You’re Invited: Spring Digital Pedagogy Showcase

Sarah Noble Frank

Events, News, Pedagogy

Graphic for Digital Pedagogy Showcase with event title and information and a pattern of blue video game controllers

Please join members of the Digital Writing & Research Lab for the 2017 Spring Digital Pedagogy Showcase. What: A presentation of digital lesson plans and assignments, designed for writing courses and curricula by members of the Digital Writing & Research Lab. Pizza and beverages will be provided. Where: UNB 4.224 (Asian Cultures Room, Student Union) When: Friday, April 28, 1:30PM – 3:30PM Why: The incorporation of digital materials will strengthen any teaching portfolio, whether you’re applying for a teaching award

“Doing Digital Visual Studies” with Laurie Gries

Matt Breece

Data, Events, Tools

Photograph of Laurie Gries speaking at a lectern.

As part of our spring 2017 Speaker Series, the Digital Writing & Research Lab hosted Dr. Laurie Gries, whose lecture “Doing Digital Visual Studies” reflects upon and extends the research she undertook in her award-winning book Still Life with Rhetoric: A New Materialist Approach for Visual Rhetorics. In her longitudinal study of Shepard Fairey’s “Obama Hope,” she developed a digital, visual methodology called iconographic tracking in order “to trace the circulation, transformation, and consequentiality of new media images.” Dr. Gries’s

Save the Date: Roundtable Interview and Lunch with Dr. Jim Brown

Sarah Noble Frank

Alumni, Events, News

The DWRL is pleased to welcome Dr. Jim Brown to campus for our first annual Alumni Network Event March 29-31, 2017. Dr. Brown is an Assistant Professor of English and the Director of the Digital Studies Center at Rutgers University. He is a 2009 alum of the Digital Writing & Research Lab. Dr. Brown conducts research in the areas of digital rhetoric, electronic literature, and software studies. His recently released book, Ethical Programs: Hospitality and the Rhetorics of Software, examines the ethical

Workshop Recap: Visualizing Rhetoric with Emojis and GIFs

Mac Scott

Events, Multimodal Writing

In the DWRL’s most recent workshop, staff members looked at two of the most apparent–but perhaps most easily dismissed–exemplifications of visual rhetoric: emojis and GIFs (Graphics Interchange Format). Although we’ve all no doubt interacted with both emojis and GIFs before–whether you see them as a mildly amusing (or annoying) novelty or an essential part of how you communicate with others–we wanted to do more than glance at these visual vehicles of expression, and instead explore their affordances and limitations. Splitting

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

Rhetorical Numbers: A Workshop with Dr. Joanna Wolfe

Sierra Mendez

Alumni, Data, Events, Pedagogy

A variety of colored graphs on a white background

Across public and social media, there is a tendency to treat quantitative evidence as facts that are above argument. Most students, indeed most people, tend to say things like “numbers speak for themselves” when instead they should ask, “what are these numbers being used to say and how?” The University of Texas recently hosted a lecture and workshop with Dr. Joanna Wolfe, Professor and Director of the Global Communications Center and at Carnegie-Mellon University. A graduate of UT’s Department of

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.

Workshop Recap: Audio Recording and Editing

andrewheermans

Audio Week, Events

Will Burdette, Lab Coordinator, leads the workshop on audio recording, in Parlin Hall 102.

Last Friday, The DWRL hosted one of its bi-weekly digital literacy workshops, where staff members can increase their digital literacy and ascertain useful skills for the digital world we live in. This last week’s workshop circled around audio: from genres of audio, strategies for using audio, finding audio that is usable (and legal), and of course recording hardware and editing software. The Lab’s Coordinator and resident audio expert, Will Burdette ran the workshop, and led the attendees through both a

Audio: Avital Ronell’s Digital Traces

Reinhard Mueller

Audio Week, Digital Archiving, Events

This is a picture of Avital Ronell in a speaking gesture with her right arm, spreading her four fingers and holding a blue pen with her thumb. She is standing in fron of two computer screens. Behind here is a dark wall. She is looking into the camera and is wearing black rectangular glasses. She has red lipstick and a red ribbon in her her. Her hair is mainly black, and she wears a black jacket with a white-red blouse.

With new digital forms of communication, we face new forms of writing, new forms of signs and texts, of producing always new kinds of what Jacques Derrida calls “traces” in our world. The human being is no longer a spirited entity that produces sublime speech, but we are products of manifold traces that in turn leave a myriad of traces behind. How, then, does technology change our ways of communicating, our ways of thinking, our ways of existing? Does humanity