Tinkering With Pedagogy: Experimenting With Technology at the DWRL

andrewheermans

Accessibility, Devices, Games

At the start of last academic year, the Digital Writing and Research Lab assigned two research imperatives: data visualization and wearable technology. While data visualization is ubiquitous in most forms of media, and serves an already established and crucial role in empirical research and its dissemination, the affective affordances of wearable technology are emergent, and the cultural narratives that surround this category of technology is contingent upon the continuous emergence and advancement of new devices. Recently, the DWRL has obtained

Lesson Plan: The Ethics of Virtual Reality

shaherzadahmadi

Lesson Plans

In this lesson plan, students consider the ethical questions surrounding violence in virtual reality. By reading about the 1990s debate regarding the power of video games to produce violence in the real world, they discover that these are old questions that take on new urgency in the age of virtual reality. Students engage with an intellectual debate that played out in popular discourse. They articulate an opinion based on the information. By experiencing virtual reality (VR), students discern the difference

Roundtable Interview with Dr. Jim Brown

Matt Breece

Alumni, Events

Jim Brown sitting at a table behind a laptop computer, looking to his right with a joyful smile.

As part of the DWRL’s first Alumni Network Event, the Lab hosted a roundtable interview with Dr. Jim Brown on March 30, 2017. The roundtable was led by Program Coordinator Will Burdette, and joined by Assistant Director Sarah Frank and Staffer Sarah Welsh. In this roundtable interview, Dr. Brown reflects on how his time as a graduate student in the DWRL prepared him for a career in digital rhetorics and to direct the Digital Studies Center at Rutgers University-Camden, as

Workshop Recap: R and Twitter

Kevin Schaeffner

Data, Events, Social Media

Lars Hinrichs, pictured center, leads the workshoppers through an intro to the language of R.

In the first workshop of the fall semester, Lars Hinrichs brought his knowledge of English Language and Linguistics to the DWRL for an introduction to R and Twitter. While Twitter’s reputation certainly preceded itself, the workshop began with an introduction to R — a necessary introduction for those of us unfamiliar with current research practices in the digital humanities. As a programming language, R is an open-source tool for statistical analysis and visualization. For a range of scholars interested in

Archives Re-Imagined

DWRL Staff

Digital Archiving

archives (re)imagined

As the lab has grown older and alongside the constant flux of new staff members, archiving has taken a more central role in both our day-to-day and long-term thinking and practice. Archival theories and practices have long been central to scholarship on rhetorical history. With the emergence of technologies in digital archiving, however, and as rhetorical scholars have become involved in the construction of digital archives and exhibits, we increasingly recognize archives themselves as rhetorical entities. Staff members working in

Play

DWRL Staff

Games

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

Save the Date

Amy Tuttle

Events

Black banner with white text that says 'it's coming.'

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

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

Serial Exposition

Will Burdette

Multimodal Writing

Video still of stereoscope photo of crowd outside

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