Visual Rhetorics, New Media, and User-Centered Design
Theories, applications, and research in visual communication from a rhetorical and user-centered perspective, including subjects such as Document design, Web design, Multimedia design, Usability studies, Media studies, Instructional design, and Interaction design.
5365: New Media Rhetoric. Introduction to theoretical and practical complexities and practicalities of working with new media and graphics.
5369: Discourse and Technology. Study of the effects of computer networks and digitally mediated knowledge management on theoretical, practical, and pedagogical notions of discourse and discourse communities.
5375: Document Design. Theory and practice of creating comprehensible, usable, and persuasive texts.
5376: Online Publishing. Design and testing of online documents to support instruction and information retrieval.
5377: Visual Rhetoric. Analysis and theory of the persuasive, discursive, and argumentative nature of the visual components of documents.Note: Some courses are onsite only.
Facilities and Resources
- Usability Research Lab (URL). The TCR program has a dedicated lab for testing the usability of documents, web sites, and other communication designs.
- Media Lab. The Media Lab offers hardware, software, and training for using digital media, video, audio, podcasting, streaming, and instructional design
- Servers. We manage a number of servers for research and development, including Apache and IIS web servers, as well as a Windows Streaming Media server.
Related Work From Our People
- Dissertation: The Role of Rhetorical Invention for Visuals: A Study of Technical Communicators in the Workplace
- Dissertation: Open-Source Software Development and User-Centered Design: A Study of Open-Source Practices and Participants
- Dissertation: Exploring User / Webtext Interactions: An Examination of Gender and Sex Differences in Web Use
- Dissertation: The Making of Knowledge in Science: Case Studies of Paleontology Illustration
- Publication: Web Development: A Visual Spatial Approach.
- Publication: Writing Software Documentation: A Task-Oriented Approach
- Publication: Cruel Pies: The Inhumanity of Technical Illustrations
- Publication: Hiding Humanity: Verbal and Visual Ethics in Accident Reports
- Publication: Multimodal Composing: Teaching Effective Communication Through Exploring Oral, Chirographic, Typographic, and Electronic Culture
- Publication: ePortfolio Performance Support Systems: Constructing, Presenting, and Assessing Portfolios
- Publication: New Media Labs as Key Technical Communication Support Spaces