Play

DWRL Staff

Games

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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

Save the Date

Amy Tuttle

Events

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Mark your calendars! Next July, The Digital Writing & Research Lab will be hosting a summer institute for developing digital field methods for scholarly research and publication. This meeting of Digital Field Methods Institute (DFMI) will focus primarily on sonic research methodologies. Emerging and established scholars are all welcome to join us in Austin next summer! More details soon!

Summer Lab 2017

Jake Cowan

News

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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

Serial Exposition

Will Burdette

Multimodal Writing

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Dr. Nathaniel Rivers of Saint Louis University gave a talk on March 22, 2017 in the DWRL. His talk built on Dr. Casey Boyle’s article “Writing and Rhetoric and/as Posthuman Practice” in College English. This video reiterates that talk. Serial Exposition from DWRL on Vimeo.

Bibliography Management

shaherzadahmadi

Data, Pedagogy, Tools

Wooden desk strewn with loose papers and spiral notebooks

In high school, works cited pages always gave me pause. I would print the specifications of the bibliography style and take great care not to misplace a period or a comma. Invariably, it took me far longer than I expected. When I was in college, I started to use sites like Easybib. But by then, I had a lot more material to review and it wasn’t as simple as producing a works cited page. What I needed was an easier

You’re Invited: Spring Digital Pedagogy Showcase

Sarah Noble Frank

Events, News, Pedagogy

Poster for Digital Pedagogy Showcase. Event information provided in body text.

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

Lesson Plan: Digital Reproduction

J Brentlinger

Devices, Lesson Plans, Pedagogy

In 1935 Walter Benjamin wrote, “Around 1900 technical reproduction had reached a standard that not only permitted it to reproduce all transmitted works of art and thus to cause the most profound change in their impact upon the public; it also had captured a place of its own among the artistic processes.” This assignment musses with his assertion by creating a digital, “academic,” work of art. It asks students to produce an audio recording of his article “The Work of

Lesson Plan: Virtual Reality Apps

shaherzadahmadi

Lesson Plans, Pedagogy, Tools

Though the public has expressed interest in the commercial possibilities of Virtual Reality (VR) apps, less attention has been paid to VR’s educational value. This lesson plan allows students to explore what VR has to offer in music, art, and science. The question here is, of course, how does VR enhance the study of these diverse subjects? By offering a three dimensional perspective, students may reconceptualize music, art, and science as well as brainstorm how technology may transform education. Students

Lesson Plan: Perspective API – Rhetorical Metadata, Pathos, and the Future of Internet Moderators

andrewheermans

Assignments, Devices, Lesson Plans, Pedagogy

Teaching students how to analyze an argument is no simple task, as rhetorical analysis exists on a spectrum of complexity ranging from the most commonly encountered modes of persuasion, to analytical frameworks that push the definition of “rhetorical action” to its limit and beyond. What this disparity demonstrates is that rhetoric is generative, inventional, it stipulates through rhetorical action its own limits, it defines itself through its own capacities. Moving students from summary to analysis in Unit 2, students are

Lesson Plan: Infographics – Digital, Visual Stories

Sierra Mendez

Data, Data Visualisation Week, Lesson Plans, Pedagogy

Image source: www.the-digital-reader.com. Image source: www.the-digital-reader.com. Both infographics and data visualization are tools to visually represent data. They make it easier for audiences to grasp difficult concepts by communicating meaning through a visual summary. It is the level of narration where the forms diverge: data visualization will employ algorithms to directly represent vast quantities of data and make interpretation simpler, whereas infographics are constructed by a human to tell a story about the data–to summarize its context, its meaning, and