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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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Congratulations on a Successful Dissertation Defense

January 2015

photoCongratulations to T&T student, Leandra Preston-Sidler, who successfully defended her dissertation on January 27, 2015.

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Congratulations T&T Alum Meghan Griffin!

January 2015

U.S. News & World Report recently ranked the Best Online Programs in the nation and T&T Alum, Dr. Meghan Griffin (2012), leads one of the bachelor degree programs offered at Daytona State College (DSC) that ranked #2! Meghan is the Director of the Bachelor of Applied Science Program (BAS) in Supervision and Management, which was the first online bachelor’s program offered at DSC. Meghan says, “Our goal is simple: leverage digital platforms to give our online students the best learning experience possible. Because we serve returning adult and working students, our students have as much to learn from one another as they do from faculty. So we've made our online classrooms highly interactive and team-oriented, where you're part of a network of professionals located across the globe.

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Cuevas Shares Dissertation Advice

November 2014

photoHaydee M. Cuevas, a member of the UCF Texts and Technology Advisory Board, recently shared dissertation advice in the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society's HFES Bulletin.

Cuevas authored two articles, "Preparing the Dissertation Proposal" and "Preparing the Dissertation Final Defense."

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Scot French Presented Work at the Southern Historical Association Annual Meeting

November 2014

photoT&T faculty, Scot French, presented his latest work on text-mining and topic modeling of the Florida Historical Quarterly at the Southern Historical Association annual meeting in Atlanta, Nov. 14. As part of the SHA workshop, "Computers, Visualization, and Regional History: New Approaches to Visualizing the Literature of a Field," French included examples of student projects from his Digital Tools for Historians (HIS 6165) graduate seminar. His FHQ project collaborator, David Staley, presented on "Hermeneutics through Material Form: Sculpture as Scholarly Performance in Digital History."

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An Interview with Featured Alumnus: Mark Pollitt

November 2014

photoFormer FBI agent Mark Pollitt first visited UCF while working with the National Center for Forensic Science to develop standards for digital forensics. After his retirement from the FBI, he consulted as a cyber-security expert and did some adjunct teaching before accepting a full time position as a visiting professor at UCF. Shortly afterwards, he was accepted into the Texts and Technology Ph.D. program.

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