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Digital Humanities Workshops by Brian Blackburne

January 2016

photoOn Tuesday, January 26, 2016, the T&T Guest Speaker Series brought T&T Alum Brian Blackburne (2008) to campus. Dr. Blackburn shared lunch with T&T students, faculty, and staff and discussed his experience with the hiring and tenure process. That evening, Dr. Blackburne conducted a lecture titled, "2 kewl 4 skool: Examining Students' E-Mail Habits in a Socially Mediated Culture." The lecture was attended by T&T students, alumni, faculty, and staff who enjoyed learning about the interactions between professors and students in e-mail correspondence collected between 2003 and 2013 from Dr. Blackburne’s students. Dr. Blackburne is currently an Associate Professor of Technical and Professional Communication at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.

T&T Mock Job Interview Panel

December 2015

photoFive courageous T&T students participated in mock job interviews to assist them in preparing for the job market. Sandy Branham and Clayton Benjamin held their interviews via Skype, and Emily Johnson, John Bork, and Eric Murnane participated in face-to-face interviews.  Drs. McDaniel and Vie were friendly but tough Search Committee members, as was Ms. Wendy Givoglu, Dean of Arts/Entertainment at Valencia College and a current T&T student. The "candidates" had pre-selected a job for which they wanted to interview, and submitted cover letters and CVs for consideration. Other T&T students were in attendance as observers, and provided written feedback to the candidates.

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Making Waves, Mixing Colors: Johnson Successfully Defends Dissertation

October 2015

photoEmily K. Johnson successfully defended her dissertation, Making waves, mixing colors, and using mirrors: The self-regulated learning support features and procedural rhetoric of three whole-body educational games. Emily’s dissertation explores three whole-body educational games (WBEGs) using a quantitative study, a case study, and analyses of their procedural rhetoric to better understand the roles these types of games can have in teaching self-regulated learning (SRL) and digital literacy skills. The three WBEGs, Waves, Color Mixer, and Light and Mirrors, are similarly structured and intended to teach science concepts to players.

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Disciplinary Mythologies: Lamothe Successfully Defends Dissertation

October 2015

photoJohn Lamothe, a graduate of Penn State University and current T&T student, successfully defended his dissertation, Disciplinary Mythologies: A Rhetorical-Cultural Analysis of Performance Enhancement Technologies in Sports, in UCF’s Center for Graduate Studies. Using a rhetorical-cultural methodological approach, John’s research led to the formation of a new theoretical framework called disciplinary mythologies. His dissertation discusses how two specific disciplinary mythologies—the level-playing-field topos and the nostalgia enthymeme—shape arguments and actions through sports discourse.

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Identification Through a Blended Method of Research: Culler Successfully Defends Dissertation

October 2015

photoConnie Culler successfully defended her dissertation, Good Works: Commonplaces of Corporate Social Responsibility in the Travel and Tourism Industry. A set of six companies was selected for the study -- Disney, Hilton, Intercontinental, Marriott, Starwood, and Wyndham – and commonplaces were identified through a blended method of research that employed rhetorical analysis, modified grounded theory, and NVIVO content analysis software.

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Challenging Preconceived Notions on Race and Culture

October 2015

photoDr. Paulette Richards, Executive Director of the Atlanta-based digital production company, Ayamedia, presented her work in creating lo-tech videos with her handmade puppets, challenging how we see and think about race and culture. Dr. Richards, a graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Virginia, is a scholar, teacher, videographer, and performing artist, planting seeds of change wherever she goes. Her work is compelling and significant, and draws primarily on social semiotic theory to develop students’ new media literacies. Dr. Richard uses the production of digital media to make students more aware of visual and other rhetorical strategies. More about Dr. Richards may be found here: https://sites.google.com/site/pauletterichards3/home.

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2015 Conference in Ireland

July 2015

photoPastoral and inspiring, the University of Limerick campus in western Ireland served as the perfect backdrop for two back-to-back conferences on technical communication attended by several T&T faculty and students, ProComm 2105 and Sigdoc 2015.  Faculty and students presented both workshops and posters during the events.

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Chapter Written by T&T Community Published in Routledge Studies

May 2015

photoUCF's T&T Community had a chapter Teaching the Repulsive Memorial published in Pedagogies of Public Memory, a Routledge Studies in Rhetoric and Communication anthology. Authors include Barry Jason Mauer, John Venecek, Amy Larner Giroux, Patricia Carlton, Marcy Galbreath, and Valerie Kasper.

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Digital Humanities Workshops by Dánielle Nicole DeVoss

March 2015

photoThe T&T Guest Speaker Series brought Dánielle Nicole DeVoss to campus in March to discuss innovative new directions in Digital Humanities. She conducted a workshop, "Composing Multimodal Projects,” and presented “Creative, Innovative, Digital, and Entrepreneurial: Constellating New Directions for Humanities Work.” Students, faculty and staff enjoyed learning how to engage students in producing multimodal works, how creativity and innovation merge with digital spaces to create scholarly projects in a continuously transforming landscape, and received numerous possibilities for how to engage the humanities with community initiatives. Dánielle is the Director of Digital Humanities and Professor in Writing, Rhetoric & American Cultures at Michigan State University.

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T&T Guest Speaker Series: Understanding Graduate Research Production in the Digital Age

February 2015

photoGuests from the University of Florida – Sophia Acord (Associate Center Director/Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology & Law) and Laurie Taylor (Digital Scholarship Librarian) – met with T&T students and faculty to discuss Open Access and Electronic Dissertations.

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April Anderson: Breaking the Archival Fourth Wall

February 2015

photoApril Anderson, University Archivist at the Milner Library at Illinois State University, presented a lively discussion for T&T students, faculty, and members of the UCF Library concerning Digital Archival Exhibition in the Digital Realm. Dr. Anderson also visited Dr. Barry Mauer’s class, Visual T&T, to discuss Citizen Curatorship of digital materials.

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Congratulations on a Successful Dissertation Defense

February 2015

photoCongratulations to Donnie Merritt for successfully defending his dissertation, “The Impact Of User-Generated Interfaces on the Participation of Users with a Disability in Virtual Environments.”

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Texts and Tech Program Hosts Workshops on How Learning Works

February 2015

photoUCF Texts and Technology hosted two workshops for the program's Graduate Teaching Associates. Led by Eric Main, Associate Director of UCF’s Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning, the sessions were based on the book How Learning Works: Seven Research-based Principles for Smart Teaching by Susan Ambrose, et al.

The workshops address students’ prior learning and motivation, course organization and climate, mastery learning, providing feedback, and encouraging self-directed learning.

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