the philosopher Martin Heidegger’s term Vorhandenheit. With this neologism, which is translated as the compound present-at-hand, Heidegger articulates an abstract, indifferent, and theory-driven way of relating to an entity that narrowly focuses on its empirical and scientific qualities.

Object of the Archive, Part I: What is an Object?

Jake Cowan

Digital Archiving

This semester, DWRL staff members working in the Digital Archiving Research Area (DARA) have been tasked with exploring the technological, pedagogical, and theoretical intersection of two formidable abstractions: The Archive and the Object. These are vibrantly contested terms, around which significant differences in epistemological and discursive practice turn. Like black holes colliding, the meeting of these rhetorical question marks will send waves throughout the university—or such is our gambit.

Typographic Topography

Jake Cowan

Multimodal Writing

Before getting to where the Typography Team’s™ cartography project has ended up, it might be a good idea to put these maps in context and point out how we got started down this particular(ly strange) path in the first place. It begins, as so many things do, with a slip. It was the week before the semester began, and I was on a beach working on a tan instead of working on a dissertation. Having just received word from the DWRL’s indefatigable leaders on my specific research

Typographic Prosopopoeia Lesson Plan

Jake Cowan

Assignments, Lesson Plans, Multimodal Writing, Pedagogy

Among the many other fantastic lesson plans outlined by our DWRL colleagues for the recent Digital Pedagogy Open House, the Typography Team™ offered the following exercise as one way to integrate a rhetoric of fonts into a writing classroom. In your typical freshman comp class, instructors often observe that a student tends to give more thought to what she writes than how she writes it, and so the goal of many assignments is to have students become more aware of how the how works to persuade, paying